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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 […]

Optomen’s Patricia Llewellyn passes away aged 55

Patricia Llewellyn, the British TV executive behind now-famous chefs Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver, passed away last week aged 55. Llewellyn joined Optomen in 1994 and led the business as managing director since 2005. The prodco was responsible for top cooking shows such as Two Fat Ladies, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Naked Chef. All3Media acquired […]

ITV greenlights three Gordon Ramsay offerings

ITV has ordered a primetime doc series and a daytime cooking series from celebrity chef and presenter Gordon Ramsay. The UK broadcaster has also named Ramsay as one of the presenters of its upcoming late night talk show. Ramsay launched his own prodco, Studio Ramsay, last year, and sealed a distribution pact with All3Media. He […]

Betty hires Optomen development chief

Discovery Communications-owned indie Betty has hired Optomen Television’s head of development. Damian Pitman will take the same post at the Bear Grylls: Mission Survive producer, where he will work closely with managing director Neil Smith. At Optomen, he helped develop the upcoming primetime series The Miracle for ITV and Employ Me for BBC Two. In […]

Leftfield launches OTT-focused prodco

US unscripted group Leftfield Entertainment has launched a production subsidiary that will focus on “smart and authentic” programming for TV channels and OTT platforms. Former Optomen Television exec Stephanie Angelides will lead Riot Creative as president. The prodco will have what’s is described as an “increased focus” on digital programming. Leftfield launched a similar venture, Loud […]

Discovery, Liberty set for $933m All3Media takeover

Discovery Communications and Liberty Global have reportedly paired up to acquire UK production powerhouse All3Media for around £550 million (US$933 million). Discovery and Liberty, which are both backed by US cable TV mogul John Malone, are due to formally announce the deal tomorrow, according to Sky News, which broke the news this morning. It is […]

TV’s conscious effort

Cruel critiques and manufactured conflict have been replaced by supportive smiles, warm hugs and a belief that shows should seek to transform someone’s prospects or help them grow emotionally in an ongoing raft of caring sharing formats reports Andy Fry. There was a time between 2003 and 2009 when factual and entertainment formats seemed to […]

‘Netflix to lead new wave of UK production M&A’

Netflix is among the emerging players set to lead a new wave of consolidation in the UK production sector, a media M&A specialist has predicted. Ben Tolley, partner at Clarity Capital Partners, a technology and media advisor that aided Twofour on its merger with Boom Pictures, said the “value of distinctive content is being recognised […]

Bravo searches for America’s Best Restaurant with Ramsay prodco

NBCUniversal-owned cable net Bravo has acquired America’s Best Restaurant, a new series from Gordon Ramsay’s prodco One Potato Two Potato. The 11x60mins food competition series will be fronted by a “soon-to-be-announced top US chef and restaurateur”. It will pit some of the US’s top restaurants against each other to unearth which offers the best all-round […]