Coronation Street

Ex-Sky exec joins ITV’s drama team

ITV has appointed former Sky and current Radio 4 exec Huw Kennair-Jones to its drama commissioning team. Kennair-Jones, most recently editor of Radio 4’s The Archers, will move to ITV to take commissioning responsbility for continuing dramas Coronation Street and Emmerdale. Joining the team in December, he will report to ITV’s head of drama, Polly […]

Snapchat set for scripted content in 2017

Snap Inc’s VP of content Nick Bell has said the platform is set to release scripted content before the end of the year during a keynote speech at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. While discussing the platform’s commissioning and financial model, Bell said: “Candidly, we haven’t gotten into scripted yet because scripted is expensive, and we want […]

UK soap Corrie adds extra weekly ep

Coronation Street, the UK’’s longest running soap, will run for six days a week from late next year. Kevin Lygo, the former ITV Studios boss now director of television at ITV, said the move to add a sixth episode to Coronation Street’s weekly schedule was a priority for him when he took on his new […]

Corrie off air in the US, Hollyoaks stays on

Coronation Street has been taken off streaming service Hulu, meaning the iconic British soap is no longer available in the US. The series is one of longest running in the UK, having been on ITV since 1960. It is distributed internationally by ITV Studios, which confirmed it is no longer on Hulu and now has […]

CBC stocks up on BBC and ITV drama

Canadian pubcaster the CBC has bought UK period drama Banished and a new adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde and both are among the highlights of its upcoming 2015-16 schedule. Banished (left), which follows exiled Britains in an Australian penal colony in the 18th century and airs on BBC One in the UK, has been acquired from […]

UK soaps stay on Aussie screens

Australian pay TV channel UKTV will run British soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale until at least 2020. This comes after UKTV operator BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand renewed an agreement with distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment. UKTV will get five more seasons of Coronation Street comprising 1,300 new episodes and 260 episodes of Emmerdale, […]

ITV Studios gets Possessed by new UK indie

ITV Studios and UK producer Glenn Hugill are setting up a new UK indie, Possessed TV. Hugill (left) started out as an actor – starring in Coronation Street, Footballers Wive$ and Dalziel and Pascoe – before going on to produce shows including The Mole, Cash Cab and Deal or No Deal. He also created the […]

ITV launches intn’l Coronation Street, Emmerdale OTT service

ITV has launched ITV Essentials, an international subscription catch-up service that allows viewers to watch the UK broadcaster’s two most popular soaps from outside of the UK. At launch itvessentials can be accessed in twelve European countries for a monthly subscription fee of €5.49 (US$7.37). Customers, who will need a WiFi connection, can then watch […]

Ireland’s UTV seals ITV deal, plans new channel

Northern Irish commercial broadcaster UTV has agreed a programming deal with its UK counterpart ITV and will launch a new channel in the Republic of Ireland. UTV is the Northern Irish member of the ITV network and has sealed a deal for ITV programming for the new channel in the south of the country. The […]