UK broadcasters & trade bodies launch fund to close unscripted skills gaps

UK broadcasters, along with industry-led skills body ScreenSkills and trade body Pact, have teamed up to launch the new Unscripted TV Skills Fund, to address skills gaps and shortages in unscripted television across the country, with plans to increase training investment from £370,000 to £3 million per year by 2024. The BBC, Channel 4, Sky, A+E […]

Format round-up: BBC orders Storyboard photo format; Mongolia’s NTV enters ‘The Rolling Kitchen’; SimpelZodiak launches mystery dinner show

BBC orders Storyboard photo format UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered an original photography format from Scotland’s Storyboard Studios. The 4 x 60-minute Great British Photography Challenge will see six amateur photographers take on a variety of assignments around the UK and guided by world-famous portrait and fashion photographer Rankin. The series producer-director is David […]

BBC Comedy execs Kate Daughton & Sarah Asante depart

BBC head of comedy Kate Daughton and comedy commissioner Sarah Asante are both leaving the UK pubcaster. Daughton departs after more than five years at the company, during which time she commissioned shows including the second season of Fleabag and two seasons of The Offenders. This followed a career as a producer working on shows […]

BBC to double arts and music investment

UK pubcaster the BBC is to double investment in arts and music content on its BBC Two channel over the next two years, with new commissions announced, including a documentary on blackface minstrelsy and an exploration of ‘forbidden’ art. The BBC has made a further commitment to create up to eight major arts and music […]

BBC appoints comedy commissioner for North

The BBC in the UK has appointed a producer from its BBC Sounds division to take up a new role overseeing comedy commissioning in the north of England. Hannah Rose becomes assistant commissioner and will be based in Salford, with a remit to work with talent in the North on new and existing titles. She […]

BBC appoints editors for BBC One, Two & Four following commissioning overhaul

The BBC in the UK has promoted two execs as portfolio editors for its flagship channels, following the “radical” overhaul of the public broadcaster’s commissioning team that was revealed late last year. The revamp, which handed more commissioning power to streamer iPlayer, saw channel controller roles being replaced with genre-focused execs able to order programming without the need […]

BBC orders feature-length Joe Exotic doc from filmmaker Louis Theroux

British pubcaster BBC2 has ordered a one-off feature-length documentary from filmmaker Louis Theroux about Joe Exotic, the subject of Netflix series Tiger King. The 1 x 90-minute documentary, with the working title of Louis Theroux: The Cult Of Joe Exotic, is being produced by Mindhouse Productions, with Jack Rampling attached to direct and Arron Fellows […]

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