UKTV’s Watch becomes W

UK channel provider UKTV has unveiled a new pay TV brand, W, which will replace the existing Watch service in February. The female-focused channel, targeting 30-39 year-olds, will air a mix of original shows such as ON, an authored documentary strand featuring films by radio DJ Sara Cox, musician Sophie Ellis-Bextor and journalist Grace Dent; […]

UKTV buys trio of Disney shows

Channel operator UKTV has acquired three Disney-sold series for its Britiah channels: Code Black (left), Quantico and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. The deal, with Disney Media Distribution, gives UKTV exclusive rights (ex-Republic of Ireland) to the new dramas, all of which were launched at this year’s LA Screenings. Quantico (right) will go out on the […]

UKTV buys into Secrets and Lies

UK multichannel operator UKTV has acquired ABC Studios mystery drama Secrets and Lies. The 10x60mins series is based on an Australian drama of the same name, and is currently moving towards its second season in the US after season one averaged 8.1 million total viewers. UKTV signed the show from distributor Disney UK and Ireland […]

UKTV poaches NBCUniversal exec for Watch

Adam Collings has joined UKTV from NBCUniversal and will oversee programming at its Watch channel. Collings will oversee programme strategy and scheduling at general entertainment channel Watch and have input into commissioning and acquisitions decisions. He will report to Watch general manager, Steve North. This comes after a restructure of UKTV’s channel bouquet that saw […]

UKTV orders five broadcast pilots

UKTV will show five new factual entertainment pilots that it has commissioned for its Watch channel. The UK digital channel operator ordered the batch of pilots for its‘Formats Lab’ strand and said that it expects to take one to series. UKTV asked UK indies to pitch innovative fact-ent pilots and has now greenlit Seven Envelopes, […]

Scripps ‘offers BBCWW £500m for UKTV’

Scripps Networks International has reportedly offered the BBC as much as £500 million (US$849.2 million) to buy the latter’s commercial arm out of their joint venture channels operator, UKTV. A deal would give it full control of 10 channels such as Dave, Watch, Yesterday and Gold. UK newspaper The Guardian reports Scripps has made “multiple […]

North, Wills upped, Hornsey out in UKTV restructure

Multichannel operator UKTV has restructured its top-level team in a move that sees the departures of Clare Laycock and Steve Hornsey. Really, Home and Good Food general manager Laycock is moving to Discovery Networks UK and Ireland, where she will be channel head for its flagship entertainment network TLC, while Hornsey’s role as GM of […]

2014 LA Screenings: Catherine Mackin, UKTV

As buyers flock to Los Angeles for the May Screenings, TBI speaks with key players about what’s on their 2014 shopping list What slots are there for US shows on your channels? We have 10 channels, several of which we acquire first-run content for from the studios. However, at the LA screenings we are predominately […]

UKTV adds ex-BBC comedy commissioner

UK broadcaster UKTV has hired former BBC comedy commissioner Simon Lupton to become its commissioning editor, entertainment, as part of a push into scripted. His appointment comes after Richard Watsham was promoted to director of commissioning following Jane Rogerson’s exit last year. Luton will report into Watsham, who is charged with increasing the BBC Worldwide […]

UKTV’s Watch becomes Almost Human

UKTV’s flagship pay channel Watch has acquired Fox sci-fi drama Almost Human. The deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution hands Watch rights to the 13x60mins series, which counts the prolific J.J. Abrams as executive producer. The deal came in the same week UK net Watch launched another WBITD-distributed Abrams show, Believe. Almost Human is […]

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