UKTV’s Yesterday orders model railway obs doc from Rare TV

UKTV’s factual channel Yesterday has ordered a 10-part obs doc about model railway manufacturer Hornby. Hornby: A Model World (10 x 60-minutes) is in production with UK prodco Rare TV and will follow the company and its brands – including Hornby Railways, Corgi, Airfix and Scalextric – as they gear up for new product launches. The […]

BBC Comedy execs Kate Daughton & Sarah Asante depart

BBC head of comedy Kate Daughton and comedy commissioner Sarah Asante are both leaving the UK pubcaster. Daughton departs after more than five years at the company, during which time she commissioned shows including the second season of Fleabag and two seasons of The Offenders. This followed a career as a producer working on shows […]

UKTV seeks diverse voices; launches new initiatives, commissions anthology series

British broadcaster UKTV is launching two new writer’s initiatives aimed at improving ethnic and gender diversity across its comedy and drama productions. It also plans to commission a 4 x 30-minute anthology series for its channel Dave that will be written, made and performed by diverse talent. UKTV has teamed up with the Triforce Creative […]

News round-up: All3Media shops ‘Extraordinary Escapes’; UKTV tunes in to ‘Whose Line…’; Federation Ent’ expands doc slate

All3Media shops ‘Extraordinary Escapes’ All3Media International has acquired distribution rights to factual series Extraordinary Escapes With Sandi Toksvig. Produced by Tuesday’s Child Television for Channel 4, the four-part series is set to premiere in the UK tomorrow (10 February) and follows comedian, writer and broadcaster Toksvig as she joins familiar faces from the worlds of […]

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 […]

Fremantle-owned Naked hires UKTV commissioning editor Natalie Rose

Fremantle-owned I Can See Your Voice producer Naked has hired UKTV commissioning editor Natalie Rose as its new head of features. She will join the label in January and reports into recently appointed MD Fatima Salaria, the former Channel 4 head of specialist factual who left the UK broadcaster earlier this summer to head up Naked. Rose […]

UKTV’s Alibi acquires crime drama ‘Briarpatch’ from NBCUniversal

UKTV has picked up Texas-based drama Briarpatch – which was cancelled after just one season earlier this year – for its Alibi channel following a deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution. The 10-part series is based on the Ross Thomas novel of the same name and was produced by Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and Paramount Television. It debuted on […]

MIPCOM Factual round-up: China’s Youku takes Karga’s Ottoman series; Discovery goes antiques hunting; UKTV’s W extends ‘The Shift’

Youku snags Karga Seven’s Ottoman series Chinese streamer Youku is among those to have acquired the first season of docudrama series Rise Of Empires: Ottoman, which was first available via Netflix. The show is produced by Red Arrow Studios-owned Karga Seven Pictures in association with LA-based STXtv, which has also struck deals with SIC in Portugal […]

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