Apple to format Corden’s Carpool Karaoke

Apple has acquired exclusive rights to James Corden format Carpool Karaoke, as the tech giant pushes further into original programming. The new series will debut on the Apple Music platform after Apple reached an agreement with CBS Studios International, the US distributor that began shopping the format after its success as a skit on The […]

Sky1 weds with Bride after BBC divorce

Satellite channel Sky1 has acquired UK rights to wedding format Don’t Tell the Bride, after previous broadcaster the BBC decided to dump it ahead of BBC Three’s move to a digital-only brand. Sky-owned general entertainment channel Sky 1 has ordered two seasons, comprising 24 episodes. Warner Bros. Television Production-UK owned Renegade will produce. The format, […]

Sky rejigs programming team

Sky has installed a new head of comedy and rejigged its senior programming team across Sky 1 and Sky Living. Sky 1 director Adam MacDonald has been given a wider role, and will now also run female-skewed entertainment channel Sky Living. The change sees former Living boss Julia Barry move to new role in Sky’s […]

The Crown producer targets China drama

UK drama production company Left Bank Pictures is to begin targeting the Chinese market after signing a co-development deal with the China International Television Corporation. This pact will see Sony Pictures Television-owned Left Bank, which is producing Netflix royal drama The Crown, and CITVC working up English-language scripted programming for the Chinese and international markets. […]

NBC straps in for Apocalypse Slough

US broadcaster NBC is on board Sky1’s upcoming end-of-times comedy-drama Apocalypse Slough. NBC involvement as a co-commissioner came in a Sky1 announcement that revealed US stars Rob Lowe (The West Wing), Jenna Fischer (The American Office) and Megan Mullaley (Will and Grace) were among the leads cast. The 10x60mins series comes from NBCU-owned Working Title […]

Kumars comedy format travels to Turkey

The Kumars will be remade in Turkey after local broadcaster Star TV ordered a six episode version of the UK-originated comedy series. The scripted format deal was made by Hat Trick International, which distributes the series. The Turkish show will be based on The Kumars series produced by Hat Trick and Avatar in the UK […]

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 […]

BBCWW to commission more content, seeking longer runs

BBC Worldwide is looking to commission more of its own content and is seeking longer runs of content it acquires from its UK public broadcaster parent that are more tailored to the needs of the international market, according to a key executive. Speaking at Informa’s Digital TV CEE conference in Krakow on Thursday, Liam Keelan, global […]

BT plans TV rebrand, entertainment push

BT is planning to slowly rebrand its TV service from BT Vision to BT TV, and has plans to boost its channel line-up later this year. Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild event yesterday, BT Retail’s chief executive of TV Marc Watson said that BT is rebranding the division following the launch of its web-connected […]

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 […]