UK’s Alibi & Masterpiece set sail on Annika S2, following global sales deals

UKTV’s Alibi has partnered with Masterpiece in the US on a second season of detective drama Annika, while Sky Deutschland and ZDF have struck a two-window deal for the show in Germany. The 6 x 60-minute series is based on the BBC Radio 4 drama, written by Nick Walker, and produced by Scottish indie Black Camel […]

UKTV’s W preps Alex Jones & Rochelle Humes shows as channel goes FTA

BBC Studios-owned multichannel service UKTV is taking its female-skewing entertainment channel W free-to-air (FTA) and making it available on its DTC VOD service UKTV Play from next week. In a move that was first reported last month, W will go FTA and will launch on 28 March in Freeview slot 25 in the UK. Viewers […]

BBCS names UKTV exec to become EVP of global operations

BBC Studios (BBCS) has promoted the director of technology & operations at its UK-based networks arm UKTV to become EVP of global operations. Nicola Greaves will reporting into BBCS’s COO Martyn Freeman and will oversee the management, strategy and delivery of BBCS content for its branded services division. The branded services arm houses BBCS’s global […]

Show of the week: Black Panthers of World War II

This one-hour special tells the story of the US’s first African American armoured unit to enter combat during World War Two – the 761st Tank Battalion. Known as the Black Panthers, the unit proved more than capable of living up to their motto of ‘Come Out Fighting’, but as this one-off programme reveals, they had […]

UKTV reports record audience growth, driven by drama

BBC Studios-owned channel group UKTV achieved a year of record growth in 2021, with its highest-ever viewing share across its portfolio. The UKTV group, which includes the channels Dave, Drama, Gold, Yesterday, W, Eden and Alibi, as well as on-demand service UKTV Play, saw a network share rise of 4% last year, up to 4.8%. […]

Abacus Media Rights hires UKTV & Sky alum to lead acquisitions

UK-based distributor Abacus Media Rights (AMR) has hired former UKTV and Sky exec Charlie Charalambous to lead its acquisitions activity. He will be based out of London and will oversee the addition of unscripted and scripted content for AMR, which is backed by Amcomri Entertainment. Charalambous was most recently at UKTV, where he was responsible […]

BBC, C4, ITV & Sky commit to COP26 climate content pledge

The CEOs of UK broadcasters, including the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, STV and Sky, will today meet at the UN’s COP26 climate conference in Glasgow to pledge to create more and better climate-focused content across all genres. A total of 12 broadcasters and streamers have signed up to The Climate Change Content Pledge, in which […]

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