No Offence

No Offence producer to head development at AbbottVision

No Offence producer Henry Swindell has been appointed head of development at Manchester-based indie AbbottVision. Swindell most recently worked as a script producer on the third series of the Channel 4 police drama. As head of development, he will be based out of the indie’s writers’ studio in Manchester, developing and expanding a slate of […]

Acorn TV launches on Comcast’s Xfinity TV

Acorn TV, the largest SVOD service specialising in the distribution of British and international television to the US market, is now available on Xfinity On Demand to Xfinity TV customers nationwide. The launch marks the first time Acorn TV, owned by RLJ Entertainment, has been available on an MVPD (multichannel video programming distributor, eg cable) […]

SVOD net Acorn cops British comedy No Offence

RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn TV has acquired exclusive digital rights in North America for the first two seasons of crime comedy-drama No Offence from Paul Abbot (Shameless) and a host of ITV shows. The eight-part first series will make its exclusive US debut on April 16. No Offence is a comedy police procedural series, produced by […]

BBC poaches Channel 4 drama chief

Channel 4’s drama chief Piers Wenger is leaving the UK broadcaster to join the territory’s pubcaster, the BBC. Wenger (pictured) has beaten off competition to land the role of controller, BBC drama commissioning, which is th most high-profile position in British sciripted television. He begins this autumn. In turn, Channel 4 has promoted deputy head […]

C4 reports record year, but future remains unclear

Channel 4 reported record revenues of £979 million (US$1.4 billion) last year, an increased audience share for its main channel and spent more money on content than ever before. Unveiling Channel 4’s 2015 annual report, CEO David Abraham (pictured) said that the UK broadcaster had delivered on its public service remit, at a time when […]

France Télévisions takes No Offence

Public broadcaster France Télévisions has acquired Britihs cop comedy-drama No Offence from FremantleMedia International. The Paul Abbott-penned series will premiere in France on France 2, a deal that follows sales into Australia, to the ABC, Netherlands (NOP), Israel (Hot), Denmark (DR) and Iceland (RUV). The show follows three female police officers at a tight-knit unit […]

Independent thinking

The LA Screenings see thousands of buyers head to Los Angeles to peruse the Hollywood studio’s latest offerings. However, May isn’t entirely about the majors and the Latins and independents are keen to make the most of the buyers’ time, reports Stewart Clarke It is little wonder that international buyers always cite the LA Screenings […]

Writer’s Room: Paul Abbott says take No Offence

Paul Abbott is the BAFTA Award-winning writer who cut his teeth on Coronation Street and Cracker before creating drama hit Shameless for Channel 4 in the UK, which went on to be remade for Showtime in the US. His other credits include Clocking Off and State of Play. His new cop series for Channel 4 […]