Cuckoo


In the spotlight: Ash Atalla

Ash Atalla has shows lined up for Sky, the BBC, Channel 4 and is looking at US remakes of Roughcut Television’s series. Having redefined comedy by co-creating The Office, Atalla tells TBI about the business, his career and plans TBI: Which executive helped shape your career? AA: One is Clare Pizey, a BBC exec (eds […]

Roughcut TV names comedy chief

UK indie Roughcut TV has promoted Alex Smith to head of comedy. Smith has produced some of Roughcut’s longest-running sitcoms, Trollied, which plays on Sky 1 in the UK, and has worked on the firm’s newest comedy, Carters Get Rich. As comedy chief at Ash Atalla’s prodco, he will be responsible for overseeing an expanding […]

BBC names new comedy commissioning editor

UK pubcaster the BBC has appointed ex-CPL Productions producer Alex Moody as commissioning editor, comedy. She replaces Chris Sussman, who was recently promoted to head up the BBC’s comedy department and replace Myfanwy Moore. She will join Kristian Smith and Kate Daughton on controller of comedy commissioning Shane Allen’s team, and will oversee a slate […]

Cuckoo is first ARD access prime acquisition in 10 years

ARD has picked up UK comedy Cuckoo – a deal that is claimed to represent the German pubic broadcaster’s first acquired access prime series in more than a decade. The first two seasons of the BBC Three comedy will broadcast on the broadcaster from autumn this year. “For a broadcaster of ARD’s calibre to take […]

FremantleMedia renews deal with Ash Atalla indie

The distribution arm of FremantleMedia International has extended its first-look deal with UK indie Roughcut Television. Under the terms of the new two-year agreement, FremantleMedia International and Roughcut will co-develop content and FMI will sell it international markets. Roughcut was founded by Ash Atalla (The Office) and makes UK scripted and fact-ent series including Trollied, […]

BBC3 piloting disability gameshow from Roughcut

Youth-skewed UK channel BBC3 is piloting a new gameshow in which celebrities have their senses restricted in order to better understand what life is like for people with disabilities. The project has the working title of The Totally Senseless Gameshow. The show has been developed Roughcut Television, the UK indie producer that makes BBC3 comedy […]