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In-demand charts: Poland (May 29-June 4, 2016)

Our latest fortnightly feature in association with Parrot Analytics reveals the most in-demand* shows from Poland, as we head into the central and eastern Europe-focused NATPE event in Budapest, Hungary this month. Poland throws up few surprises: House of Cards and Game of Thrones are the most popular overall and digital series, respectively, in the […]

BBC Studios names Taylor replacement

BBC Studios has appointed the BBC’s controller of rights, legal and business affairs to become genre director of entertainment and events. Roger Leatham will replace Katie Taylor, who left last month as one of a series of changes that have followed Mark Linsey becoming director of the BBC’s new production unit. This puts Leatham in […]

Fremantle buys into Top Gear alum’s new prodco

FremantleMedia has made another indie investment, this time backing Wild Blue Media, a start up from former Top Gear exec Gary Hunter. Hunter is credited with the relaunch of Top Gear for the BBC in 2002, after which it went on to become one of the most successful factual shows and formats in the world. […]

Top Gear and Amazon rival rev up

Amazon has given a name to its high-profile motoring series, while the BBC has announced a launch date for its reboot of Top Gear. The Amazon series, which is fronted by the former Top Gear team, will be called The Grand Tour. It will follow Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. Clarkson, who led […]

Motoring up

With petrolhead show Top Gear making headlines, TBI gets to grips with the new show and takes a look under the bonnet at what is driving viewing in the motoring genre. Top Gear’s success is such that is has spawned a host of companion shows. More broadly, motoring formats are in fashion, as the car becomes […]

BBC Studios exodus continues with unscripted exits

The lead BBC exec at motoring series Top Gear is the latest senior staffer to leave the British broadcaster’s new studios arm. Katie Taylor (left), who also oversees Strictly Come Dancing at the UK pubcaster, is leaving her role as head of entertainment, music and events at BBC Studios. News of her departure came on […]

Netflix buys Top Gear, rights picture unclear

Netflix has confirmed it is taking international rights to the BBC’s new-look Top Gear, though specific details of an agreement remain unclear. The SVOD service’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, confirmed the news after several months of speculation that Netflix would go head-to-head with Amazon Prime Instant Video’s new car series, which features former Top […]

Televisa bags Top Gear, Doctor Who for SVOD

Televisa has snagged a raft of BBC programming for its recently-launched SVOD service Blim. The Mexican media giant has inked a deal with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC, covering over 200 hours of programming across drama, factual and entertainment. The agreement covers Top Gear (left), the car magazine series and best-selling […]

BBCWW driving The Getaway Car into Cannes

BBC Worldwide will launch its primetime driving-entertainment format The Getaway Car in Cannes next month. Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC, will host a launch event at the market with Andy Rowe, the exec producer of the UK version of the show, talking to buyers and answering questions. The format was created […]

Netflix ‘could pit new Top Gear against Amazon’

SVOD service Netflix is reportedly planning to deflate the tyres of Amazon Studios new Jeremy Clarkson-fronted motoring show by acquiring rights to the BBC’s new-look Top Gear. The Guardian has reported that talks have begun between Netflix and the BBC, whose commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, sells the Top Gear format and finished tape internationally. BBCWW […]