Ed TV Festival: BBC talks linear; ITV defends ‘Love Island’ & Amazon on risk-taking

The BBC talked up linear reach, ITV defended Love Island and Amazon spoke about the importance of taking risks, on day three of this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival. Speaking at the festival yesterday, the BBC CCO, Charlotte Moore, defended the British pubcaster’s decision to return BBC Three as a linear channel in January 2022. The […]

BBC appoints Cinephil’s Philippa Kowarsky as Storyville commissioning editor

UK pubcaster the BBC has appointed Cinephil founder Philippa Kowarsky as commissioning editor of its original documentary brand Storyville, while Jo Lapping has taken on an enhanced role as head of factual acquisitions. Kowarsky will report to Rose Garnett, director of BBC Film, and be tasked with identifying and co-producing original documentary feature films with […]

BBC appoints presenter Suzy Klein to lead arts & classical music programming

UK presenter Suzy Klein has been appointed head of arts & classical music programming for the BBC, following an overhaul of the broadcaster’s operations earlier this year. Klein will focus on shows for the BBC’s linear channels, its streaming service iPlayer and other digital offerings, but she will also work with the broadcaster’s radio and […]

BBC fulfils factual & arts pledge with slew of commissions

UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered a slew of new programming through its recently created Factual, Arts and Classical Music “commissioning powerhouse”. The division, led by Patrick Holland, has unveiled several upcoming box-set series, delivering on its pledge to double investment in arts and music content on its BBC Two channel over the next two […]

BBC orders ‘Crossfire’ thriller with Dancing Ledge & Keeley Hawes

UK pubcaster the BBC has commissioned Crossfire, a new miniseries about a hotel shooting to star and be executive produced by Bodyguard’s Keeley Hawes. Fremantle-backed Dancing Ledge Productions will reportedly team with Hawes’ Buddy Club Productions to produce the three-part series for BBC One. It will be written by Apple Tree Yard scribe Louise Doughty […]

BBC selects factual talent for documentary initiative

UK pubcaster the BBC has selected four filmmakers to make their first documentary film through its New Documentary Directors Initiative. Now on its fifth year, the initiative takes place every 18 months, with the BBC’s documentary commissioning team selecting new factual talent to nurture and champion. The four directors will be housed in production companies […]

Seven, Globo & CBC among raft of buyers for BBC doc ‘Surviving 9/11’

Seven Network in Australia, Globo in Brazil and CBC in Canada are among a raft of companies to have picked up the upcoming BBC doc Surviving 9/11. The doc, which is from Top Hat Productions and distributed by Keshet International (KI), has also been pre-sold to TVNZ in New Zealand, DPG Media in Belgium, RTV […]

BritBox hires former Kudos CEO & BBC alum Diederick Santer as creative chief

Global streamer BritBox has appointed former Kudos CEO Diederick Santer to the newly created role of chief creative officer. Santer will join the BBC Studios (BBCS) and ITV joint-venture streamer in September and will oversee all aspects of programming on the SVOD service globally, including commissioning and acquisition across all genres and for all markets […]

TBI Weekly: What the UK’s kids commissioners want & why

As the Children’s Media Conference comes to a close, TBI’s deputy editor Mark Layton hears from bosses at Netflix, the BBC, Sky and others to find out what’s on their programming wishlists. Kids and youth TV is in demand like never before, as global streamers vie with broadcasters for eye-catching content to differentiate their offerings. […]

BBC hires Jon Petrie from Netflix’s Broke and Bones to lead comedy

The BBC in the UK has appointed Jon Petrie from Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones’s prodco Broke and Bones as its new comedy chief. Petrie replaces the outgoing Shane Allen, who revealed he would be stepping down as the BBC’s comedy chief earlier this year to return to production. He will report to BBC content […]