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Daily Show’s Trevor Noah to feature in OZY series for PBS

PBS and OZY Media have announced plans for Breaking Big, a 12-episode documentary series that explores the journey to success of some of the world’s most influential artists, innovators, politicians, athletes, authors and entrepreneurs. Hosted by journalist and co-founder and CEO of OZY.com Carlos Watson, the 30-minute documentary films trace the unusual paths followed by […]

BBC Studios wins Royal Wedding commission from PBS

BBC Studios has secured its first ever commission from PBS in the US. The show, Royal Wedding Watch, is a five-part nightly special leading up to the live broadcast of the much-anticipated wedding of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle on Saturday 19th May. Produced by BBC Studios’ Topical and Live Unit, Royal Wedding Watch […]

ITVS appoints PBS’s Mike Kelley to US sales

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has appointed Mike Kelley as senior vice president for sales in the Americas. Kelley, who will be based at ITVS GE’s LA office, will report to Greg Johnson (pictured), executive vice president EMEA & Americas of the division. The news sales exec was senior vice president of programming, business […]

PBS programming chief Hoppe switches to ABC

PBS’s chief programming executive, Beth Hoppe, has joined ABC’s news team in New York. Hoppe’s six-year tenure at PBS has included series such as Ken Burns’ doc series The Vietnam War and The Roosevelts, drama Mercy Street and a coproduction agreement with the BBC in the UK. Her duties are included overseeing the entire primetime […]

PBS hits back Trump fund cut plans

US pubcaster PBS has quickly hit back at President Donald Trump’s plan to eliminate all public broadcasting, claiming voters and politicians overwhelmingly oppose such measures. Earlier this week, Trump revealed plans to cut funding for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB), which significantly contributes to around 350 PBS affiliates and comprises about 7% of the […]

BBC Worldwide Showcase: in deep water

Ocean will be the focus of the Tuesday night activity for buyers at the BBC Worldwide Showcase next week, with the commercial arm of the BBC handing the natural history series the premium slot usually reserved for huge formats and entertainment shows (Top Gear last year), or talent-filled drama (Wolf Hall in 2015). Although the evening […]

Cumberbatch to produce, star in new BBC drama

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is to produce and star in a BBC One adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel about the loss of a child. Cumberbatch’s new indie, SunnyMarch TV, is coproducing The Child in Time with another fledgling prodco, Pinewood Television, and Masterpiece, the drama commissioning arm of US pubcaster PBS. Studiocanal, which has […]

Corus Kids chief to run Sprout in US

Deidre Brennan is leaving Canada’s Corus Entertainment after less than a year to become general manager of NBCUniversal’s children’s channel Sprout. Brennan will oversee all aspects of Sprout’s programming, development, marketing, business strategy and performance at the network, which sits within NBCU Cable Entertainment’s lifestyle networks portfolio. She will report to Frances Berwick, president of […]

PBS boards BBC newspaper biz drama

US pubcaster PBS has come onboard upcoming BBC One six-part drama Press. The series – from Deep Indigo, Lookout Point and BBC Studios – will premiere on the PBS Masterpiece strand after a deal with BBC Worldwide, with PBS’s Rebecca Eaton now an executive producer. Press is set in the world of contemporary newspapers, incorporating […]

Sky Vision hires for US, Asia

UK distributor Sky Vision has created new roles in the US and Asia, bringing in execs from PBS and ITN. Gillian Rose becomes senior VP, sales and acquisitions, for the US. She joins from PBS Distribution where she was managing director. She will be based in New York and report to Sky Vision MD Jane […]

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