BBC acquires Masterpiece period drama ‘Miss Austen’

UK pubcaster the BBC has acquired Miss Austen, an adaptation of Gill Hornby’s novel, which being produced by Bonnie Productions for Masterpiece in the US. Federation Studios is distributing the 4 x 50-minute series, from writer Andrea Gibb (Elizabeth Is Missing, Mayflies), which started filming in the UK last month and is directed by Aisling […]

BBC faces further cuts as gov’t plans for below-inflation licence fee rise

UK public broadcaster the BBC is to receive a below-inflation increase to the licence fee once the freeze ends next year, the country’s culture secretary Lucy Frazer has indicated. The UK TV licence fee, the BBC’s primary source of funding, has been frozen by the government for the past two years at £159 ($201) per […]

ABC expands ‘Death In Paradise’ crime drama franchise with Australian spin-off

Australian broadcaster ABC has commissioned Return To Paradise, a spin-off from long-running British-French crime comedy series Death In Paradise. Set to launch on ABC in 2024, the series is being produced by BBC Studios Productions Australia with Red Planet Pictures, in association with UK pubcaster the BBC, which will screen the series on BBC One […]

Ant & Dec’s Mitre Studios hires Talkback & BBC alum Ed Sleeman as managing director

Mitre Studios, the UK production company run by TV personalities Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, have appointed Great Scott Media co-founder and Talkback and BBC alum Ed Sleeman to the position of managing director. Sleeman will lead the team and drive content opportunities across multiple platforms and genres. Reporting directly to the board, he will […]