Ripper Street


Buyers Briefing news analysis: what Amazon can learn from Netflix

Amazon Prime Instant Video took a page out of Netflix’s play book this week when it became apparent it would launch all episodes of one of its upcoming scripted series simultaneously. Could the move mean the streaming service will start launching all of its shows in this way and does Transparent offer a clear opportunity […]

Amazon resurrects Ripper Street

Amazon’s UK streaming service is resurrecting Ripper Street, the period crime drama that UK public broadcaster the BBC recently cancelled. However, the BBC and Amazon have now agreed to co-fund a third season of the show and it will debut on the Amazon Prime Instant Video service in the UK (fka Lovefilm). US cable channel […]

BBC cuts Chinese VOD deal

BBC Worldwide has licensed a raft of drama and factual programming to Chinese streaming and on-demand video site Sohu.com. Titles included in the package deal include documentaries Frozen Planet (pictured) and Earthflight. Scripted shows include Ripper Street, Mad Dog, Sinbad and Silk. Sohu, which is listed on the US Nasdaq exchange, recently became the first […]

Analysis: OTT to the rescue…

…or how streaming services are saving TV series and allowing others to get made. Pay TV operators are living in fear of people dumping their services for streaming equivalents such as Netflix or Amazon/Lovefilm. Their concerns will not have been assuaged this year as both launched a raft of premium, original content that won plaudits, […]

Landmark Lovefilm, BBC deal could save Ripper Street

The BBC has confirmed it is looking to revive recently axed period drama Ripper Street after rumours circulated streaming service Lovefilm would save it. The Tiger Aspect Productions-created BBC One show was cancelled last week after two season but online sources yesterday claimed an innovative deal had been struck with Amazon-owned Lovefilm to bring it […]

BBC cancels Ripper Street after ratings trouncing

UK pubcaster the BBC has cancelled Ripper Street before the end of its second season after ratings took a tumble up against tough competition from ITV’s I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. The Tiger Aspect-produced crime drama series, set in Victorian London, was been chopped “to make room for creative renewal”, the BBC […]

Fox launching in the Netherlands

Fox International Channels has revealed details of the upcoming launch of its Fox service in the Netherlands. FIC recently announced the roll out of the Fox Sports channel in the Netherlands and bouquet of local soccer services under the Fox Sports Eredivisie brand. The core general entertainment Fox channel will also be added to the […]

Endemol scripted boss Naomi Joseph leaves company

Naomi Joseph has left her role as executive director of international scripted programming at Endemol, TBI has learned. She joined the producer and distributor in April 2010, working out of the London office and reporting to Martha Brass but has now left the company. Endemol confirmed the personnel change. There will not be a like-for-like […]

BBC Worldwide delivers ‘steady’ performance as programme sales top £300m

BBC Worldwide’s programme sales revenues topped £300 million (US$453 million) for the first time in its latest financial year with distribution a key profit and revenue driver for the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster. Worldwide’s Sales and Distribution unit recorded revenues of £312.3 million in the 2012/2013 period compared with £292.7 million a […]

Tax breaks fuel UK’s global production hub ambitions

When UK Chancellor George Osborne sat down on March 20 having presented his Budget, the huzzahs of television producers should have been heard even above his own backbenchers, but the picture is a mixed one, reports Tim Adler. This year’s Finance Bill in the UK finally approved tax breaks for high-end drama production, animation and […]