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Dahill exits as Keo Films Australia closes

Former ABC exec Brendan Dahill is exiting Keo Films Australia, which is to be closed down following a review. UK-based Keo Films confirmed the Australian wing would shutter on December 31 despite recent success with the ABCs’ War on Waste and SBS’s top-performing local series Struggle Street. This comes after an operational review, and the […]

Former BBC exec teams with Keo for indie

Former BBC executive Sally Angel has created Field Day, a new UK independent producer, and gone into partnership with longstanding indie prodco Keo Films. Field Day will be part of Keo under the terms of a joint venture and will make factual and factual entertainment programming. Angel (pictured) is a seasoned producer and recently made […]

Irvine Welsh making Too Much Rock ‘N’ Roll

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh is moving into TV with Too Much Rock ‘n’ Roll, a drama series about Britain’s Donnelly brothers, who created a fashion empire. With the backdrop of the Hacienda nightclub in Manchester, the true story revolves around Anthony and Christopher Donnelly – two brothers from an alleged established crime family –  as […]

Geater named Pact chair

Former FremantleMedia UK CEO Sara Geater has been named chairman of British indie production body Pact. Geater left FremantleMedia at the end of May this year, with Richard Holloway stepping up to replace her in the interim. No full-time replacement has been named at FremantleMedia, but Geater will now work alongside Pact CEO John McVay […]

Content Media cuts drama deal with Keo Films

Producer and distributor Content Media Corporation has agreed a first-look deal with KEO Films, as the UK indie producer moves into drama programming. KEO is currently known as a factual producer but as its branches out into scripted, Content will support it in terms of development and production and will distribute all resulting programmes internationally. […]

UK indie sector worth £2.8bn, trade report reveals

UK independent production is now worth £2.8 billion (US$4.2 billion), according to prodcos trade body Pact. The figure, for 2012, is 14% higher than the previous year and was primarily attributed to domestic commissioners increasingly yearly investment by £307 million, the Independent Production Sector Financial Census and Survey found. A decade ago, UK indies scored […]