UKTV to rename FTA channels and streamer UKTV Play under new ‘masterbrand’ U

BBC Studios-owned UKTV is to rename its free-to-air channels and its free streaming service under a new ‘masterbrand’. The move is lined up for summer 2024 and will see streamer UKTV Play transition to U and UKTV’s family of free-to-air channels will become U&Dave, U&DRAMA, U&YESTERDAY and U&W. UKTV’s pay channels Alibi, Gold and Eden […]

UKTV hires ITV’s Helen Perry to head up original drama

UKTV has hired ITV exec Helen Perry as head of drama to grow its original scripted slate across its channels Alibi, Drama and Dave. Starting in January 2024, Perry will report to Hilary Rosen, director of commissioning, and will executive produce scripted drama for the broadcaster, joining the team responsible for shows including Annika, Traces, […]

Alibi & France TV strike pre-sale deals for Irish drama ‘The Boy That Never Was’

UKTV’s Alibi channel and France Télévisions have struck pre-sale deals for upcoming Irish drama series The Boy That Never Was with distributor Abacus Media Rights. Produced by Subotica for Irish broadcaster RTÉ, with support from Screen Ireland, the series is filmed on location in Morocco and scheduled for delivery in April 2024. Co-written by Jo […]

BBC Studios & UKTV stock up on AMC Networks dramas for UK & Benelux

BBC Studios and its broadcast group UKTV have jointly acquired the UK and Benelux rights to a slew of AMC Networks shows for FTA channels Drama and Alibi and streamer UKTV Play, and BBC First in Benelux. Comedy-drama Mrs Sidhu Investigates (4 x 90-minutes) and season 1 of detective series Signora Volpe (6 x 90-minutes) […]

UKTV’s Dave ties with Korea’s Something Special for ‘Battle In The Box’

UKTV channel Dave has commissioned its first Korean format with a local version of Korean gameshow Battle In The Box. The format was created by Korea’s NMedia and was picked up by UK-based producer Interstellar in April, following a deal with Something Special. An 8 x 60-minute show has now been ordered, to be fronted […]

UKTV moves into FAST channels with Samsung TV Plus & Pluto TV launches

BBC Studios-owned comcaster UKTV has launched four FAST channels on Samsung TV Plus and Pluto TV. The channels will launch in the UK today on Samsung TV Plus and tomorrow on Pluto TV, providing curated content from UKTV FTA channels Dave, Drama, W and Yesterday The UKTV Play Heroes channel will focus on shows following […]

UKTV names Sony, Discovery & Fremantle alum as factual & fact ent commissioner

UKTV has appointed former Sony, Discovery and Fremantle exec Tracy-Jean as commissioning executive across factual and factual entertainment. The exec, known as TJ, will executive produce programmes across UKTV’s Yesterday, W, Gold and Dave channels, as well as working closely with independent production companies to develop new programmes. TJ will report to Helen Nightingale, UKTV’s […]

UKTV seeks ‘Parental Guidance’ from comedian Katherine Ryan

BBC Studios-owned UKTV has commissioned Katherine Ryan: Parental Guidance (working title), a docuseries led by the comedian for FTA channel W and catch-up service UKTV Play. Produced by Expectation, the 4 x 60-minute series, which will air next year, will follow Ryan as she explores a whole host of extreme parenting techniques, and evaluates whether […]

UKTV orders Toby Whithouse & Quay Street thriller ‘The Red King’ for Alibi

UKTV has commissioned mystery-thriller The Red King from Being Human creator Toby Whithouse and Nicola Shindler’s Quay Street for its crime drama channel Alibi. Whithouse has created and written the 6 x 60-minute series, which is produced by Quay Street (Nolly), in association with ITV Studios, which will handle international sales. The series follows smart, […]

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