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UK parliament launches inquiry on the future of PSBs

The UK’s communications committee is launching a new inquiry that investigates whether there is a future for public service broadcasting as the rise of video on demand services continues. In recent years video streaming services have emerged as powerful global distributors and producers, creating mounting challenges for PSBs such as the BBC and ITV, according […]

Pact sets legal framework for UK-China co-pros

Pact, the UK producers trade association, has established a new legal framework designed to protect the sharing of confidential ideas and intellectual property between UK-Chinese co-production partners. The new framework is designed to foster deeper collaboration between British and Chinese content producers and stimulate trade by protecting and promoting the co-creation of ideas. Pact’s new […]

Pact to open Leeds post to support TV growth in UK’s nations and regions

UK trade body Pact is set to open a new office in Leeds to aid members of the organisation from the nations and regions to grow their businesses. Pact will open its new office, which will host a new ‘out of London’ (OoL) team by summer 2019. The new positions will be tasked with doing […]

Smithsonian Channel to launch in the UK with local originals

Smithsonian Channel is to launch in the UK with a string of local originals including a doc about British Marxist Tariq Ali and his relationship with Malcolm X. From 12 February British and Irish viewers will have access to the network’s range of non-fiction programming, including history, travel, air and space, science, nature and pop […]

High-end TV production spend in the UK hits £1.2bn

High-end TV (HETV) production spend in the UK reached £1.2bn in 2018, up by 4% from the year prior, according to British Film Institute (BFI) figures. The figure marks the highest level of spend since the introduction of tax breaks in 2013 and stretched across 119 productions. The consolidated spend in 2017 was £1.13bn. Of […]

Pact organises European pitch event

UK trade body Pact is launching a European pitch event which will see 100 UK production companies gain a chance to pitch projects, seek co-finance and network with influential European broadcasters. Content Without Borders will take place from 19-20 March. Attendees will include Amazon, ARTE, Bonnier Broadcasting, Discovery, France Televisions, Histoire, ORF – Austria TF1, […]

Heyday Television hires DNA’s Tom Winchester as president

Heyday Television, a joint venture between NBCUniversal International and David Heyman (Harry Potter), has hired DNA Film and TV’s Tom Winchester as its first president. Winchester, who was creative director at DNA, will lead Heyday’s UK business and work closely with Heyman. Heyman and Winchester’s first hire for Heyday Television UK is Anna Hargreaves, who […]

YouGov: 48% of UK consumers worry about US media dominance

Half of UK media consumers are worried that US companies moving to the nation will mean they apply more control over its media, according to a YouGov report commissioned by sales platform Matrix Solutions. The survey conducted in the UK asked 2,117 consumers about their perceptions of US media companies purchasing UK companies. It was conducted […]

Kiri & Love Island among the most watched UK titles in 2018

The UK’s most watched broadcasted titles for the first half of 2018 have been revealed by OnBuy, using BARB data. The data was gathered by analysing weekly viewing figures for the top-rated programmes, between January to June, across six leading UK broadcast channels: BBC 1, ITV, Channel 4, BBC 2, Channel 5 and ITV 2. […]

COBA calls for “ambitious” broadcasting deal ahead of Brexit

COBA, the UK multichannel broadcasters’ association, has once again sounded the alarm on the likely impact of Brexit on the industry and has called on the government to seek an “ambitious” deal on broadcasting before companies are forced to activate their contingency plans. Speaking to the parliamentary committee on exiting the EU, COBA executive director […]

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