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BBC alum Andrea Hamilton and music agency Modest! launch prodco, secures BBC1 order

BBC alum Andrea Hamilton has linked up with Harry Magee and Richard Griffiths’ Modest! Management – the agency behind pop group Little Mix and singer Niall Horan – to launch a new production outfit that has its first BBC commission. ModestTV will produce seven-part Saturday night series Little Mix The Search, which will air on […]

UK’s culture secretary “open-minded” to BBC licence fee change

UK culture secretary Nicky Morgan has said she is “open-minded” about changes to the way the BBC is funded, including moving from a licence-fee model towards a subscription-led service. Morgan was responding to a question during a Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee meeting in which she was asked whether she would […]

Breaking the taboo: How do we navigate mental health in TV?

Mental ill-health in the TV sector is an unspoken reality for many working in the field. Finally, these issues are in the spotlight. The UK’s Film and TV Charity recently launched the industry-wide Looking Glass survey to get a snapshot of the well-being of TV workers. Ahead of findings being released next year, TBI can […]

BBC’s content chief talks up iPlayer plans, benefits of extended rights window

BBC content chief Charlotte Moore has outlined how on-demand service iPlayer will become central to the UK public broadcaster’s approach to commissioning shows and argued its extended 12-month rights window will benefit producers. “We are transforming our offer to audiences. And this will mean a big change in the way we commission shows,” Moore told […]

October Films veteran Denman Rooke steps down

October Films’ executive chairman Denman Rooke is stepping down from his position, after almost 25 years at the company. Denman joined October Films in 1995, originating, directing and executive producing observational documentaries as well as science, history and current affairs series. He became MD in 2004, exec producing shows such as The Beslan Siege as […]

BBC readies fourth revamp of iPlayer in 12 years

The BBC is working on a total overhaul of its iPlayer streaming service, the broadcaster has confirmed. This announced revamp follows Ofcom’s decision that the BBC can extend its catch-up window from 30 days to one year. The PSB said that it is designing a fully redesigned “cutting-edge on-demand platform” that will alter the look, feel […]

Britbox adds Amazon, Now TV execs to UK management team

BBC and ITV-backed streamer BritBox has unveiled its senior management team ahead of the UK-focused service’s launch later this year, with new additions including a former Amazon exec. The team is led by the previously announced Reemah Sakaan who has expanded her BritBox US and CA role to become group director of SVOD at ITV. […]

Writer’s Room: Imagining the unimaginable with ‘The Windermere Children’

In TBI’s Writer’s Room, The Eichmann Show’s Simon Block discusses how he set about adapting the unadaptable with the Fremantle-distributed The Windermere Children for the BBC, which tells the story of child survivors of the Holocaust. Two years ago, I found myself in a small studio in central London watching a 90-year-old survivor of a […]

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