BBC Studios buys ITV’s BritBox stake for $322m

BBC Studios (BBCS) is taking full ownership of streamer BritBox International, acquiring ITV’s 50% share for £255m ($322m). The deal comes seven years since ITV and BBCS launched the streamer, which claims 3.75 million subscribers and is available in eight countries. Following BritBox International’s move into BBCS’s Global Media & Streaming division, its global CEO […]

ITV & PBS extend ‘Professor T’ as Beta Film strikes deals

ITV in the UK and PBS in the US have extended Professor T into a fourth season, with distributor Beta Film also revealing a raft of sales for shows including Estonia. The six-hour fourth run, which is again being produced by UK prodco Eagle Eye, will launch in the US on PBS and will be […]

ITV orders ‘crossover’ format ‘Shark!’ from Plimsoll

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned an “entertainment and wildlife crossover format” that will see celebrities attempting to overcome their fear of sharks, with the show timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Jaws. Shark! Celebrity Infested Waters is being produced by ITV Studios-owned Plimsoll Productions (A Bug’s Life) with ITV Entertainment and will dare […]

UK’s BBC, ITV, C4 & C5 streamer Freely sets Q2 launch

Freely, the upcoming free TV service from Everyone TV, the organisation jointly owned by UK broadcasters BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, has been confirmed for a Q2 2024 launch. Announced in September 2023, Freely will allow viewers to watch live TV over broadband, which Everyone TV said will “will futureproof live TV for […]

TBI Weekly: Six shows to add to your acquisitions wishlist

We’re barely into 2024 and the Miami content markets are already bustling, with NATPE Global coming to a close yesterday and buyers and distributors filling up their diaries with Content Americas just days away. Despite a bumpy 12 months, there is still a lot of quality content headed to the global market and TBI has […]

ITV ups Iain Macleod to oversee soaps ‘Emmerdale’ & Coronation Street’

British broadcaster ITV and production and distribution arm ITV Studios has appointed Iain Macleod as executive producer for continuing drama. With immediate effect, Macleod will be responsible for leading the creative teams who produce both long-running ITV soap operas, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, reporting to John Whiston, MD of continuing drama and head of ITV […]

UKTV hires ITV’s Helen Perry to head up original drama

UKTV has hired ITV exec Helen Perry as head of drama to grow its original scripted slate across its channels Alibi, Drama and Dave. Starting in January 2024, Perry will report to Hilary Rosen, director of commissioning, and will executive produce scripted drama for the broadcaster, joining the team responsible for shows including Annika, Traces, […]

ITV strikes FTA & streaming deal for Disney+ original ‘Extraordinary’ and FX’s ‘Under The Banner of Heaven’

Disney+ and FX originals Extraordinary and Under The Banner Of Heaven are both heading to UK streamer ITVX, underlining the increasing rights flexibility from the Mouse House. The deal with Disney Entertainment will see the first season of Extraordinary and Under The Banner Of Heaven become available on the commercial broadcaster’s streaming service ITVX and […]

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