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Exclusive: Discovery “making changes” in commissioning post-UKTV split

Discovery Networks Europe is rejigging its commissioning team on the back of its UKTV channels split with BBC Studios – a move that sees the departure of fact ent exec Steve Jones. TBI understands that Jones, an exec producer for fact ent at Discovery Networks Europe who guided a number of prominent local commissions, has […]

Discovery brings HGTV to the UK

Discovery is to launch its home renovation network HGTV into the UK and will reboot Channel 4 show How to Look Good Naked for its Really network in the country. Discovery’s UK network Home will be rebranded as HGTV, one of the channel brands acquired by the company as part of its $14.6bn deal for […]

Food Network orders Blink travelogue

Discovery-owned UK channel Food Network has commissioned Blink Films for a food travelogue series featuring celebrity chef Tom Kerridge.  Tom Kerridge’s America (10 x 30 minutes) follows the Michelin-starred chef as he travels across the US in search of the nation’s favourite dishes and lesser known delicacies. The show was ordered by Clare Laycock, VP […]

UKTV pre-buys Woodcut’s Killer In My Family

UKTV has pre-bought Woodcut Media-produced doc series The Killer In My Family. The 6 x 45-minute series tells the story from the perspective of a murderer’s family, exploring the impact their relative’s crime had on them. Episodes feature interviews with family members and ex-partners of notorious murderers such as Ian Huntley, Fred West, Richard Ramirez, […]

UKTV restructures acquisitions & channels teams

British channels group UKTV has created five channel director posts in a restructure that looks to have knock-on effects for some key executives. Emma Ayech, Luke Hales, Gerald Casey, Adam Collings and Vicky Walker all get promotions in the rejig, effective immediately, and UKTV say the changes are reflective of a major increase in investment […]

A+E Networks hires UKTV exec

A+E Networks UK has appointed UKTV executive Dom Wilkins as head of scheduling, History UK and H2. Wilkins is due to take up his new role on July 17 and will report to Dan Korn, VP of programming at A+E Networks UK. He joins from UKTV, where he was programming manager for digital TV channel […]

UKTV to coproduce series with US producer

British multichannel operator UKTV has acquired and will coproduce a twelve-part paranormal-themed series from New York-based producer MY Entertainment. Help! My House is Haunted comes from Zak Bagans, who is creator and host of long-running Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures. UK-based Back2Back Productions is a coproducer. Bagans and David Notman-Watt are executive producer for Back2Back […]

UKTV doubles content on Virgin Media

British channel provider UKTV is due to double the number of programmes available to Virgin Media customers. The deal will make more than 10,000 hours of catch-up and box-set content available and will include the launch of the updated UKTV Play app on Virgin Media’s TiVo platform. UKTV said the ‘landmark deal’ will provide Virgin […]

UKTV makes another free-to-air move

UKTV is moving its Home channel from pay to free TV. Home will replace Dave Ja Vu, the Dave +1 channel, on the UK digital terrestrial platform, with that service moving to a new, as yet unspecified, free TV slot. The Scripps Networks Interactive- and BBC Worldwide-owned channels group said the homes and garden service will […]

UKTV takes channels to Freesat

UK multichannel programmer UKTV is to launch three of its channels on free-to-view satellite platform Freesat, marking a significant shift in the company’s platform strategy. Factual channel Yesterday, entertainment service Drama and female-focused reality channel Really will be available on the satellite service from later this month, bringing shows including Call the Midwife, Louis Theroux: […]

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