Richard Watsham


UKTV preps live Dynamo magic special

UKTV will broadcast one of Dynamo’s tour shows live on its W channel. The magician is on a 100-date tour and W will capture his Dynamo – Live at The 02 show on March 30, starting at 7.30pm. UKTV has a longstanding relationship with Dynamo and shows his Magician Impossible series. Richard Watsham, director of […]

BBCWW, Zig Zag bag new W originals

BBC Worldwide will distribute an unscripted series that is one of two new originals for UK pay TV channel W. The BBC’s commercial arm has taken on John Bishop: In Conversation with…, a 10x60mins series in which British comedian Bishop interviews households named in one-on-one conversations. Lola Entertainment is producing, with Worldwide distributing. W has […]

UKTV moves into sports with David Haye fight

UK multichannel operator UKTV has landed exclusive local rights to former world champion boxer David Haye’s comeback fight. This marks the first time UKTV has acquired exclusive UK sports rights, with pay TV providers Sky and BT Sport and the terrestrial networks tending to have carved them up in the past. “We are quickly establishing […]

Gold originals on UKTV’s £125m list

Five original scripted series for thematic UK network Gold will make up part of multichannel operator UKTV’s £125 million (US$196 million) programming budget in 2015. This is part of what UKTV is billing as “an unprecedented original scripted commissioning push” for Gold, which is known primarily as a ‘best of British’ channel. Director of commissioning […]

Hasselhoff goes Hoff the Record on Dave

Cult icon David Hasselhoff has landed a 6x30mins ‘mockumentary’ comedy series at UK digital channel Dave. Hoff the Record will be a semi-improvised comedy from Me & You Productions (An Idiot Abroad) shot in documentary style similar to HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. It will chart the life of a fictional version of Hasselhoff, known to […]

UKTV adds ex-BBC comedy commissioner

UK broadcaster UKTV has hired former BBC comedy commissioner Simon Lupton to become its commissioning editor, entertainment, as part of a push into scripted. His appointment comes after Richard Watsham was promoted to director of commissioning following Jane Rogerson’s exit last year. Luton will report into Watsham, who is charged with increasing the BBC Worldwide […]

UKTV ups Watsham after Rogerson exit

British multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has promoted Richard Watsham to become director of commissioning following former incumbent Jane Rogerson’s exit. Watsham takes responsibility for UKTV’s slate of original programmes, effective immediately, after being promoted from senior commissioning editor. He has worked at UKTV since 2011 and is credited with series such as Watch’s Dynamo: Magician Impossible, […]