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BBC Studios poaches Boundless MD for factual

BBC Studios has hired Boundless managing director Hannah Wyatt as the new genre director for factual entertainment and events. Wyatt will leave FremantleMedia UK-owned Boundless in early 2018, and Liam Humphreys, CEO of unscripted at Fremantle, will oversee the role until a replacement is found, according to a company spokesperson. Her hire comes after BBC Studios […]

ITVS Oz appoints Fremantle’s Hart as content head

ITV Studios Australia (ITVSA) has appointed FremantleMedia Australia (FMA)’s Beth Hart as head of content. Hart will be responsible for all ITVSA commissioned shows. She will begin her role in September. Hart has worked in both the UK and Australia on a range of top-rated shows. Her UK executive producer credits include The X Factor, Hell’s […]

INTV: Zucker – CNN thriving amid Trump media assault

CNN boss Jeff Zucker claims the media is under assault and politicians are failing to address US president Donald Trump’s attacks on journalists, but that his news network is thriving with political events driving record ratings and revenue. Zucker was speaking at INTV in a session labelled ‘The War on Truth’, and told delegates here […]

Trump opposes AT&T/Time Warner and Comcast/NBCU

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has come out against the AT&T and Time Warner deal and also said if he wins the US election, his administration would examine another media mega merger, that of Comcast and NBCUniversal. Trump has taken issue with mainstream media throughout his campaign, with the attacks becoming more frequent and trenchant […]

BBC iPlayer TV requests up by 15 million

The BBC reported 255 million requests for TV programmes on the iPlayer in October, up by 15 million compared to the same month a year earlier. In its iPlayer Monthly Performance Pack, the UK pubcaster said that “as the nights draw in, TV increases in appeal” with requests for both TV and radio shows coming […]

Sony orders Filipino Cash Cab

Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia has commissioned a local version of Cash Cab, the profitable All3Media International format. SPT’s show will air on its AXN pay TV channel from December, going into production this week. Australia-headquartered ActiveTV, which was behind Cash Cab Asia and The Amazing Race Asia, will produce Cash Cab Philippines. Starcom Mediavest […]

Boundless replaces BBC-bound Holland

FremantleMedia UK producer Boundless has appointed a managing director to replace Patrick Holland, who is to become head of documentary commissioning at the BBC. Hannah Wyatt (pictured) has been named MD, having previously been creative director. The BBC recently hired Holland as one of three new commissioning editors sought after a restructure. He will remain […]

Time runs out for A.D. on NBC

US broadcaster NBC has axed its Bible-inspired Mark Burnett drama series. A.D. The Bible Continues came from Burnett’s LightWorkers Media, but its ratings have generally failed to match its predecessor series, The Bible, which was a massive hit for cable channel History. A.D. began well, scoring nearly ten million total viewers on Easter Sunday, but […]

NBC ends relationship with Donald Trump

US broadcast net NBC has confirmed it will stop working with Donald Trump in the wake of his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants. The US businessman and TV personality reacted furiously to the news, labelling NBC “weak” and “foolish” and suggesting the termination of the Miss Universe TV deal will be settled in court. The […]

MGM aims to become ‘powerhouse’ in unscripted

Buoyed by its recent deal with Mark Burnett that gave it The Apprentice and Survivor, MGM says it will become a ‘powerhouse’ in unscripted programming in the international market. The US studio is best known for its features, and more recently TV drama including Fargo, Vikings and Teen Wolf. However, it is now has some […]