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BBC First extends Dutch distribution

BBC Worldwide is upping the distribution of BBC First in the Netherlands after agreeing a deal with TV, internet and phone provider Caiway. The operator will carry the ‘best of British drama’ channel from June 15, and it will available to its 200,000 subscribers. The fully localised Dutch version of BBC First is already available […]

BBC’s drama channel launching in Europe

BBC Worldwide is launching its drama channel BBC First in Europe for the first time, TBI understands. It will launch in the Netherlands next month and throughout the Benelux region soon after. First is programmed with high-end scripted programming from BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, and third-party UK drama. It has […]

NBCU inks Thorne duo development deal

NBCUniversal has signed a one-year first-look deal with UK writing duo Jim Keeble and Dudi Appleton. NBCU International Television Production’s deal runs through Keeble and Appleton’s indie 87 Films and encompasses their writing and producing capabilities. NBCUITVP’s executive VP, scripted programming JoAnn Alfano will oversee the agreement and develop 87’s scripts for the US, UK […]

Endemol Shine sets up drama prodco

Endemol Shine Group has set up a new drama prodco with Phillippa Giles, the BBC producer who counts Luther and Silent Witness among her credits. Bandit Television will be part of Endemol Shine UK and will make British drama that ESG’s Endemol Shine Interntional will distribute. Giles is a 25-year BBC veteran and won a […]

HBO Europe hires drama exec

HBO’s European production group has hired its first London-based executive, who will work on its growing drama output. Steve Matthews is joining HBO Europe as executive producer, drama development at the HBO Europe Original Productions unit. He will be based in London, but work with HBO Europe production bases in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and […]

BBC drama boss leaves to revive FremantleMedia’s Euston Films

The BBC’s head of drama, Kate Harwood (left), is leaving the UK public broadcaster revive Euston Films, the FremantleMedia-owned production company that made iconic series including Van der Valk, The Sweeney and Minder between 1971 and 1994 before winding down Harwood will leave her role as head of drama production to become managing director at […]

Cirkus seals Com Hem VOD deal

New subscription video-on-demand Cirkus has scored a major multi-year distribution deal with Swedish cable operator Com Hem, TBI has learned. From autumn this year, Cirkus will be made available to Com Hem customers as a standalone service or bundled with other TV products, as the cableco makes a concerted push into on-demand content. The deal […]