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Endemol Shine hires banks for possible $4bn sale

Endemol Shine Group, the production company co-owned by 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management, has hired Deutsche Bank and Liontree to seek a sale that may be worth $4 billion, according to reports. Both Fox and Apollo have agreed to sell their stakes if a buyer is found, according to CNBC which first reported […]

FremantleMedia secures global rights to Manson documentary

FremantleMedia International is to handle global distribution for a new ITV documentary series that uses previously unseen archive to go behind the scenes of the Manson Family, the murderous cult led by Charles Manson that terrorised California in the 1960s. A 2 x 60 minute special, The Manson Family: The Lost Tapes (WT) has exclusive access to more than 100 […]

Freeview to receive £125m investment to go ‘fully hybrid’

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and network operator Arqiva have agreed to invest £125 million over five years to accelerate UK digital terrestrial platform Freeview’s transition to “a fully hybrid platform”. The four Digital UK shareholders said they aim to further develop Freeview Play, the DTT platform that marries free-to-view terrestrial TV and catch-up services […]

TBI Weekly: UK broadcasters band together

As major global entertainment companies increasingly pursue M&A activity to fend off the threat of tech organisations, we’ve recently seen signals from UK broadcasters that collaboration is high priority for them too. Just this week, it was revealed that the BBC is considering a joint venture with ITV to take over UKTV – part owned […]

ITV considers £1bn JV with BBC to buy UKTV

ITV is considering entering a joint venture with the BBC for £1 billion to buy out UKTV, according to reports. In the move the BBC, which currently owns half of the business with Discovery, will have the right to buy out its US partner at a set price before the end of the week, according […]

ITV greenlights fourth season of Corfu-based drama The Durrells

Following the success of the first three series, ITV has ordered a fourth installment of Corfu-based drama The Durrells, which is based loosely on Gerald Durrell’s series of novels The Corfu Trilogy. Produced by Sid Gentle Films, the new series will again be written by Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly). All of the main cast […]

Pat Llewellyn fund created for women in TV

The UK body Women in Film and Television has launched a new bursary to find, and fund, women with great ideas for TV projects, in honour of producer Patricia Llewellyn, who passed away late last year. In a joint collaboration, BBC, Channel 4 and ITV have come together to fund the bursary in memory of […]

Ofcom encourages “Kangaroo 2” collaboration with UK PSBs

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has called on the UK’s public service broadcasters to collaborate in order to compete with global giants like Netflix, describing a previous regulatory block on such efforts as a “tragedy”. Speaking at the DTG Summit in London this morning, Ofcom group director and board member, Steve Unger, predicted that something along […]

TBI Weekly: Three moves that may chip at Netflix dominance

Moves to combat the Netflix-effect are high on the agenda for major broadcasters and networks this week. Three TV groups have laid out global streaming and content ambitions in the past seven days, including UK broadcasters BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, European broadcasters France Télévisions, Rai and ZDF, and US-based Discovery. We found that the […]

ITV Studios drives 5% revenue rise for ITV

ITV has released a trading update for Q1, revealing that its revenue has risen by 5%, driven by 11% growth in ITV Studios revenue and 41% in online revenue. ITV chief Carolyn McCall (pictured) revealed that total external revenue is up 5% at £772 million, up from £734 million at the same time last year. […]

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