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Exclusive: BBC to extend Tim Renkow, Lorraine Bracco comedy ‘Jerk’

The BBC has given the nod to a second season of acclaimed comedy Jerk, the breakthrough series starring Tim Renkow and Lorraine Bracco (Sopranos), which explores the life of a man living with cerebral palsy. Jerk revolves around stand-up comedian Renkow, who plays a heightened version of himself as an art school dropout who uses […]

Amazon to adapt BBC Three’s People Just Do Nothing

Amazon is adapting BBC Three comedy People Just Do Nothing. The global SVOD has ordered a pilot based on the mockumentary-style comedy, which has aired across four series in the UK and is set to end later this year with a fifth series. The half-hour program will be produced by Ash Atalla’s London-based prodco Roughcut […]

Comedy at the crossroads

Comedy has not had the same uplift in budgets and ambition as straight-up scripted fare, but half hours that are as big on drama as laughs are in demand and, increasingly, on-demand. Just don’t call it ‘dramedy’. Stewart Clarke reports. For comedy writers and producers, recent proclamations from industry heavyweights are no laughing matter. “It […]

People Just Do Nothing set for the US

People Just do Nothing has been picked up by Vice’s TV channel in the US, and the prodco behind the show has told TBI it is working up an American version of the British comedy. Viceland, Vice’s linear cable net, picked up People Just Do Nothing for its 2017 line-up, marking the first time it has acquired […]

Roughcut TV names comedy chief

UK indie Roughcut TV has promoted Alex Smith to head of comedy. Smith has produced some of Roughcut’s longest-running sitcoms, Trollied, which plays on Sky 1 in the UK, and has worked on the firm’s newest comedy, Carters Get Rich. As comedy chief at Ash Atalla’s prodco, he will be responsible for overseeing an expanding […]

Sky expands prodco stable with Blast! deal

Sky has acquired a majority stake in the UK’s Blast! Films, marking the fourth time it has invested in an independent production company. Blast!, founded in 1994, is best known as producer of show such as The Supervet, The Route Masters and 999: What’s Your Emergency?. The firm will continue to operate independently, with founder […]

BBC Three lines up indie docs

UK youth-skewed channel BBC Three has commissioned new presenter-led documentaries and factual series from a host of British indies. Reggie Yates: Extreme Russia (WT) from Sundog Pictures, Tyger Takes On from Roughcut TV, Extreme at 18 (WT) from Voltage TV, Stacey Dooley: No Place For a Girl from Watershed Productions and FA Cup’s 50 Greatest […]

Sky buys Znak&Jones stake

BSkyB has acquired its second indie stake, this time investing in a transatlantic indie prodco launched this year by former Zodiak and Talpa Media bosses. Sky has taken an equity stake in Znak&Jones Productions, securing international distribution rights for sales arm Sky Vision in the process. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Former Zodiak […]

Sky buys Znak&Jones stake

BSkyB has acquired its second indie stake, this time investing in a transatlantic indie prodco launched this year by former Zodiak and Talpa Media bosses. Sky has taken an equity stake in Znak&Jones Productions, securing international distribution rights for sales arm Sky Vision in the process. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Former Zodiak […]

Cuckoo is first ARD access prime acquisition in 10 years

ARD has picked up UK comedy Cuckoo – a deal that is claimed to represent the German pubic broadcaster’s first acquired access prime series in more than a decade. The first two seasons of the BBC Three comedy will broadcast on the broadcaster from autumn this year. “For a broadcaster of ARD’s calibre to take […]