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New drama hub for UK’s Manchester as tax breaks kick in

The UK city of Manchester is continuing its push into media production by opening a new 360,000 sq. ft. drama hub designed to take advantage of the new British tax credit system. The site will complement The Sharp Project’s existing drama studios in Gorton, Greater Manchester, where shows including Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat, Sky […]

Power Play: why celebs are becoming execs

As the global media superpowers march into ever more sectors, A-list actors, musicians, fashion gurus and novelists are taking control of television projects. Jesse Whittock reports on the rise of the celebrity superproducer. In the past, the glamorous worlds of film, sport, pop music and fashion looked down their noses at TV from behind the […]

The Blacklist beats Hostages in season launches

The first episode of buzzy US drama The Blacklist has performed well for NBC, winning 12.6 million viewers, beating another hyped new drama, CBS’s Hostages. The Blacklist stars James Spader as a wanted fugitive who mysteriously turns himself in. Its creditable opening episode performance meant it beat Hostages, which went out on CBS. The Jerry […]

HBO acquires Sky Living comedy Doll & Em

US premium cable net HBO has bought Doll & Em, a new comedy from Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells originally commissioned for UK pay TV channel Sky Living. HBO has bought US and Canadian rights the 6x30mins comedy show from Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola’s new imprint King Bee Productions. The series follows real life best […]

TV2, 365 reveal It’s Love, Actually

Broadcasters in Denmark and Iceland have acquired straight-to-series format remakes of Sky Vision-distributed factual entertainment format It’s Love, Actually, and the finished episodes from the original UK programme. The 10x30mins format is billed as ‘light-hearted and confessional’ and sees young couples talk candidly about all aspects of their relationships. It was originally produced by Fever […]

Naomi Campbell takes her Face to Foxtel

Supermodel Naomi Campbell is to executive produce an Australian version of her modelling competition format The Face, which Shine Australia will produce. The format is set for a run on pay TV provider Foxtel’s FOX8 channel in 2014, with Campbell set to both exec and head up the production. Campbell helmed in the first version […]

New hire for NBCU’s Monkey

NBCUniversal-owned Monkey Kingdom has recruited a new executive producer, Ollie Brack, from FremantleMedia’s UK prodco Talkback. Brack will work across UK-based producer Monkey’s entertainment and alternative formats for the US and UK markets. NBCU said he will play an instrumental role in creating talent-led shows along the lines of NBCU’s shows with Girls Aloud, Charlotte […]

Lifetime confirms UK launch, expected to replace Bio

US cable network Lifetime has confirmed it will launch in the UK this autumn. The female-skewing channel is operated by A+E, which back in April told TBI it would roll out the channel in the UK this year. It officially announced the launch this morning. A spokesman declined to comment, but TBI understands that it […]

2013 LA Screenings Buyer Profile: Sarah Wright, controller of acquisitions, BSkyB

UK pay TV operator BSky is the largest UK-based buyer of US studio programming and picked up a raft of titles at last year’s LA Screenings for its Sky1 HD, Sky Living HD and Sky Atlantic channels. Sarah Wright is controller of acquisitions and as well as working across the channels is also buying studio […]

Sky Living orders female-led sitcom

UK pay TV channel Sky Living HD has commissioned a female-led six-part comedy set in the world of product promotions. Give Out Girls comes from UK indie Big Talk Productions (Friday Night Dinner) and Popper Pictures and will star Kerry Howard (Him & Her), X Factor UK finalist Diana Vickers and others including Tracy-Ann Oberman […]