Hat Trick Productions


Show of the week: Kate & Koji

This British sitcom has been co-written and produced by Drop The Dead Donkey scribes Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin. It follows the “sparky friendship” between a white, working class seaside café owner and a refugee African doctor, played by Brenda Blethyn (Vera) and Jimmy Akingbola (Holby City) respectively. “Both Brenda and Jimmy have a gift […]

Hat Trick exec boards Beano Studios

Hat Trick Productions exec Mark Talbot has joined Beano Studios as chief creative officer. In the new role, he will head up the business’s long-form content development and production studio. As chief creative officer, Talbot will oversee Beano Studios’ expansion into scripted live-action comedy and drama for teens and young adults. The expansion will build […]

Cineflix taps Hat Trick development exec

Cineflix Media has hired Hat Trick’s Jimmy Baker as senior vice president of development. Baker will focus on developing unscripted series and returnable formats in the UK and North America. Initially based in London, Baker will work with Cineflix’s creative teams in North America and report to Dave Hamilton (pictured), executive vice president of development. […]

Keo Films CEO exits

Debbie Manners is leaving her post as CEO of the UK’s Keo Films after five years. She joined the factual-focused prodco in 2012, and then helped it to double its turnover and launch Keo Australia and Field Day Productions. Manners will remain chief executive of Field Day alongside managing director Sally Angel and head of […]

Sky 1 to infiltrate Freemasons

A Sky 1 documentary series will reveal secrets of the guarded Freemasons organisation. Inside the Freemasons has been commissioned to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the mysterious fraternity, which is thought to exert influence over various commercial and societal elements of public life. A four part-series, from UK indie Emporium Productions, will broadcast on […]

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, […]

Industry unites behind BBC Three

Actors, writers, producers, managers and agents have united to call on the UK pubcaster the BBC to save youth-skewed digital channel BBC Three. An open letter to BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead and BBC director general Tony Hall demands the decision to axe the channel as part of a cost-saving drive within the next year […]

Downton’s Fellowes pens new ITV drama

Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes is creating another period drama for UK broadcaster ITV. With ITV hit Downton ending after its sixth season, Fellows is turning his attentions to an adaptation of Doctor Thorne, the Anthony Trollope melodramatic novel about a doctor and his talented but penniless niece. Hat Trick Productions will produce the three-part […]

Girls creator in BBC digital experiment

The writer of HBO drama Girls, Lena Dunham, is among names attached to BBC Taster, an experimental new platform for digital content and emerging technology. The UK’s pubcaster is billing Taster as “a place for the BBC to try new ways of telling stories, develop new talent, and put new technology through its paces”. This […]

BBC One goes Grey with primetime comedy

UK terrestrial BBC One has commissioned a six-part comedy starring the likes of Russ Abbott, Stephanie Beacham and June Whitfield. Grey Mates (working title) will follow the ups and downs of three newly retired couples in Norfolk in the UK and be produced by indie Hat Trick Productions. Abbott (Last of the Summer Wine) and […]