UKTV hires ViacomCBS & C5 exec Andrea Amey to lead digital, Tom Davidson exits

BBC Studios-owned UKTV has hired Andrea Amey from ViacomCBS-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 to lead its streaming efforts, with Tom Davidson set to leave the company. Amey becomes general manager for digital at UKTV and will oversee the development of UKTV’s VoD and digital strategy, with a key focus on its streamer UKTV Play. She will also […]

News roundup: ‘Vlad’, ‘Trotsky’ and more int’l deals with South Korea; CW takes stab at ‘Killer Camp’ format; Hayu Australia inks exclusive ‘Chrisley’ deal; and more…

Eccho Rights strikes int’l deals with South Korean platforms South Korean platforms, including the broadcaster Catch On and Mint Media Group, have picked up international dramas Vlad, The End, Bitter Sweet Life and Trotsky, following deals with international distributors Eccho Rights. Vlad from Romania’s Pro TV and The End from producers Ay Yapim in Turkey, have both been picked […]

News round-up: FilmRise snags ‘MythBusters’; Nat Geo goes underground with Blink; Quibi orders adult animation; UKTV grabs ‘The Bill’

FilmRise takes on MythBusters & Deadly Women sales New York-based acquisition and distribution company FilmRise has acquired select international streaming rights to science show MythBusters and true crime series Deadly Women following a deal with Beyond Distribution. The company will distribute Deadly Women in the UK and MythBusters in both the UK and Australia. FilmRise […]

UKTV Play reaches 140m views, adds 1.8m users

UK commercial broadcaster UKTV has revealed that its on-demand service UKTV Play has reached 140m views in 2018 and added 1.8m users. Views on the platform have grown by 36% since 2017. In addition, UKTV’s introduction of mandatory registration has pushed its user uptake with 1.8m signing up in 2018, a third of whom are […]

UKTV doubles content on Virgin Media

British channel provider UKTV is due to double the number of programmes available to Virgin Media customers. The deal will make more than 10,000 hours of catch-up and box-set content available and will include the launch of the updated UKTV Play app on Virgin Media’s TiVo platform. UKTV said the ‘landmark deal’ will provide Virgin […]

UKTV presses Play with first digital-only service

UK multichannel operator UKTV is launching its first direct-to-consumer digital service this summer. UKTV Play will offer programming from UKTV channels such as Dave and Watch as “familiar and intuitive” curated collections, by topic, box sets and ‘staff picks’, as well advance previews of upcoming shows. Features include swipe channel selection, stop-and-resume viewing, predictive search, […]