‘Gentleman Jack’, ‘Riviera’ and ‘The A Word’ win recommissions

Three high profile British dramas — Gentleman Jack, Riviera and The A Word — have won series renewals. Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack has been recommissioned for a second series – less than a week after the first episode aired on BBC One. The BBC said the first episode was the most successful launch for a new BBC […]

Sky drama head moves to Netflix

Sky UK’s head of drama Anne Mensah is to exit the company for Netflix and will be succeeded by her deputy Cameron Roach. Mensah will join Netflix as VP of content where she will lead the scripted series content team focused on UK productions, Netflix has confirmed. Based in London, she will oversee the team that […]

Foz Allan’s Bryncoed makes first senior hire

Bryncoed Productions, the recently launched scripted content company launched by producer Foz Allan (Riviera, pictured), has made its first senior hire with NBCUniversal’s Emma Yap. Yap joins the Canterbury-based company as development producer. She joins from NBCU, where she served as global acquisitions executive. The new producer is also co-founder of Female Film Leaders, which […]

Sky moves into original films in latest content push

Sky has announced plans to commission and acquire exclusive rights to original films, in its latest push into original content. Sky revealed the launch of Sky Cinema Original Films at the same time as its half year results, and said its plans involve showing its original films in cinemas at the same time as they […]

Cinemax copro among new Sky originals

UK pay TV service Sky is working up a London-set gangster thriller as a coproduction with US premium network Cinemax. Gangs of London (WT) is one of a number of new shows Sky unveiled at an event in the UK last night, with the others including the Lenny James-penned Save Me and Benedict Cumberbatch-fronted Patrick […]

Game of Thrones leads to record Sky audience

Sky recorded record entertainment audiences in its fiscal first quarter and grew its customer numbers by 51% year-on-year, helped by the launch of season seven of Game of Thrones. Announcing group results for the three months ending September 30, Sky said that it added 160,000 new customers – 90,000 in Germany and Austria, and 70,000 […]

Sky scraps overnight measurements

UK paycaster Sky is to scrap overnight measurements in favour of a seven-day cumulative audience read. Sky director of programmes Zai Bennett said the “way the industry reports on TV viewing ultimately means that we’re under-selling ourselves”, adding: “We need to be more transparent.” In an open letter, Bennett said Sky was “supportive” of UK […]

Sundance SVOD service heads to Rillington Place, Riviera

AMC Networks has acquired Europe-produced scripted trio Back, Rillington Place and Riviera for its Sundance-branded US subscription VOD service. Sundance Now has landed exclusive streaming rights to the shows, deals that come just months after it ordered its first original series, The Chances. Back is the latest comedy from Peep Show stars David Mitchell and […]

Altice USA looks to raise $1.35bn in IPO

Cable and telecoms group Altice aims to raise some US$1.35 billion by listing its US business on the New York Stock Exchange. In a statement, Altice said it had launched an initial public offering (IPO) of 46.55 million shares, which it expects to price at between US$27 and US$31 per share. This would value the […]

Altice to coproduce Sky’s Riviera

Groupe Altice’s push into high-end original drama has seen it become a coproducer of Sky’s Côte d’Azur-set crime drama Riviera. Altice Studios was established last year after French free and pay TV operator Altice bought into SFR Media, and the firm has now joined the coproduction slate for Riviera, along with distributor Sky Vision. The […]