David Bouchier


Exclusive: Virgin Media’s director of content partnerships departs

Virgin Media’s director of content partnerships Gill Hay has left after four years, leaving a question mark around the business’s plans for original content. TBI can confirm that the exec departed recently, and that no direct replacement is planned for the role. Hay, a former Channel 4 acquisitions boss, joined Virgin Media in 2015 from […]

UKTV channels dropped from Virgin Media

Virgin Media is set to drop UKTV’s portfolio of 10 channels from its platform in the UK and Ireland in a dispute over carriage fees and terms. From midnight on Saturday July 21 channels including Dave, Gold, Alibi, Drama, and Eden are due to be replaced on the Virgin Media electronic programme guide (EPG), with […]

Virgin TV brings in Shakespeare drama as exclusive

Virgin Media will bring in Shakespeare drama Will as its latest British TV exclusive for its Virgin TV Full House customers. The acquisition of Will follows a string of exclusives acquired by Virgin Media in recent years, including Flemish noir brothel drama Chaussee d’Amour, which was acquired last week. The shows are part of a […]

Virgin buys ‘Flemish noir’ brothel drama

UK pay TV service Virgin Media has acquired exclusive rights to a ‘Flemish noir’ drama about an infamous brothel-lined street in Belgium. The deal for Chaussée d’Amour, which is considered ‘the ‘first’ original Flemish pay TV series locally, will see Virgin TV Full House customers given access on-demand. The series, produced in Dutch with English […]

Virgin launches kids TV app

UK paycaster Virgin Media has launched its dedicated kids app, which was first mooted to TBI at the Children’s Media Conference in July. The Virgin Kids App is designed for kids aged 3-7, and will offer more than 2,000 episodes of on-demand kids TV programming at launch, plus games and reading books. Virgin’s chief digital […]

Virgin TV signs ‘biggest kids deal to date’ with DHX

DHX Media has acquired a distribution deal with Virgin TV UK for SVOD rights in the UK and Ireland for a total of 615 hours of content. A total of 30 titles from DHX Media’s library have been licensed on a non-exclusive basis. The deal includes seasons 15 to 19 of Bob the Builder, as […]

Virgin Media adds France 2, TVN & Russian nets

UK pay TV operator Virgin Media has bolstered its offer by securing distribution of channels from France, Poland and Russia. The channels will be offered through the Virgin Worldbox app from today as branded ‘bouquets’, allowing ex-pats to watch programming from their home territories. From France, Liberty Global-owned Virgin will offer public broadcast channels France […]

Virgin squares Full Circle with exclusive deal

UK pay TV operator Virgin Media has acquired three seasons of US drama Full Circle. The exclusive agreement means Virgin has taken rights to DirecTV-commissioned Full Circle: Los Angeles (season one of the trilogy), Full Circle: Chicago (S2) and Full Circle: Miami (S3). Virgin has been pushing into exclusive content in order to differentiate against […]

Virgin orders comedy shorts, buys Magic City

UK pay TV provider Virgin Media is pushing further into original programming, commissioning Avalon Television to produce a series of comedy shorts and buying US drama Magic City, TBI has learned. Ordering Edinburgh Comedy Shorts (WT) marks the first time the Liberty Global-owned broadband and pay TV company has commissioned programming. This comes after the […]

All3 agrees major drama output deal with Liberty

All3Media will produce four original drama series for cable platforms owned by its co-parent, Liberty Global. This marks the first time Liberty has agreed to such as agreement to create exclusive original programming for its customers, and marks a major milestone in its ownership of UK-based production giant All3. The dramas will come over the […]