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Avalon, Hat Trick in BBC Three takeover bid

UK production companies Avalon and Hat Trick have confirmed they are attempting to take over youth-skewing network BBC Three, as the BBC prepares to take the channel online only. According to a spokesperson for the production companies, which are responsible for BBC Three shows like Russell Howard’s Good News and The Revolution Will Be Televised, an approach has […]

Buyers Briefing: Brad Wood, Comedy Central

Name: Brad Wood Title: Director of acquisitions, Comedy Central UK Brad Wood leads acquisitions at Comedy Central, where he sources content and acquisitions for a range of international Viacom comedy channels, including Jill Offman’s Comedy Central UK. Prior to his current role, he was an entertainment and lifestyle buyer for Discovery Channel in the UK […]

FremantleMedia poaches former BBC exec for US programming role

The US division of FremantleMedia has recruited former BBC Entertainment exec Sean Hancock as its new VP, alternative programming. At FremantleMedia North America Hancock will develop and produce reality competition, gameshow and other unscripted content, reporting to the company’s recently appointed executive VP of alternative programming, Toby Gorman. As commissioning editor at the BBC, Hancock […]

UKTV and YouView sign ‘landmark’ on-demand deal

UKTV has signed a catch-up agreement with connected TVservice YouView, in what the UK multichannel broadcaster hailed as a “landmark” deal. UKTV will provide seven-day catch-up services for its free-to-air channels Dave, Yesterday and Really and the agreement marks the first time that UKTV has offered a catch-up service that is purpose-built for TV. It […]

iPlayer usage stays flat

BBC iPlayer usage for May was flat month-on-month, with the breakdown of usage across PCs, mobiles, tablets and connected TVs also consistent with the figures for April. BBC iPlayer, the UK public broadcaster’s catch-up service, recorded 257 million requests for the month, the same number as April. Average daily requests numbered eight million. The number […]