BBC launches initiative to find & fund UK animation talent

UK pubcaster the BBC has launched Ignite, its “biggest ever” initiative to find and develop local animation talent. The Pablo and Hey Duggee broadcaster is calling on submissions from both established producers and emerging creative talent and is looking for animation ideas that reflect the lives and culture of children growing up in the UK […]

UK’s ScreenSkills funds 19 TV ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’

ScreenSkills, the UK’s industry-led skills body, is to fund 19 mid-level TV production crew through a comprehensive programme of mentoring, masterclasses, bespoke training and paid on-the-job training over the next three years. The recipients were chosen through the Leaders of Tomorrow programme, which is backed by ScreenSkills’ High-end TV (HETV) Skills Fund. These 19 crewmembers were […]

Shahid VIP, BBC prep Carlos Ghosn doc from MBC Studios & France’s Alef One

Middle East streamer Shahid VIP and the BBC have picked up rights to an upcoming documentary about the escape from Japan Carlos Ghosn, which features the automotive titan himself. Carlos Ghosn: The Last Flight is from Shahid VIP sibling MBC Studios and executive producer Nora Melhli’s France-based producer Alef One, with filmmaker Nick Green directing. It tracks […]

UK’s Ofcom ‘to regulate streamers’ incl Netflix, Amazon & Disney+

UK media regulator Ofcom is set to bring Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and other streaming services under its regulatory eye, marking a potential watershed moment for the country’s TV industry. The UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden will set out a proposal this week in a whitepaper that would extend Ofcom’s remit to cover on-demand services, according to The Telegraph. The […]

BBC & YouTube alum Victoria Jaye joins WhyNow to spearhead originals

Former BBC and YouTube originals exec Victoria Jaye has been appointed as content director at London-based WhyNow Productions. Stepping into the newly created role, and reporting to CEO Gabriel Jagger, Jaye will be responsible for spearheading the company’s move into original film and TV production. She will develop films, docuseries, and live events for streamers […]

BBC Studios hires BBC commissioner for history & arts docs

BBC Studios Productions has appointed former commissioner Abigail Priddle as creative director for the history & arts division of its documentary unit. Priddle will provide creative leadership to production teams and assist developing the strategy for history and arts as well as executive producing titles. She will also oversee a portfolio of projects for clients […]

Kids round-up: Amazon Kids+ & Moonbug strike content partnership; BBC names Kate Morton as pre-school programming lead

Amazon Kids+ & Moonbug strike content partnership Amazon Kids+, the retail and streaming giant’s child-focused subscription service, and London-and-LA-based kids content company Moonbug Entertainment, have partnered to create original productions for children. The first joint streaming project will be animated series Arpo Robot Babysitter, based on the YouTube series Arpo, which will premiere exclusively on Amazon Kids+. […]