Exclusive: ITV swoops for ‘The Masked Singer’

ITV has swooped for Fox’s hit format The Masked Singer, TBI understands. The UK broadcaster is believed to have aggressively outbid Channel 4 for the MBC Korea-distributed singing format, in which celebrities sing in full-body costumes and masks, with top contenders reaching series’ end while keeping their identities hidden. The local production is thought to […]

Aftercare or afterthought?: Unpacking duty of care on youth-skewing formats

With TV’s biggest entertainment format facing backlash over its aftercare practices, do casting directors and producers need to re-examine duty of care for youth-targeting formats? Manori Ravindran investigates In a competitive entertainment landscape that finds channels jostling for the coveted 16-34 demographic, youth-skewing formats are among the toughest to cast – and, as evidenced by […]

NBC inherits ‘Small Fortune’ remake

US broadcaster NBC has signed on to adapt Youngest Media’s Small Fortune competition series.  The network has ordered a six-part series of the format, which aired originally on UK broadcaster ITV in February. The show finds teams of three friends competing in small-scale challenges across miniature sets for a chance to win cash prizes. From a shrunk down […]

ITV boss defends “different and distinctive” BritBox UK plans

ITV boss Carolyn McCall has defended the broadcaster’s SVOD tie-up with the BBC, BritBox UK, saying the endeavour is sufficiently “distinctive” and will be “liberating” for producers. Unveiled a month ago by McCall, BritBox UK is intended to be the British equivalent of the eponymous two-year-old US SVOD, offering both archive content and originals. However, […]

Spun Gold TV reveals ‘Secrets of the Royal Babies’ for ITV

Spun Gold has been commissioned by ITV to produce an hour-long doc focused on royal babies, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex prepare for the arrival of their first child. Secrets of the Royal Babies (1 x 60 minutes) explores what Meghan Markle can learn from the royal mothers before her – from Queen […]

ITV responds to ‘Love Island’ backlash with bolstered aftercare

ITV has said it is extending its “support processes” for Love Island contestants following the suicide of 2017 cast member Mike Thalassitis.  The channel released a lengthy statement on Tuesday (19 March) highlighting that it is retooling its aftercare process following a recently concluded six-month review. “This review has led us to extend our support processes to offer […]

UK parliament launches inquiry on the future of PSBs

The UK’s communications committee is launching a new inquiry that investigates whether there is a future for public service broadcasting as the rise of video on demand services continues. In recent years video streaming services have emerged as powerful global distributors and producers, creating mounting challenges for PSBs such as the BBC and ITV, according […]

ITV reports full-year growth driven by D2C offering

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has reported a total revenue of £3,211m in 2018, up by 3% year-on-year, driven by direct-to-consumer revenue. ITV figures show that direct-to-consumer figures have grown by 25%, generating a revenue of £81m. Meanwhile, VOD revenues have climbed up by 36%. Online viewing is up by 32%, according to the company. ITV […]

BBC, ITV confirm plans for Netflix rival Britbox UK

The BBC and ITV expect to launch their joint SVOD service BritBox in the UK in the second half of this year, after agreeing a joint vision for the service. BritBox is currently available in North America and the UK version of the service will offer British content alongside new BritBox originals, commissioned from UK […]

ITV strikes deal with La Liga for free-to-air coverage

British broadcaster ITV has struck a deal with Spanish football league La Liga, to show one game a week on free-to-air channel ITV4 until the end of the season. Having kicked off this past Sunday (24 February) with Levante v Real Madrid, the channel will continue to carry weekly matches, along with a midweek highlights […]

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