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 […]

Argonon poaches BBC commissioner for CCO role

UK indie production group Argonon has recruited Kristian Smith as its chief creative officer. Smith joins from UK pubcaster the BBC where he has been commissioning editor, BBC Comedy. During six years in that role he commissioned shows including the award-winning  Detectorists, Uncle and Boy Meets Girl. In the newly-created role at Argonon, Smith will […]

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 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 […]

Sky Living announces new pilots in drama drive

Sky Living HD has ordered two new pilots and announced big name cast additions for previously announced projects as part of an ongoing push into original drama. The pair of new offerings from the UK pay TV network, which is part of BSkyB’s channel portfolio, are Lawless and The Psychopath Next Door (pictured). Lawless will […]