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ITV Studios’ Shiver hires Love Productions’ Hansell as head of development

ITV Studios factual arm Shiver has named Love Productions exec Aidan Hansell as head of development. Hansell (left) will report in to group creative director Ana De Moraes who, along with managing director Tim Carter, oversees Shiver’s development strategy. Hansell will lead the new development team in London and Manchester. As head of development at […]

Potato gains Powers through Love hire

ITV Studios (ITVS)-owned prodco Potato has hired Love Productions executive producer Sharon Powers. She joins the Ninja Warrior UK producer this week as a creative director, having previously been executive producer at The Great British Bake Off prodco Love. Potato managing director Martin Kelpie said the hire was strategic. “I’ve made no secret of the […]

C4’s £75m Bake Off gamble pays off

UK broadcaster Channel 4’s gamble to pay £75 million (US$97 million) to grab The Great British Bake Off from the BBC has reaped early rewards. The first episode of C4’s new bakery competition series took an average 6.5 million viewers and a 30.4% share – its largest overnight audience since the Paralympics in 2012. The […]

New Bake Off format deals

Czech pubcaster CT has ordered a local version of the popular Bake Off format. The new version of the baking competition format will run to ten episodes and the green light means the format has been licensed to 25 countries in all. In the UK, the series is switching from the BBC to Channel 4, […]

TBI Factual: Year in Review

If scripted TV dominates the headlines at the moment, 2016 served up a few factual blockbusters. Genre-bending National Geographic series Mars married golden age scripted TV with documentary, Making a Murderer became watercooler (internet) TV and reinvigorated the true crime genre, and Leonardo DiCaprio brought some A-list movie star power to feature docs.   Planet […]

BBC: C4 needs regulating after Bake Off coup

The BBC has called for greater content regulation to be imposed on Channel 4, in the wake of its coup in taking the rights to the Great British Bake Off. At the RTS London Conference this afternoon, the BBC’s director of strategy and education, James Purnell, launched an outright attack on Channel 4, claiming that […]

BBC sells Bake Off format ahead of MIPCOM push

BBC Worldwide has registered new sales for The Great Bake Off ahead of a sales push for the show at MIPCOM. The cooking competition show has dominated headlines in the UK after Sky-backed producer Love Productions took it from the BBC to Channel 4, in a three-year deal worth £75 million (U$97.5 million). The agreement, […]

Channel 4 snatches Bake Off from BBC

UK terrestrial Channel 4 has poached the UK’s highest rating show, The Great British Bake Off, snatching the rights from the BBC. The commercial pubcaster has pulled off the coup after drawn-out negotiations between producer Love Productions and the BBC broke down over renewal pricing. The Channel 4 agreement will last three years, with the […]

Dutch net first to taste Bake-Off companion

Dutch pubcaster NPO has become the first broadcaster outside the UK to order a remake of The Great Bake Off companion series An Extra Slice. The remake will be known as Smaakt Naar Meer and sit alongside the local version of Bake Off, Heel Holland Bakt, debuting on September 7. The format is a studio […]

Bake Off hits Australia

Bake Off will launch in Australia after Foxtel ordered a local version of the hit format. The Great Australian Bake Off will be on the pay TV operator’s Food channel after BBC Worldwide shopped the show to Foxtel. The local version of the Love Productions-created cooking competition series will be produced by FremantleMedia Australia, which […]

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