Hat Trick International

UKTV takes Pop copro as W’s debut drama original

Britain’s UKTV has commissioned its first ever original drama for its W net, a coproduction with US cable channel Pop that has Anna Paquin (The Piano) as its star. Flack will follow as a sharp and witty American PR guru living in London, whose working expertise clashes with her inability to have a successful personal […]

Ex-Gaumont sales exec joins Hat Trick

Former Gaumont International sales VP Hana Zidek has joined Hat Trick International, TBI has learned. Zidek left Gaumont earlier this year as the company restructured its sales team under Vanessa Shapiro, shifting its operation from LA to London, but has now joined the sales arm of UK indie producer Hat Trick. At HTI, she has […]

Hat Tricks offers Cheap Cheap Cheap option

London-based distributor Hat Trick International is debuting four formats next month in Cannes, including a Noel Edmonds effort. Cheap Cheap Cheap is billed as “an inspired collision of comedy and gameshow”, taking place in a fictional convenience store where British presenter Edmonds (Deal or No Deal) plays a store owner. He will invite pairs of […]

Deal monitor: RTÉ, Radio Gaga, Exodus

BBC Worldwide will sell an upcoming comedy from Ireland’s RTÉ, while Hat Trick International and Lineup Industries have signed new distribution deals. The BBC’s commercial arm has taken rights to Nowhere Fast, which Deadpan Pictues (Can’t Cope Won’t Cope) is producing with support from local body the BAI and Section 481 tax credits. The RTÉ2 […]

TRX preps move into movies

TRX is looking to add movies to the TV content on its soon to launch rights trading platform, its execs have told TBI. The platform, which received funding from Sky and Channel 4 in its latest funding round, was conceived as a way to buy and sell TV rights but it now looking to expand […]

No more Episodes for Showtime, BBC

US-UK comedy coproduction Episodes will end after a fifth season. The show’s US broadcaster, premium cable channel Showtime, revealed the news on Twitter. It’s a Hollywood ending! The fifth and final season of #Episodes will come to @Showtime in 2017. pic.twitter.com/lti0SG1IyG — Episodes (@SHO_Episodes) April 11, 2016 The final season will go out in 2017, […]

Hat Trick catches Killer Women with Piers Morgan

Hat Trick International is debuting Killer Women with Piers Morgan at MIPTV. The factual series makes up part of a slate that also includes another prison-focused documentary series Inside the World’s Toughest Criminals. Killer Women comes from UK indie Plum Pictures, with whom HTI has a first-look distribution deal. The two-part ITV show follows journalist, […]

MIPCOM Hot Pick: Vegas with Trevor McDonald

Hat Trick International’s relationship with UK indie Plum Pictures continues to deliver Sarah Tong and her distribution team new programming for market. At MIPCOM the firm is launching Vegas with Trevor McDonald, a 2x60mins documentary special for British broadcaster ITV, following eponymous UK journalist and news reader McDonald as he seeks the underbelly of the […]

MIPTV Hot Pick: Hall of Fame

Veteran British host and entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth fronted Hall of Fame – Bruce’s Hall of Fame in the UK – on BBC One where it went out as a holiday season special over Christmas. Hat Trick International is now launching the format internationally. It has stars performing the acts of the heroes who inspired […]

MIPDoc Hot Pick: Billionaire’s Paradise

If audiences are looking for escapism in their factual viewing this year, MIPDoc buyers will be keen to screen Hat Trick International’s Billionaire’s Paradise: Inside Necker Island. The doc, about life on entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Caribbean paradise Necker Island, took just under three million viewers in the UK in BBC Two primetime on January 6. […]