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Inside UK drama’s tipping point

As 2019 kicks off with the anticipation of new drama-packed SVODs, Neal Street Productions co-founder Dame Pippa Harris tells Kaltrina Bylykbashi how the rise of streamers has left UK drama at a dangerous tipping point For Dame Pippa Harris, and her Neal Street Productions, which All3Media brought under its umbrella in 2015, there is much […]

Green invests in UK-based Indie Prodco

Richard Green has signed an investment deal with UK-based factual indie prodco Midnight Oil Pictures. The investment follows Midnight Oil’s pitch to investors at Indielab, a business growth programme, last year. Victoria Powell, founder of Indielab said: “We are delighted to see Midnight Oil land an investment deal with Richard. With his unrivalled expertise and support, […]

South African SVOD service buys BBCWW shows

South African subscription on-demand platform MTN FrontRow has acquired BBC Worldwide shows Sherlock and Planet Earth through a deal with rights broker Vubiquity. The deal also includes crime drama Luther, period drama Call the Midwife, documentary series Africa and children’s shows such as Charlie and Lola. Orphan Black, Ripper Street, Happy Valley, Top of the […]

PBS prepares Great British Bake Off

US pubcaster PBS has acquired The Great British Bake Off as it cements its place as a key home for UK content in the States. The high-rating BBC Two reality competition show will run on PBS from Sunday, December 28 as The Great British Baking Show. The series will sit alongside UK shows such as […]

British drama features on expanded Masterpiece

PBS will launch several new scripted series from the UK in its winter/spring schedules. The US public service channel, which has enjoyed great success with UK drama Downton Abbey as well as the likes of Call the Midwife, is coproducing some of the drama for its expanded Masterpiece strand and has acquired several other titles. […]

Amazon and BBC Worldwide cut content deal

Amazon has struck a programming deal with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster. The agreement gives Amazon a raft of BBC programming for its Prime Instant Video subscription video-on-demand service. It covers library and current titles. Catalogue shows include comedy classics Only Fools and Horses, Red Dwarf, The Office, Absolutely Fabulous […]

PBS orders more Bletchley Circle, hails UK drama success

PBS has picked up the second series of period drama The Bletchley Circle. The US broadcaster said it will air the second four-part season of the show in a Sunday night slot, starting next spring. The series follows a group of women who worked in the intelligence service during WW2, and then afterwards got together […]

Using the UK tax credit to boost trans-Atlantic relations

Patrick Irwin, Justin Thomson-Glover and Louisa Spring – the principals of London and LA-based exec-production, coproduction and financing consultancy Far Moor – discuss how the introduction of the UK TV tax credit should be used to benefit the business on both sides of the Pond. The US cable networks are now looking at their development […]

PBS buys BBC dramas

PBS has acquired US rights to British dramas Last Tango in Halifax and Call the Midwife. The US broadcaster has done well with UK drama in recent times with period series Downton Abbey a ratings hit. It has now picked up two more UK-originated scripted series from the US arm of BBC Worldwide. Comedy drama […]

SVT buying spree includes The Bible and Bates Motel

Swedish public broadcaster SVT has acquired mega-hit miniseries The Bible. It has picked up the Mark Burnett-produced show amid a raft of drama acquisitions. The five-part series has generated consistently huge ratings on US cable network History and is distributed by Burnett’s One Three Media. SVT has also bought Psycho prequel series Bates Motel, which […]