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Kids round-up: Wildbrain reveals management rejig; M6 and Canal+ partner on ‘Presto’; C5 extends Daisy & Ollie’

Wildbrain reveals management appointments Canadian producer and distributor Wildbrain has revamped its senior management team with a raft of new appointments. Former Universal Kids boss Deirdre Brennan becomes EVP of content partnerships,overseeing distribution and building on an advisor role she had with the company since last year. Michael Riley has been appointed chief brands officer […]

Banijay Rights to sell Thomas Markle doc internationally

Banijay Rights has acquired the rights to Thomas Markle: My Story, a Channel 5 documentary featuring an exclusive interview with Meghan Markle’s father. Banijay says the 90-minute documentary features an up-to-the-minute, first person insight into the one of the biggest international news stories this year, the decision by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to step […]

ViacomCBS expands UK AVOD service My5 with Endemol Shine deal

ViacomCBS-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has launched two channels on its VOD service My5, which will be stocked with programming from Endemol Shine Group. The two genre based channels, Masters of Food and Reel Truth Crime, will be available via the on demand service and will see 60 hours of specialist food and crime content […]

ViacomCBS duo Channel 5 and Network Ten order Anglo-Aussie drama

ViacomCBS-owned Network Ten in Australia and Channel 5 in the UK have joined forces to commission a four-part drama from Fremantle. Breathless (4 x 60 minute) is centred on a British woman and her husband who seek a fresh start in Australia after infidelity rocks their marriage only to find the young local nanny they […]

UK commissions: Channel 5 reveals 2020 slate; BBC Three, Showtime renews ‘Back to Life’

Channel 5 reveals slate of 2020 programmes  Access-driven documentaries, history programming, natural history and heartland factual highlight a new slate of programmes heading to Viacom-owned broadcaster Channel 5 in 2020. Keo Films’ Inside Extinction Rebellion (w/t; 1 x 60 minutes) has secured access to the environmental activists, who use creativity and people power to raise awareness of […]

BritBox UK launches with Channel 4 and distribution deals in place

Channel 4 has joined the BBC and ITV’s joint streaming service BritBox as it launches in the UK almost nine months after plans were first confirmed. The fledgling platform has struck a three-year deal with C4 for more than 1,000 hours of content from catch-up service All 4, including comedy, drama and non-scripted programmes, as […]

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 […]

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