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Channel 5’s Frow: Savings from ‘Big Brother’ cancellation didn’t go the distance

Channel 5 director of programmes Ben Frow has called the cancellation of Big Brother a “liberation”, but has noted that the savings did not go “as far as he liked”. Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Frow reiterated his views on the long-running Initial-produced reality programme, noting that it was “time to lose the show”, […]

BBC Two commissions Dolly Parton doc, boards Lena Dunham’s HBO thriller

The BBC has revealed a slate of new projects, including HBO drama Industry, which it has boarded as a co-production partner. Speaking at this week’s Edinburgh TV Festival, BBC Two controller Patrick Holland revealed that the public broadcaster was a partner on the UK-shot financial thriller from Girls creator Lena Dunham, which is currently filming […]

YouTube Originals on the hunt for education-focused programming

YouTube is taking an education-focused approach to originals and leaning into “self-motivated learning” on the service, according to head of originals for EMEA Luke Hyams. Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, which kicked off today (21 August), Hyams said: “YouTube is a place for curiosity. It is a place where if I want to know […]

Factual SVOD CuriosityStream strikes distribution deal with Altice USA

John Hendricks’s factual streamer CuriosityStream is getting wider distribution in the US via broadband operator Altice USA. Under the deal, the platform will be made available to Altice USA’s Optimum and Suddenlink customers, and will also be added to the business’s on-demand platform and mobile apps. Overall, the deal will help CuriosityStream access around 4.9m […]

Cineflix snaps up ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’, ‘Extreme Tribe’

Cineflix Rights has acquired a pair of Channel 4 factual series from Spelthorne Community Television and Renegade Pictures. The London-headquartered distributor has picked up Spelthorne’s Let’s Talk About Sex (3 x 60 minutes), which presents unintentionally funny sex education videos from the past and present to a diverse group of parents and kids to get […]

Rabbit Films hires ITVSGE’s Ferguson for international sales

Finnish producer-distributor Rabbit Films has appointed an ITV Studios Global Entertainment exec to join its international sales team. Sam Ferguson – who most recently served as sales manager for Russia, CIS, Baltics and the Balkans at ITVSGE – joins the City vs. Country distributor as senior sales manager, based out of London. Her remit includes […]

Channel 5 readies IWC’s ‘Greatest Warships’

Channel 5 has commissioned a doc series from Banijay Group-owned IWC that explores famous war ships. The 3 x 60-minute series World’s Greatest Warships will tell the stories of iconic warships from 1900 to the present day, taking a closer look at the engineering breakthroughs that enabled them to be gamechangers in the field. Using […]

Discovery serves up Woodcut’s ‘British Police: Our Toughest Cases’

Discovery has commissioned Woodcut Media for a Quest Red series on the British police, and a returning series of The Killer In My Family. Canada-headquartered distributor Blue Ant International provided deficit funding for the new series and will handle global distribution for both programmes outside the UK. British Police: Our Toughest Cases (6 x 60 […]

Steve Turney rejoins Power Entertainment

Steve Turney has rejoined Power Entertainment after four years away. The TV veteran has boarded the London-headquartered producer-distributor as SVP of sales and acquisitions for EMEA. Turney was previously VP of sales for Power between 2011 and 2015. Before that, he worked in sales for Twentieth Century Fox International Television, Goldcrest Films International, Polygram Television […]

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