UK’s ITV names Nana Hughes to head scripted comedy & comedy-drama

ITV is bringing its comedy and drama teams closer together by appointing former Talkback exec Nana Hughes to oversee scripted comedy and comedy-drama for the UK commercial broadcaster. Hughes becomes head of scripted comedy and reports into head of drama Polly Hill, with a remit that will see her developing scripted comedy and dramedy programming […]

UK gameshow ‘Catchphrase’ first ITV series back to production

British broadcaster ITV has announced that its long-running gameshow Catchphrase will be the first entertainment series to resume filming once lockdown lifts. The show will begin filming on 6 July, with STV Productions working on 10 episodes to air on ITV and STV in autumn. STV Productions has put new protocols in place to ensure […]

UK’s ITV cancels winter version of reality juggernaut ‘Love Island’

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has cancelled the winter version of its hit format Love Island, just over a month after axing its summer’s series. The reality ratings juggernaut launched a winter version in South Africa last year but was forced to cancel its next iteration this summer after producers were unable to come up with […]

UK takes ‘significant step’ as Covid-19 production blueprint unveiled

The UK’s major broadcasters including the BBC, ITV and Sky have unveiled new industry-wide guidelines for producing TV, as the business attempts to work around Covid-19 restrictions. Channel 4, Channel 5, Scotland’s STV, news and factual producer ITN, the Association for Commercial Broadcasters and On-Demand Services (COBA) and producer body Pact have also joined the […]

BritBox strikes far-reaching Agatha Christie deal covering TV, film & audio

North American streamer BritBox has struck a far-reaching deal that will see it offering the largest overall collection of Agatha Christie adaptations in the US, including numerous TV shows as well as audio plays and films. The BBC Studios and ITV-backed SVOD is adding to its existing Agathe Christie slate with seasons nine to 12 […]

Britbox boards ITV’s Covid-19 drama series ‘Isolation Stories’

BBC Studios and ITV’s North American streamer BritBox is onboard Isolation Stories, the limited series from Jeff Pope (Philomena) exploring families living through the Covid-19 lockdown. The show, which will debut exclusively on the streamer on 23 June, is being produced by Oscar nominated writer-producer Pope and his ITV Studios-backed Factual Drama label, with Sheridan […]

TBI Special Report Part Three: AVOD, SVOD & FTA: What’s Next?

Covid-19 has blindsided most of the TV business but the severity of the repercussions on SVOD, AVOD and broadcast sectors look likely to be felt across the long-term, writes Richard Middleton. There is a school of thought that the current pandemic we’re living through will provide the impetus for a wholesale shift in the way […]

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