BBC alum Andrea Hamilton and music agency Modest! launch prodco, secures BBC1 order

BBC alum Andrea Hamilton has linked up with Harry Magee and Richard Griffiths’ Modest! Management – the agency behind pop group Little Mix and singer Niall Horan – to launch a new production outfit that has its first BBC commission. ModestTV will produce seven-part Saturday night series Little Mix The Search, which will air on […]

BBC One, Netflix preps Hippie Trail murder drama from Mammoth Screen

BBC One in the UK has commissioned a true-life drama from Poldark producer Mammoth Screen that explores how an elusive murderer operating on the Hippie Trail was caught and brought to trial, with Netflix onboard as a co-production partner. The Serpent is set in the 1970s and is being written by Ripper Street duo Richard […]

Acorn ramps up originals drive with BBC1

 AMC-owned Acorn TV is partnering with the BBC on family drama Pitching In. Starring EastEnders actor Larry Lamb and Hayley Mills (pictured), the drama will air in the UK on BBC1 Wales and BBC1 Daytime and on streaming platform Acorn TV in the US. It will be produced by Broken indie LA Productions, with Acorn […]

HBO boards BBC1’s His Dark Materials

HBO has boarded Bad Wolf’s His Dark Materials adaptation for BBC1, picking up distribution rights for the drama outside the UK. The AT&T-owned cable channel has swooped in for the adaptation of the Philip Pullman novels, signing on to co-produce alongside Jane Tranter’s Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema. The drama – which started filming […]

Hugh Grant returns to TV for BBC’s A Very British Scandal

Hugh Grant is returning to TV for the first time in 20 years. The actor, best known for his roles in iconic feature films such as Four Weddings and A Funeral and Bridget Jones’s Diary, has been lined up to play former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe in BBC1 three-part drama A Very English Scandal. […]

Channel 5 orders Too Fat to Fly as part of Supersize season

UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered a one-off doc, Too Fat to Fly. The 1x60mins show will be made by UK indie Zig Zag Productions and chart the holiday horror stories experienced by obese holidaymakers, including people who have had to be cut out of theme park rides and winched out of waterslides while […]

The Finance of Formats

European broadcasters gained US$2.75 billion in 2012 from the 100 top format titles.   The TV Formats in Europe report covers 84 channels across 16 territories and shows that the 2012 figure was 5.3% up on the 2011 total and 20.1% up if you go back to 2009. Correspondingly, the number of hours broadcast reached […]

BBC1 investigates threatened wildlife

UK pubcaster BBC1 has commissioned a wildlife series in which experts will lead a a campaign to save some of Britain’s most endangered species. Outline Productions is onboard to produce 6x60mins Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival, which will be presented by Countryfile’s Ellie Harrison (pictured) and bring together wildlife experts and viewers to highlight then plight […]

Foxtel-BBC channel deal ‘disappoints ABC’

Australian pay TV provider Foxtel is to launch a premium BBC content channel on its platform. The move has reportedly upset BBC Worldwide’s long-term partner in the territory, the ABC. Yesterday, Foxtel unveiled what it described as a “significant multi-platform deal” with the BBC’s commercial arm BBCWW to create an ad-free subscription channel offering premieres […]

Endemol, BBC America, Bell onboard BBC1 drama

Endemol Worldwide Distribution, BBC America and Bell Media channel Space are among new partners to join upcoming BBC1 fantasy series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. The programme goes into pre-production this month, lead by producers Cuba Films and Feel Films and financing specialist Far Moor. It can now count Endemol Worldwide Distribution , BBC America, Space, Screen Yorkshire and Canadian prodco […]