Ofcom encourages “Kangaroo 2” collaboration with UK PSBs

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has called on the UK’s public service broadcasters to collaborate in order to compete with global giants like Netflix, describing a previous regulatory block on such efforts as a “tragedy”. Speaking at the DTG Summit in London this morning, Ofcom group director and board member, Steve Unger, predicted that something along […]

War and Peace breaks out in Russia

Broadcasters in twelve territories, including one in Russia, have acquired local rights to War and Peace, the BBC’s television version of Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece novel. Significantly, Russia’s Channel One has acquired the series. Author Tolstoy was a key literary and political figure in 19th century Russia. China’s LeEco, Taiwan’s ELTA, India’s Vuclip, South Korea’s KBS […]

Airey exits Yahoo

Former Channel 5 boss Dawn Airey has left her position as chief of Yahoo’s European operations. Airey is well-known in UK TV circles, having been at Channel 5, Channel 4 and ITV in her TV career. She joined Yahoo in late 2013 as senior VP, EMEA. Yahoo confirmed her departure with a statement: “We are […]

Channel 4, Xbox to adapt Swedish sci-fi

UK broadcaster Channel 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios are readying Humans, a sci-fi series based on an SVT drama from Sweden. The deal will see Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks) writing English-language scripts based on SVT’s drama Real Humans. The 8x60mins series will launch in UK on Channel 4 and on the Xbox […]

YouView shareholders commit with £100m funding

All seven of YouView’s shareholders have agreed to back the UK smart TV platform for at least five more years, with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva remaining equal shareholders. YouView has also announced that it has passed well over one million connected UK homes in the 18 months since […]