ITVX makes double Wag true crime order & bulks up with WB shows

Soon-to-launch UK streamer ITVX has ordered two true crime titles from Wag Entertainment and struck a deal with Warner Bros. Discovery International Television Distribution to bring a raft of US dramas to the platform. In Search Of Instagram’s Worst Con Artist is a 2 x 60-minute series telling the inside story of Belle Gibson, the […]

Show of the Week: Maternal

Some say there is no job more difficult than being a mother, so it surely must be twice as hard while also working on the front lines of an overstretched healthcare system.  This new six-part medical drama follows three female doctors returning to work in Britain’s post-pandemic National Health Service (NHS) after maternity leave. Maryam, […]

TBI Weekly: Why the rise of TV’s working-class heroes matters

Screenwriter Brendan Foley tracks an emerging trend in drama and comedy portraying the battles of ordinary working people in the post-pandemic economy They say the world’s oldest profession is selling sex. But there is another less reputable one that would give it a run for its money – storytelling. Dating back some 200,000 years, some […]

ITV Studios growth offsets advertising declines at UK broadcaster

ITV Studios (ITVS) provided a much-needed boost to UK commercial broadcaster ITV’s Q3 results, which were hit by advertising declines. ITV’s total external revenue was up 6% at £2.5bn with non-advertising revenue rising 13%, predominantly fuelled by ITVS growth of 16%. These figures offset an overall decline in ad revenue, down 2% year on year. […]

UK’s ITV facing “sharp” ad sales slump, report claims

UK broadcaster ITV is facing declining TV ad sales in Q4 despite the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar, according to analysts at Berenberg. The news comes as the Love Island broadcaster reportedly looks to spin off production and distribution arm ITV Studios to support an already ailing share price. Cutting its 2022 advertising estimates […]

UK’s ITVX & Nine in Oz among buyers of ‘The Case Against Cosby’

Soon-to-launch UK streamer ITVX and Nine Network in Australia are among buyers of a two-part documentary exploring the life of Bill Cosby. The Case Against Cosby is produced by Prospero Pictures in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Rive Gauche. It claims to reveal new truths through exclusive access to the long-time survivors of […]

‘Broadchurch’ creator Chris Chibnall & ITV team to train “next wave” of UK showrunners

Chris Chibnall’s UK-based Broadchurch co-producer Imaginary Friends has partnered with local broadcaster ITV to launch a new scheme to train and support the “next wave” of British showrunners. The ‘Next Generation Showrunner Programme’ will cover every aspect of showrunning, at each stage of production: from first idea, building a team, pre-production, shooting, post-production, through to […]

ITV, TikTok, Sky Studios, Banijay & DAZN join Media & Entertainment Leaders Summit

The Media & Entertainment Leaders Summit is fast approaching! This brand new event will give key industry decision makers a platform to discuss and share their experience, knowledge and ideas on topics such as FAST channels, sports, live-streaming, production, TV-as-an-app and super-aggregation. An impressive line-up of speakers has now been unveiled for the event, which […]

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