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 […]

Alibi renews ‘Traces’ and ‘We Hunt Together’ for second seasons, due 2021

UKTV’s specialist crime drama channel Alibi has recommissioned two of its original series – Traces and We Hunt Together – for second seasons. Produced by RED Production Company for UKTV and BBC Studios Distribution, Traces is based on an original idea by best-selling crime writer Val McDermid, with season one following the work of the […]

UKTV extends ‘Bangers & Cash’

British broadcaster UKTV has commissioned two further seasons of its observational car auction documentary series Bangers & Cash for its factual channel Yesterday. The third season of the UKTV Original series is due to air in October, with these new commissions (20 x 60-minutes), which are currently filming, bringing the total series order to five. […]

Canadian drama ‘Hudson & Rex’ finds home in UK, Nordics & Spain

UKTV’s Alibi, TV4 in Sweden, TV2 in Denmark and Forta in Spain have picked up the English-language version of cop drama Hudson & Rex. The police series is produced by Shaftesbury and Pope Productions, in association with Canada’s CityTV and Beta Film, which distributes globally. It is the first English-language adaptation of the European scripted […]

BBCS, UKTV appoint Melanie Rumani as global head of acquisitions

BBC Studios (BBCS) and UKTV have named Melanie Rumani to the newly created role of global head of acquisitions. Rumani’s appointment follows the decision to combine the remit of the acquisitions teams at BBCS and UKTV under Adrian Wills, general manager of global acquisitions for BBCS, and drama & lifestyle for UKTV. The new team […]

Grand Scheme Media & Comedy 50:50 detail new virtual session

UK-based Grand Scheme Media has revealed more details of its upcoming comedy TV session, which is being produced in partnership with Saskia Schuster’s Comedy 50:50 initiative. The Introduction To Comedy TV session, which was postponed following Covid-19 restrictions, is now to be run as a concentrated 90-minute version via Zoom. Two sessions, backed by UKTV […]

UKTV’s Alibi orders Spanish drama from ‘Bodyguard’ firm World Productions

UKTV’s crime drama channel Alibi has ordered a six-part Spanish series written by The Tunnel’s Ben Richards and to be produced by Bodyguard firm World Productions. The Diplomat (6 x 60-minutes) is set around the British Consul in Barcelona and follows two colleagues who mix the roles of lawyer, counsellor and cop as they deal […]

UKTV’s Alibi snags trio of US dramas from ViacomCBS

Britain’s UKTV has acquired three new US drama series – Why Women Kill, Tommy and Evil – from ViacomCBS Global Distribution, for broadcast on its Alibi channel from the end of the year. The deal was brokered by UKTV’s head of acquisitions Emma Sparks and Matt Downer at ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, which is distributing all […]

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