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Oxford Scientific Films hires BBC alum as exec producer

Oxford Scientific Films (OSF), part of the ITV Studios-owned Boom Cymru group, has appointed BBC alum Lucinda Axelsson as executive producer. Axelsson is a multi-award-winning executive producer whose recent credits include Snow Bears for BBC One and wildlife drama series Serengeti, both of which were produced by John Downer Productions. Formerly a producer at the BBC’s prestigious Natural […]

BBC, Discovery to build “Marvel library” of factual content with SVOD

Discovery boss David Zaslav has likened the business’s whopping nine-figure deal for BBC content to an attempt to build a “Marvel library” for factual content. “Not only do we have the entire library, but now we have spin-offs and new series coming out of those brands that will be able to delight audiences all over […]

BBC, Discovery confirm UKTV channels break-up, SVOD plans

The BBC and Discovery have confirmed plans for a break-up of UKTV channels, and unveiled what BBC director general Tony Hall has described as the corporation’s “largest ever content sales deal” as part of a new SVOD offering.  Discovery is to take full control of lifestyle channels including Good Food, Home and Really, while BBC […]

UK parliament launches inquiry on the future of PSBs

The UK’s communications committee is launching a new inquiry that investigates whether there is a future for public service broadcasting as the rise of video on demand services continues. In recent years video streaming services have emerged as powerful global distributors and producers, creating mounting challenges for PSBs such as the BBC and ITV, according […]

BBC boss says ‘Bodyguard’ has drawn higher ratings than ‘The Crown’

BBC boss Tony Hall has said that BBC shows such as Luther and Bodyguard reached bigger audiences in the UK than Netflix’s The Crown, according to The Guardian. Citing internal BBC data, Hall reflected on the size of Netflix’s viewing figures, claiming only 7m Brits watched The Crown despite the enormous spend on the show, […]

BBC, ITV confirm plans for Netflix rival Britbox UK

The BBC and ITV expect to launch their joint SVOD service BritBox in the UK in the second half of this year, after agreeing a joint vision for the service. BritBox is currently available in North America and the UK version of the service will offer British content alongside new BritBox originals, commissioned from UK […]

Smithsonian links with BBC for Europe in Chaos

Smithsonian Channel and the BBC have teamed to explore the origins of Brexit and the migrant crisis with two-part special Europe in Chaos. The two hour-long specials reveal the fierce arguments and personality clashes among Europe’s leaders as they struggled over the past decade to find common ground amid intense political pressure, overwhelming waves of […]

TBI Weekly: Windowing battle brews for the BBC  

Senior producers and BBC Studios execs have spoken out about the public broadcaster’s plans to extend the 30-day iPlayer window into a full year, as BBC Two lags six months behind Amazon’s premiere date for big-budget co-production Good Omens. The future of the BBC’s catch-up service – where hit show Bodyguard racked up around 10.8m views […]

BBC links with Lionsgate to adapt The Play That Goes Wrong

BBC One has commissioned a six-part series based on theatre production The Play That Goes Wrong from Lionsgate UK, Big Talk Productions and Anthology Group-owned comedy producer Mischief Screen.  The series, entitled The Goes Wrong Show, sees The Cornley Drama Society undertaking another overly ambitious endeavour, held back by prolific over-actor Robert Grove, screen-hogging Sandra […]

Kids round-up: Nelvana’s China Tales, Cake’s Dragon, Jetpack hire & Crackerjack revival

Nelvana, WeKids partner on China Tales Incubator Corus Entertainment-owned producer-distributor Nelvana, Chinese animation distribution specialist WeKids and animation software firm Toon Boom Animation have teamed up on a talent initiative out of China. The China Tales Incubator is to attract talent and uncover story ideas to develop, produce and distribute for audiences in China and […]

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