Pioneer drafts in Arrow exec as creative chief

British producer Pioneer Productions has poached Arrow Media executive producer Thomas Viner for a senior creative role. Viner will become the Tinopolis-owned factual prodco’s creative director, reporting to CEO Jonathan Hewes, the former Wall to Wall international boss who took over last year as Pioneer founder who stepped down as chairman. He will work closely […]

Netflix greenlights Cameron Dallas series

Netflix’s latest original programme is an unscripted series featuring social media star Cameron Dallas. The untitled series will follow Dallas, who has more than 35 million followers across five platforms, as he tries to take his career to the next level. It will feature his friends and families, exposing the stark contrast between public persona […]

BBC Studios hooks Salmon

Veteran British executive Peter Salmon has been named director of the BBC’s forthcoming commercial production division, BBC Studios. Salmon, currently based in Salford as director of BBC England and a member of the organisation’s senior management team, has beaten off competition to land the post, which he will take up later this year. He will […]

TLC makes Katie Hopkins series

TLC has ordered If Katie Hopkins Ruled the World, a fact-ent series starring the controversial ex-Apprentice star. The 7x60mins studio series will see Hopkins, dubbed ‘Britain’s most outspoken personality’ by Discovery, joined by celebrities as they debate a rule on everyday life. The studio audience then votes on whether the rule is accepted or thrown […]

How coproduction returned to Wales

S4C’s CEO Ian Jones explains the conditions that have seen internationally-coproduced drama return to Wales. I became chief executive of S4C, the Welsh-language broadcaster, in early 2012, at a time of major change within the industry. This change has not only reshaped our sector, but also how we at S4C work – including our strategic […]

Former BBCWW formats boss resurfaces at Passion

Passion Distribution has hired Elin Thomas as global head of sales. Thomas was in charge of format sales at BBC Worldwide, but chose to exit commercial arm of the UK pubcaster earlier this year in the wake of an internal reorganisation. At UK-based distributor Passion she takes the newly-created role of global head of sales, […]

Sunset+Vine poaches Fox’s Bevan for Asian op

Sports media production company Sunset+Vine has poached Huw Bevan from Fox International Channels to head up a new Asian operation. Bevan has spent the past 10 years working as senior VP, production for FIC in Asia, and was previously at ESPN STAR Sports. He will now run Sunset+Vine Asia as managing director, based in Singapore. […]

Passion cuts pre-NATPE Latin deals

Ahead of the upcoming NATPE programming market in Miami, Passion Distribution has closed a raft of deals with broadcasters in Latin America. Brazil’s leading broadcaster TV Globo has ordered more episodes of the local version of the Worst Driver format, meaning an extended run for the previously announced second season of the show. Globo makes […]

BBC orders water company ob-doc

BBC Two has commissioned Watermen (WT), a new observational documentary about water supply company United Utilities. The series will be produced by Mentorn Media, which is part of fast-growing production and distribution group Tinopolis, and will follow the staff and customers of the water company which operates in the north-west of England. Watermen was commissioned […]

Passion ignites Firecracker deals

Passion Distribution has cut international deals for several shows from UK producer Firecracker Films. Firecracker and Passion are both owned by Tinopolis, although some of the producer’s content, including My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, is distributed by Zodiak Rights under the terms of a deal that predates Tinopolis’ acquisition of Firecracker. However, going forward Passion […]