Hat Trick


In the spotlight: Ash Atalla

Ash Atalla has shows lined up for Sky, the BBC, Channel 4 and is looking at US remakes of Roughcut Television’s series. Having redefined comedy by co-creating The Office, Atalla tells TBI about the business, his career and plans TBI: Which executive helped shape your career? AA: One is Clare Pizey, a BBC exec (eds […]

Weinsteins pick up new Julian Fellowes series

The Weinstein Company has picked up US rights to Doctor Thorne, the new period drama from Downton Abbey scribe Julian Fellowes. The series will play on ITV in the UK and TWC has taken US and Canada rights. The US firm inked a similar deal for another British drama, Peaky Blinders, which it reps in […]

Airport, Brothel sell for Hat Trick

Hat Trick International heads into MIPTV on the back of sales of new factual pair Bangkok Airport and The Mega Brothel. Both shows come out of HTI’s first-look distribution deal with UK indie Keo Films. Bangkok Airport has gone to Nine Network in Australia, Discovery Networks in Sweden, Nat Geo People in Asia, the Middle […]

BBC ‘not throwing away’ BBC Three, says Cohen

BBC director of television Danny Cohen has claimed that after years of building up BBC Three the corporation is “not throwing that away” by taking it online only. In an open letter to Jon Thoday and Jimmy Mulville, who have staged a public attempt to take over the youth-skewing network through their production companies Avalon and […]

Public petition to save BBC Three

A petition signed by more than 270,000 people opposing plans to take youth-skewing network BBC Three online only has been delivered to the BBC Trust. Campaigners delivered the petition in person yesterday to the BBC’s governing body on the final day of the public consultation into the plans to move the linear channel online. A […]

BBC Three controller: channel not for sale

BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh (pictured) has stressed that the network is “not for sale”, a day after Avalon and Hat Trick said they had approached the BBC Trust about buying the youth channel. In a blog post to clarify the BBC’s position relating to the channel, which the BBC plans to take online only, […]

Avalon, Hat Trick in BBC Three takeover bid

UK production companies Avalon and Hat Trick have confirmed they are attempting to take over youth-skewing network BBC Three, as the BBC prepares to take the channel online only. According to a spokesperson for the production companies, which are responsible for BBC Three shows like Russell Howard’s Good News and The Revolution Will Be Televised, an approach has […]

News brief: BBC orders last ever season of family drama

UK public broadcaster the BBC has ordered a fifth and final run of family comedy drama Outnumbered. The Hat Trick-produced show goes out on BBC One and the writers and producers said they hoped the cast and crew could be reunited for occasional specials after the next 6x30mins comes to an end. Hat Trick’s sales […]

Outline scores Hat Trick distribution deal

The programme sales arm of UK-based producer Hat Trick has inked a deal with Outline Productions. Outline previously had a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Production to sell its new shows, but under the terms of the agreement announced today, Hat Trick International will sell these internationally, excluding the US. Outline is a UK […]

Millionaire creators open new formats business Boxatricks

The creators of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and former boss at Hat Trick and Celador have joined forces to launch a new firm, Boxatricks. The company will create gameshow and quiz formats as well as fact-ent projects. Michael Whitehill and David Briggs are the pair that created Millionaire, which went on to become […]