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Drama round-up: ITV makes ‘Long Call’ with Silverprint; STV & BBMM partner for ‘Frankenstein’; Platform Europa+ buys from Mediaset

ITV makes ‘Long Call’ with Silverprint ITV in the UK has ordered four-part crime drama The Long Call, based on the novel of the same name by Vera and Shetland creator Ann Cleeves. The show is being adapted by Kelly Jones and will be produced by Silverprint Pictures, part of ITV Studios, which will handle international distribution. Des and […]

Factual round-up: Smithsonian unveils Egyptian tomb find; C4 orders ultra-rich property special; ITV orders Covid-19 doc

Smithsonian doc investigates Egpytology find Smithsonian Channel has ordered a new documentary series exploring recent archaeological findings at an excavation site at Saqqara in Egypt. Produced by Lion Television in conjunction with Caterina Turroni of At Land Productions, the four-part Tomb Hunters will premiere next year. Cameras will follow an international team of archaeologists and […]

ITV Studios revenues down 19% as pandemic buffets UK broadcaster

ITV Studios (ITVS) revenues were down almost 20% for the first nine months of 2020, as the ongoing challenges of producing during the pandemic continue to be felt. The sales and production division of the UK commercial broadcaster said revenues had fallen to £902m ($1.18bn) for the nine months to September, 19% down on the […]

ITV adapts Louise Candlish’s thriller ‘Our House’, orders Kevin Macdonald Covid doc

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has bolstered its drama and doc slate by handing out commissions for an adaptation of Louise Candlish’s literary thriller Our House and a Covid-19 documentary from Kevin Macdonald. Scripted series Our House is a four-parter that is being adapted by screenwriter Simon Ashdown and produced by Red Planet Pictures, with joint MD Belinda […]

Why shorter, more flexible dramas might be the future

Scripted seasons have been getting shorter over recent years and Covid-19’s impact on production looks to only be accelerating this trend, with some producers cutting episode counts to ensure delivery. Stephen Arnell explores what the longer-term implications might be Earlier this year, it was revealed that the second season of BBC and HBO drama His […]

TBI Weekly: Supersized restructuring reflects global streaming revolution

Covid-19’s impact on the global TV industry is going to be felt for years to come and the changes it has brought about are myriad. Yet while the focus at the start of the pandemic was largely on the impact on production and dwindling ad revenues for broadcasters, the repercussions more recently have seen a […]

UK’s ITV restructures to focus on streaming, with Kevin Lygo taking new role

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is to restructure its business around streaming and has named the key execs to head a new unit to drive the strategy. The ‘media and entertainment division’ includes two new arms, with a broadcast side focused on achieving mass simultaneous reach via linear and an on-demand team exploring digital product development […]

ITV to commission AVOD originals & eyes more BritBox coproductions

ITV CEO Carolyn McCall has said the UK commercial broadcaster will start to commission original programming for its AVOD service ITV Hub and has talked up co-production opportunities for its joint venture streamer BritBox. McCall, who has had to steer ITV through a huge revenue drop over the past six months since the pandemic started, […]

UK’s ITV partners with US streamer Spectrum on Two Brothers thriller

UK broadcaster ITV has partnered with Charter Communications’ US-based streamer Spectrum on a new psychological thriller exploring domestic abuse, to be produced by Liar prodco Two Brothers Pictures. Angela Black (6 x 60 minutes) is described as a “Hitchcockian thriller” and will star Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt, Michiel Huisman and Samuel Adewunmi. The show delves beneath […]

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