IWC Media

Scottish indie Red Sky hires new director of development

Scottish indie Red Sky Productions has appointed former Matchlight exec Jacqui Hayden to the new role of director of development. Hayden held the same role at fellow Glasgow-based Matchlight, where she was responsible for developing returning series and one-off documentaries including The Highland Midwife for Channel 5, My Baby, Psychosis and Me for BBC 1 and Sold: […]

Dragonfly, Optomen and IWC land BBC commissions

Dragonfly TV and Optomen are among the prodcos to have scored recent documentary commissions with the BBC, while IWC Media is launching a book club for BBC Scotland.  BBC One has ordered six-part obs-doc series Birth (working title) from Dragonfly TV. The programme follows expectant parents and the staff who care for them at the UK’s busiest and […]

Banijay buys My Kitchen Rules UK producer

Banijay Group has acquired 7Wonder, the UK-based unscripted producer behind the British remake of My Kitchen Rules. The deal, financial terms of which were not revealed, marks a first non-scripted acquisition for the superindie since Banijay and Zodiak Media Group merged in February 2016. Banijay has made a number of additions to its scripted ranks, […]

Ex-BBC, ITV factual chief joins Banijay prodco

Richard Klein has resurfaced at Banijay Group-owned unscripted producer IWC Media. The former BBC Four controller and ITV director of factual has been named creative director the London- and Glasgow-based company, which created factual series such as Africa with Griff Rhys Jones for ITV and Britain’s Benefit Tenants for Channel 4. Klein (pictured) left ITV […]

Sky Arts plots art heist format

UK satellite channel Sky Arts has commissioned a series in which priceless works of art are removed from galleries and the public challenged to deduce the fakes. Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge sees seven paintings from celebrated British artists were removed from venues such as the Scottish National Portrait Gallery last night. Only the production […]

Lat Am, Euro nets coax Wild Things

Broadcasters in Argentina and Denmark are the latest buyers of Zodiak Rights-sold entertainment format Wild Things. Telefe used the format’s dedicated hub in Argentina for its local 13x60mins remake, with Peppermind attached to produce, while Mastiff Denmark is creating an 8x60mins version for its compatriot, TV3. Other recent local adaptations include Shenzhen TV’s Chinese version, […]

Zodiak scores Sky SVOD deal, renewal

Sky’s subscription on-demand services have acquired episodes of CBeebies shows Waybuloo and Mister Maker, while Sky One has renewed wacky game show Wild Things. The SVOD deal with Zodiak Kids hands Sky more than 150 episodes of the CBeebies series, which will be made available in the UK and Ireland via Sky On Demand and […]

Wild Things to roam in Cannes

Wacky UK gameshow Wild Things is set to hit the international market at MIPTV. The physical competition show, in which people dressed in giant animal costumes with no eye holes attempt to win challenges in a woodland, makes up part of Zodiak Rights’ Cannes formats slate. The comic show launched on Sky 1 in the […]

Canada Media Fund outlines new funding pot terms

The Canada Media Fund has outlined terms of new matching fund contributions for co-development and coproduction of television and digital media content with foreign partners. The not-profit organisation, which will deliver C$368 million (US$343.3 million) into projects globally during the 2014-2015 period, has a budget of US$2 million for its new programme. Talking for the first […]

BBC America poaches IWC’s Kelehar

US cable channel BBC America has moved further into original unscripted production with the hire IWC Media’s head of factual entertainment Ricky Kelehar. The exec takes up his post as VP, unscripted programming at the channel next month and will report Perry Simon, BBC Worldwide North America’s general manager, channels. He will be based in […]