‘Slow Horses’ prodco See-Saw names TV chief & hires Film4, ITN & Sheridans trio

See-Saw Films, the UK- and Australia-based producer behind Apple TV+’s Slow Horses and BBC drama The North Water, has rejigged its senior management following the exits of TV chiefs Jamie Laurenson and Hakan Kousetta last month. Simon Gillis has now been named COO across the company’s operations, reporting to See-Saw’s joint MDs Iain Canning and Emile […]

Film4 exec joins Ink Factory as production chief

The Ink Factory has hired Film4’s Tracey Josephs (pictured) as head of production, and six other execs in its development, commercial and marketing teams, after securing US$180m in funding for growth. Josephs will oversee physical production and participate in setting the strategic direction of the UK-based company. She will help create and produce both theatrical […]

BBC-backed House continues staff build

Fledgling UK drama prodco House Productions has hired a commercial chief, as the firm continues to build its ranks. Haryy Dixon has left Film4 to become commercial director for House, which launched last year and quickly founded backers in the shape of BBC Worldwide and Danny Cohen’s Access Entertainment. Dixon will join in March, and […]

Cohen, BBCWW make down payments on House

Former Channel 4 drama chief Tessa Ross and ex-Working Title Television UK boss Juliette Howell can count of the backing of BBC Worldwide and Access Industries for their new indie. The pair will run House Productions as joint CEOs, and will focus on premium television and feature films. News of the indie’s creation broke in […]

Ex-Nat Geo exec takes over at Film4

Former National Geographic Films president David Battsek will become director of Film4, with current incumbent David Kosse set to join US content financier STX Entertainment. Battsek (pictured) will join UK broadcaster Channel 4’s feature film division and channel from Cohen Media Group, after fulfilling his contract. Besides working for Nat Geo, where he bought the acclaimed doc […]

Colin Callender’s Playground adds another UK exec

Playground Entertainment, the fast-growing prodco run by former HBO programming chief Colin Callender, has hired another UK exec as it staffs up its London office, with Tom Leggett joining as director of development. Leggett (left) joins from Channel 4’s UK digital movie service, Film4. He will work with broadcasters and talent as the Wolf Hall […]

Film4 poaches Universal Pictures boss

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has named David Kosse as new director of its movie division Film4. Kosse, who is currently president, international, at Universal Pictures will take up his new post on November 1. At Film4 he will oversee the development, financing and green-lighting of all feature films, and support for the production and distribution […]

Tessa Ross exits Channel 4

Channel 4’s controller of film and drama Tessa Ross is exiting the UK broadcaster to become CEO of Britain’s National Theatre. Ross has developed a reputation as one of British drama’s key powerbrokers over the past 13 years at the broadcaster but is stepping down to take on the new role. She joined Channel 4 […]

TVCatchup ordered to drop channels in copyright case

UK internet TV firm TVCatchup has been ordered to stopstreaming channels from broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 after being found guilty of copyright infringement. In a high court ruling, issued last week, Catchup TV was found to have infringed broadcast copyrights by streaming 21 digital channels owned by ITV, Channel 4 and Channel […]