TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from a week with the kids

From $15m funding slates to discussions about driving diversity, the past week has provided plenty to consider for those in the kid’s TV business. With the 17th edition of the Children’s Media Conference wrapping today, TBI reflects on the key takeaways. Reflecting your audience The conference kicked off on Monday with a keynote panel discussion […]

BAME TV Task Force reveals ‘positive response’ to discrimination letter

The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) TV Task Force says it has received a “positive response” from UK broadcasters following its open letter calling for “tangible changes” to end to racism in the industry. In June, the task force, which includes representatives of the UK TV industry’s BAME community, called on the British government, […]

Tuesday Child & BBC music format ‘The Hit List’ lands in the Netherlands

NPO1 in the Netherlands has ordered a local version of Tuesday Child’s BBC music entertainment format The Hit List. The show will be known as De Hit Kwis and is already in production with Vincent TV, which will produce a 24 x 60-minute first season for NPO. It will debut as a daily stripped show […]

Pulse Films non-fiction chief Jon Alwen exits to launch doc-focused Astronaut

Pulse Films’ non-fiction chief Jon Alwen has stepped down to launch his own production firm. Astronaut Films will focus on premium documentaries for UK and international markets and is based out of London. Alwen moved to Pulse having been head of docs at All3Media-owned LionTV and before that worked as an exec producer at Voltage […]

BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ to return for shortened season

UK pubcaster the BBC will be airing a shortened series of primetime celebrity dance competition Strictly Come Dancing this year, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The series, which is produced and distributed by BBC Studios, has aired 17 seasons on BBC One over the past 16 years, typically of around 25 episodes […]

BBC unveils $125m plan for ‘inclusive content’ & launches ‘diverse-talent’ target

The BBC in the UK has said it will “prioritise” spending of £100m ($125m) of its existing commissioning budget over the next three years on “diverse and inclusive content” and outlined plans for a new mandatory 20% diverse-talent target in all new network commissions. The BBC’s Creative Diversity Commitment, which it has claimed is the […]

AMC explores BBC’s ‘Salisbury Poisonings’ after striking Fremantle deal

US cable network AMC has picked up rights to BBC scripted series The Salisbury Poisonings, which recently became the UK broadcaster’s biggest overnight drama launch in six years. The show, which will debut in the US this autumn, is based on the true story of the 2018 Novichok poisonings and the impact it had on […]

BBC, Jimmy McGovern prep drama about racist attack victim Anthony Walker

The UK’s BBC has commissioned a one-off feature-length drama, penned by acclaimed writer Jimmy McGovern, and based upon the real-life story of British teenager Anthony Walker, who was murdered in a racist attack. Written by McGovern (Broken, The Street) and directed by Terry McDonough (Cold Feet, An Adventure In Space And Time), the 1 x 90-minute […]

AMC joins BBC on Ben Whishaw-starring ‘This Is Going To Hurt’

AMC in the US has joined the UK’s BBC on an adaptation of Adam Kay’s award-winning memoir This Is Going To Hurt, with Chernobyl outfit Sister attached to produce and Ben Whishaw (A Very English Scandal) starring. The TV show, which will use the same name as the novel, is based on Kay’s diaries and […]

BBC facing $82m shortfall as BBC Studios dividend ‘not going to happen’

The UK’s BBC is looking at a £65m ($82m) budget black hole after it emerged that the impact of Covid-19 on commercial arm BBC Studios (BBCS) will mean that the latter’s annual dividend to its public broadcaster parent is unlikely to be made. BBCS contributed almost £250m ($316m) to its parent broadcaster last year, driven […]

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