Channel 4, HBO partner for ‘Jihadi John’ doc

Months following the success of Michael Jackson two-parter Leaving Neverland, Channel 4 and HBO are again teaming up for a feature doc. The broadcasters have commissioned a film on Kuwait-born British extremist Mohammed Emwazi, better known as Jihadi John. The 90-minute doc promises the inside story of Emwazi’s journey from life as a North London […]

PBS launches streaming channel on Amazon

PBS distribution has launched streaming channel PBS Living on Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, which will host PBS classics such as Antiques Roadshow and The French Chef. PBS Living will be available by subscription on the Amazon platform for $2.99 a month after a seven-day free trial. The channel is designed to invite viewers to find […]

PBS takes Fremantle’s ‘Beecham House’ to the US

Fremantle has struck a deal with PBS to launch Gurinder Chadha’s six-part drama series Beecham House in the US on Masterpiece. From Bend It TV, part of the Fremantle family, Beecham House is set on the cusp of 19th century Delhi before the British ruled in the region. The drama depicts the fortunes of the […]

PBS names ex-BBC America exec as programming chief

PBS has hired Perry Simon, an exec that has held top posts at BBC America, Vulcan Productions, Viacom Productions and NBC Entertainments, as its new chief programming executive and general manager of audience programming. Paula Kerger, PBS president and CEO, shared the news during her remarks at the Television Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour. Simon […]

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 […]

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