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News round-up: Sky Studios invests in Longboat Pictures; Travel Channel orders eerie doc series from Karga Seven; Love Nature lands on Xumo in US and more…

Sky Studios invests in UK prodco Longboat Pictures Comcast-owned Sky Studios has acquired a minority stake in Longboat Pictures, a new London-based indie prodco specialising in TV drama. Longboat was founded last year by LA-based director-producer Julie Anne Robinson and former ITV commissioner Victoria Fea. Under the deal, Sky Studios’ investment will help to accelerate Longboat’s […]

ITV orders gameshow special from Spun Gold

ITV in the UK has ordered a new format that pits previous contestants of major TV gameshows against each other. Quizmaster will be hosted by UK presenter Jeremy Vine and will feature 15 previous contestants of shows including Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Mastermind, The Chase, Fifteen To One and University Challenge. They will […]

Animal rights group PETA hits out against Discovery’s ‘Man vs. Bear’ competition

Animal rights group PETA is hitting out against Discovery’s forthcoming Man vs. Bear in the latest wave of animal welfare concerns raised around recent TV series. The organisation has said Discovery is “normalising exploitation” with the commission of Kinetic Content’s competition series, which finds a group of three grizzly bears – all of whom were […]

Channel 4 signs up for ‘Meat The Family’, ‘Lost Pharaohs Of The Nile’

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has signed up to innovative format Meat The Family (working title) from Spun Gold TV. The 3 x 60-minute series forces families to question how much they know about the animals they put on their plates. Over three weeks, four families will share their homes with the animals they would normally […]

SVOD True Royalty TV orders Meghan Markle doc

SVOD service True Royalty TV has commissioned a documentary exploring the global appeal of the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Meghan for President? will include never before-seen-footage and interviews with celebrities, media and Royal experts about Markle’s influence within the British Royal Family. The show will also explore rumours that she wants to run for […]

Spun Gold TV reveals ‘Secrets of the Royal Babies’ for ITV

Spun Gold has been commissioned by ITV to produce an hour-long doc focused on royal babies, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex prepare for the arrival of their first child. Secrets of the Royal Babies (1 x 60 minutes) explores what Meghan Markle can learn from the royal mothers before her – from Queen […]

Spun Gold adds three to leadership team, nabs BBCS exec

Spun Gold Television has added three new execs to its leadership team including former BBC Studios exec Jon Green and Outline Productions’ Bridget Boseley. Green will become head of development for the team. He joins from BBC Studios Entertainment Development, where he was development executive and worked on shows such as Joanna Lumley and Jennifer […]

Ex-ITV commissioner Neumann lands at Spun Gold

Former ITV2 and Virgin Media TV commissioner Daniela Neumann has joined UK indie Spun Gold as its first creative director. Neumann joins from Viasat Broadcasting, where she was VP, content and development responsible for commissioning and channel strategy for 11 free-to-air channels. At Spun Gold, Neumann will oversee expansion into new areas. The company, lead […]