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BBC crisis claims more scalps as Patten begins search for new DG

Following the resignation of BBC director-general George Entwistle on Saturday, head of news Helen Boaden and deputy director of news Stephen Thomas have “stepped aside” for the duration of the ongoing Pollard enquiry into flagship current affairs show Newsnight. Head of newsgathering Fran Unsworth has been named as acting director of news, while Ceri Thomas, […]

BBC orders Hurricane Sandy Superstorm documentary

UK public broadcaster the BBC has ordered a fast turnaround documentary about the hurricane that hit the US East Coast last week. Sandy: Anatomy of a Superstorm will be a 1x60mins doc for BBC Two. It is being made by Shine-owned Dragonfly, the production company behind Channel 4’s Terror at Sea: The Sinking of the […]

BBC and Discovery making Nasa disaster drama

The BBC and Discovery’s Science Channel are coproducing a one-off factual drama with William Hurt, who will play scientist Richard Feynman and tell the story of his search for truth in the wake of the 1986 Nasa Challenger disaster. The as-yet-untitled drama will be a BBC Scotland Science and Science Channel coproduction. Filming starts this […]

Hollywood Studio formats

Plans are underway to make some of the most iconic US shows ever for local broadcasters with international versions of 24, Breaking Bad, ER, Glee and Gossip Girl planned in countries as far afield as Israel and China. Shows including Prison Break, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives have already had the remake treatment and […]

Harvey Weinstein preps TV version of Miramax movie Shall We Dance?

Harvey Weinstein has told TBI that he plans to make a TV version of Shall We Dance?, the 2004 Miramax romantic comedy that starred Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez. The news comes as The Weinstein Company plans to move more heavily into scripted TV and its president of TV, Meryl Poster, also told TBI that it […]

Rastamouse becomes Rastasouris for Canal+

Canal+ has ordered a French-language version of hit preschool series Rastamouse. DHX has inked a deal with the French premium channel and the local version of the series will be called Rastasouris. “Rastamouse is distinctive and unique, yet universal in appeal, due to the positive messages and themes at the heart of each episode, coupled […]

MIPCOM Interview: Jane Campion

Jane Campion is the Oscar-winning director behind The Piano. She will be at MIPCOM, with her writing partner Gerard Lee, to talk about her first major move into TV drama with upcoming series Top of the Lake. Distributed by BBC Worldwide, the scripted series tells the story of the disappearance of a young girl and […]

MIPCOM Hot Pick: Nation’s Brightest

Nation’s Brightest has been a big hit for German public broadcaster and now BBC One has greenlit a local version. The format, which was created by German production company I&U, sought out the brightest individual in Germany, with the first phase of the show travelling from town to town before the regional winners went head […]

Studio Lambert poaches Top Gear producer from the BBC

Studio Lambert has hired Gary Hunter, the BBC executive responsible for the hugely successful redesign and relaunch of motoring series Top Gear. He will become head of studio at the All3Media-owned production company, which is run by Stephen Lambert. Hunter has been at BBC Factual for over a decade. In addition to Top Gear, he […]

ZDF buys Aussie Prank Patrol

ZDF has acquired the Australian version of kids hidden camera series Prank Patrol. The German public broadcaster acquired the series from Marvista, which sells it internationally. The show was created by Canadian indie Apartment 11 for Canada’s YTV. The Australian version of the live-action series, which travels from the cities of Melbourne to Brisbane, is […]

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