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UK parliament calls for high-end tax relief reform, terms of trade review

The UK’s high-end tax relief for drama should be reformed and producers’ Terms of Trade with broadcasters should be reviewed, according to a far-reaching report into the country’s TV industry. The UK’s House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee has been reviewing the impact of SVOD services on the UK’s public service broadcasters (PSB’s) such […]

DR opens ‘Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds’ in Denmark

Danish pubcaster DR has ordered a local version of a UK format that sees senior residents of a care home brought together with four-year-olds for six weeks. The local version of Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds will be produced by Danish firm Snowman Productions, which was previously behind the original Married At First […]

Exclusive: Avalon pulls ‘Taskmaster’ from UKTV as Channel 4 circles

Avalon Television is snatching its format Taskmaster from UKTV’s Dave five years after the show debuted on the channel and grew to become its biggest hit.  TBI understands that the BAFTA-nominated comedy format will not be returning after the current season ends next week. It is believed that Channel 4 is close to securing the […]

True North appoints Norma Wisnevitz as COO

UK producer True North has appointed former Channel 4 Growth Fund executive Norma Wisnevitz as its new COO. Wisnevitz, who was most recently senior portfolio manager at Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund, will take up her new role this month. She will work with the prodco’s creative directors to steer strategy and oversee plans to […]

October Films veteran Denman Rooke steps down

October Films’ executive chairman Denman Rooke is stepping down from his position, after almost 25 years at the company. Denman joined October Films in 1995, originating, directing and executive producing observational documentaries as well as science, history and current affairs series. He became MD in 2004, exec producing shows such as The Beslan Siege as […]

Channel 4 commissions ‘Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o’, ‘Your Room Or Mine?’

Oscar-winning actor-producer Lupita Nyong’o is fronting a new documentary on Channel 4 exploring the Agoji warrior women of West Africa. The specialist factual 1 x 60-minute commission, Warrior Women With Lupita Nyong’o (working title), finds the star journeying across Benin to explore the legacy of the Agoji women. Known to the Europeans as ‘Amazons’, the […]

Channel 4 signs up for ‘Meat The Family’, ‘Lost Pharaohs Of The Nile’

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has signed up to innovative format Meat The Family (working title) from Spun Gold TV. The 3 x 60-minute series forces families to question how much they know about the animals they put on their plates. Over three weeks, four families will share their homes with the animals they would normally […]

Channel 4 CEO calls for support to remain “vital counterweight” to streamers’ power

Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon has said UK public broadcasters must be supported if they are to remain a “vital counterweight” to the “growing concentration of power” held by a small number of global tech firms and streamers. In a far-reaching speech at the Royal Television Society Convention in Cambridge, Mahon discussed the impact of […]