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ITVS label Big Talk rebrands as MD Matthew Justice plans departure

ITV Studios’ Friday Night Dinner label Big Talk Productions has rebranded as Big Talk Studios amid a team restructure that sees MD Matthew Justice stepping down and Christina Angeloudes promoted to commercial director. Justice is exiting after 16 years with the company to take on a new role which will be announced “in due course.” […]

Amazon’s Freevee finally serves up US version of ‘Friday Night Dinner’

Amazon AVOD service Freevee is expanding its originals with a remake of UK comedy, Friday Night Dinner. The show will be titled Dinner With The Parents and is to be produced by ITV Studios-owned Big Talk Productions, which was behind the original, and CBS Studios. The 10-parter will, as per the UK version, follow the […]

Apple TV+ inks overall deal with Tom Hanks’ Playtone & orders Noel Fielding comedy

Apple TV+ has inked an exclusive multi-year overall deal with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s firm Playtone. The deal will see Playtone develop, produce and distribute programming encompassing series, limited series, documentaries and unscripted projects, for a global audience. This new partnership with Playtone builds on Apple’s existing film and series relationship, which includes the […]

Circle of Confusion TV Studios to adapt sci-fi drama ‘Austral’

US-based Circle of Confusion Television Studios and ITV Studios-owned Big Talk Productions in the UK are adapting author Paul McAuley’s sci-fi novel Austral for TV. Elise McCredie (Stateless) will write, while Erik Skjoldbjaerg (Occupied) is attached to direct the series, with both to also executive produce, alongside Kenton Allen, Luke Alkin and Matthew Justice from Big Talk, and Lawrence […]

Edgar Wright and collaborators launch new prodco; Netflix shows already lined up

British filmmaker Edgar Wright has partnered with past collaborators Nira Park, Joe Cornish and Rachel Prior to launch a new production company, Complete Fiction. The UK-and-US-based prodco will create content for both TV and film, with Wright expected to produce projects helmed by up-and-coming writers and directors that he will help to mentor. The company […]

BBC, Amazon order Big Talk comedy from Stephen Merchant, Elgin James

BBC One in the UK and Amazon Studios have linked up on a new six-part comedy from The Office and Lip Sync Battle co-creator Stephen Merchant. The Offenders (working title) is from writer and director Merchant and Elgin James, co-creator of Mayans M.C., and is being produced by ITV Studios-backed Big Talk Productions. Merchant’s prodco […]

ITV orders ninth series of ‘Cold Feet’

ITV has recommissioned its BAFTA winning comedy drama, Cold Feet for a ninth series from creator and writer Mike Bullen and producers Big Talk Productions. Six new episodes of the Manchester based series will begin shooting later this year commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill. Cold Feet stars James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris, Robert […]

BBC links with Lionsgate to adapt The Play That Goes Wrong

BBC One has commissioned a six-part series based on theatre production The Play That Goes Wrong from Lionsgate UK, Big Talk Productions and Anthology Group-owned comedy producer Mischief Screen.  The series, entitled The Goes Wrong Show, sees The Cornley Drama Society undertaking another overly ambitious endeavour, held back by prolific over-actor Robert Grove, screen-hogging Sandra […]

Cold Feet producer sets up shop in Manchester

Cold Feet producer Big Talk Productions is heading north with a new production base out of Manchester. The northern outpost, titled Big Talk North, will focus on developing and producing comedy and drama. Big Talk’s northern ambitions come a week after Channel 4 unveiled the city as the base for its national headquarters. The producer […]

Finnish VOD service orders ITVS to create Threesome

ITV Studios Finland is set to produce a remake of scripted format Threesome for Finnish VOD service Elisa Viihde. Filming on the ten-episode series begins later this month. The ITV Studios Global Entertainment format was originally produced in the UK by Big Talk Productions for Comedy Central. The ITV Studios Finland version of Threesome will follow three […]

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