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BBCS in LA hires Mission Control & Mentorn alum for unscripted development

BBC Studios (BBCS) has hired a former ITV Studios and Tinopolis exec to a new LA-based role overseeing unscripted development. Nicholas Oakley becomes SVP of unscripted development at BBCS’s LA Production division, reporting into Ryan O’Dowd, EVP of music & entertainment. His remit includes conceiving and developing original ideas, as well as exploring both US and international formats […]

ITVS label Rollercoaster appoints Remarkable exec as head of production

Rollercoaster Television, the ITV Studios label led by James Fox and Dom Waugh, has appointed Sarah Boyce as head of production. Boyce joins Rollercoaster from Endemol Shine UK-owned Remarkable, where she was head of production for entertainment, overseeing returning shows such as Pointless, Richard Osman’s House Of Games and The Wall for the BBC, as well as most recently Starstruck for ITV. Other […]

ITV talks up Studios & ‘niche’ potential for ITVX amid advertising concerns

ITV believes the UK commercial broadcaster can defend itself from the predicted impact of a recession via global growth of ITV Studios (ITVS) and the soon-to-launch streamer ITVX. The UK company has been buffeted over the past six months since unveiling details around its ad-funded ITVX service, with shares plummeting after ITV said it was planning […]

The Content Group hires Fremantle, ITVS alum amid development push

Asylum Entertainment Group’s The Content Group (TCG) has landed a former Fremantle exec as its SVP of content development. Matt Wrablik is charged with developing docuseries and formats for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, and will be based out of both the LA and Nashville offices. He will work alongside the expanding development team, including fellow SVP […]

Exclusive: ITVS strikes Whip Media deal as part of AVOD & FAST push

ITV Studios (ITVS) has struck a deal with Whip Media that will enable the distributor to track the performance of its content, in particular across its growing FAST channels operation. The Love Island and I’m A Celebrity distributor will use Whip’s platform to provide analytics for its shows and data that will inform content acquisition and programming decisions. The […]

ITV Studios & UFA alum joins Bavaria Fiction for serial drama push

Bavaria Fiction has hired Jonas Baur from ITV Studios to work across the development and production of serial formats. Baur becomes executive producer at Bavaria and starts 1 October, reporting to Marcus Ammon, MD of content, having most recently produced the TV movie Die Tänzerin Und Der Gangster for ProSiebenSat.1. Prior to that, he worked at […]

Show of the Week: Nolly

Fans of long-running UK soap Crossroads won’t fail to remember flame-haired widow Meg Richardson, portrayed by the inimitable Noele ‘Nolly’ Gordon. Starring in the show from 1964 through to 1981, she grew to become its most popular character – and a TV icon for her role – though Nolly’s own life was no less dramatic […]

ITV Studios hires Newen, TF1 alum to replace Sébastien Petiot as COO in France

ITV Studios (ITVS) has appointed Newen exec Céline Roux as COO of its operations in France. Roux replaces Sébastien Petiot, who is leaving the business to focus on unspecified new projects, and will report into ITVS France’s CEO Thierry Lachkar. ITVS France said it would now focus on consolidating its unscripted and docs output, as well as expanding […]

News round-up: Oble takes ‘Aller Simple’ rights; ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ gets cooking in Thailand; ‘Hunting Season’ opens in Belgium

Oble takes ‘Aller Simple’ rights French producer and distributor Oble has acquired international rights to Canadian drama Aller Simple (aka No Return). The 6 x 60-minute psychological thriller from Sphere Media debuted on Noovo earlier this year, following the story of six strangers; a former policeman, an art–dealer, a retired teacher, a marketing director, a […]

SBS & Paramount+ dramas secure $8m Screen Australia funding

A Sydney-based drama for Paramount+ and the first 8 x 30 drama from SBS Scripted Originals are among nine projects receiving A$12m ($8m) in funding from Screen Australia. North Shore is a six-part crime thriller for Paramount+ that has been created by Mike Bullen (Cold Feet) and directed by Gregor Jordan (Two Hands), with writing from Marcia Gardner (The […]

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