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Platinum Films global chief joins Jellyfish

Kids TV veteran Natalie Llewellyn is joining British children’s content producer Jellyfish Pictures as head of development. The exec (pictured) has spent the past five years as head of global strategy at another UK-based firm, Platinum Films, but has worked in the business for more than 20 years overall. At Jellyfish, which has been ramping […]

Roughcut TV names comedy chief

UK indie Roughcut TV has promoted Alex Smith to head of comedy. Smith has produced some of Roughcut’s longest-running sitcoms, Trollied, which plays on Sky 1 in the UK, and has worked on the firm’s newest comedy, Carters Get Rich. As comedy chief at Ash Atalla’s prodco, he will be responsible for overseeing an expanding […]

All3, Undercover Boss chief form reality prodco

All3Media America has formally brought Undercover Boss showrunner Chris Carlson into the fold. Carlson will head up reality producer Commonwealth Unscripted, the eleventh producer in the All3Media-owned All3 America stable. The LA-based firm will look to create new unscripted programming for US broadcasters, while also overseeing production of the Emmy-winning Undercover Boss US, which airs […]

ITV goes ghost-hunting with drama

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned a 1x120mins drama about a 1920s ghost hunter. Harry Price: Ghost Hunter will be produced by All3Media-owned Bentley Productions, which is behind ITV’s one most successful long-running dramas, Midsomer Murders. The fact-and-fiction thriller telemovie will follow real-life ghost hunter and skeptic Harry Price, who looked into paranormal activity and claims […]

All3Media posts profit ahead of takeover

All3Media Holdings, the parent company that houses All3Media and its production companies, posted turnover of £507.6 million and EBITA of £60.5 million for the year to August 31, 2013. This compares with with £473 million and £64.1 million the previous year. All3 said the earnings figure reflected investments in digital producer Little Dot Studios and […]

Discovery, Liberty set for $933m All3Media takeover

Discovery Communications and Liberty Global have reportedly paired up to acquire UK production powerhouse All3Media for around £550 million (US$933 million). Discovery and Liberty, which are both backed by US cable TV mogul John Malone, are due to formally announce the deal tomorrow, according to Sky News, which broke the news this morning. It is […]

The case of Midsomer Murders’ social media push

Long-running detective series Midsomer Murders is a classic whodunit, a classic British export – even the Government cites it as an amusing reflection of our society for overseas audiences. The drama, produced by Bentley Productions for ITV, recently celebrated its hundredth episode – and a concerted effort has been made to keep this centurion on […]

All3Media makes Midsomer Murders social push

UK-based programme distributor All3Media International is looking to take its long running drama series Midsomer Murders to a younger audience with the wide roll out of a new social networking extension. The firm launched a beta version of the Midsomer Murders Facebook game earlier this year, and is now in talks with broadcast partners about […]