CPL Productions

CPL Productions alum Jack Shillaker joins Ant & Dec’s’s Mitre Studios as creative chief

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly’s Mitre Studios has named former CPL Productions exec Jack Shillaker as its creative director of television. Shillaker takes up his role this month and will oversee format creation, while also exec producing across Mitre Studios’ broadcast output. Prior to joining Mitre, Shillaker worked at CPL on shows including Sky’s A […]

Netflix orders thriller ‘The Madness’ & expands ‘Love Is Blind’ to UK

Netflix has ordered conspiracy thriller The Madness and a UK version of dating format Love Is Blind. The Madness is created by Stephen Belber, who serves as co-showrunner alongside VJ Boyd, and produced by Chernin Entertainment, which is under a first-look deal with the streamer. Colman Domingo (Zola, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) stars as media […]

Unpacking the beta male in Ranga Bee’s ‘Avoidance’ with Romesh Ranganathan & Ben Green

With BBC Studios Showcase kicking off today, TBI’s Mark Layton talks to Romesh Ranganathan and Benjamin Green about Avoidance, the first comedy resulting from the company’s partnership with producer Ranga Bee. Anyone logging on to the BBC Studios Showcase today will get the chance to take their first look at Avoidance, one of this year’s […]

Show of the Week: Quizness

Normally, quiz show contestants do their best to avoid appearing foolish in front of the cameras, but in this new entertainment format, looking silly is the quickest way to win. Hosted by a popular comedian – Tom Allen in the UK version – each episode sees four contestants’ general knowledge put to the test as […]

TBI Weekly: Embracing autism & disability representation

To mark World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April, TBI deputy editor Mark Layton talks to producers from around the world, and across a range of genres, about their neurodiversity and disability-focused shows and what best practices can be learned from how they brought them to the screen. Authentic on-screen representations of disability and neurodiversity are, […]

Red Arrow Studios extends pact with UK’s CPL Productions leadership team

Red Arrow Studios has extended its multi-year deal with the trio behind Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds firm CPL Productions. Danielle Lux, Murray Boland and Janet Oakes have all agreed to continue their partnership with Red Arrow, which bought the UK-based TV and audio production company in 2012. The company’s slate includes the […]

Exclusive: Red Arrow future unclear as creative chief Nina Etspueler exits

Doubts have emerged over the future of Love Is Blind and Deep State producer Red Arrow Studio (RAS), after creative chief Nina Etspueler became the latest senior executive to step down from the ProSiebenSat.1-owned firm. Etspueler had been group creative director at Red Arrow for 18 months, having been promoted in February 2019 following the […]

Exclusive: All3Media’s deal for Red Arrow Studios back on

All3Media’s pursuit to acquire Red Arrow Studios is understood to be back on course after ProSiebenSat.1 paused the sales process of its global production and distribution division late last year. The German company triggered a strategic review of Red Arrow in September, prompting a number of companies including Sony Pictures Television, AMC and All3 to […]

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 […]