Netflix orders Russell Howard stand-up special

Netflix is set to host a Russell Howard stand-up special based on his world tour, which is now in its final stages. The untitled special will go out on Netflix in the UK and internationally towards the end of the year. Howard’s tour show will be produced by UK prodco Avalon. Peter Orton will direct […]

Former Shine COO joins Avalon

Former Shine COO Tim Robinson has joined comedy specialist Avalon Group. Robinson was COO of Shine between 2013 and 2015 before joining Lis Murdoch’s digital start-up Vertical Networks in an interim role. At Avalon he will be based in London. He started in his new role today. Joint Avalon managing directors Richard Allen-Turner and Jon […]

Industry unites behind BBC Three

Actors, writers, producers, managers and agents have united to call on the UK pubcaster the BBC to save youth-skewed digital channel BBC Three. An open letter to BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead and BBC director general Tony Hall demands the decision to axe the channel as part of a cost-saving drive within the next year […]

Ex-FremantleMedia UK boss joins All3

Former FremantleMedia UK CEO Sara Geater is joining another UK-based production giant, All3Media, as COO. Since leaving FremantleMedia’s British arm in 2014 after seven years, she has taken on the chairmanship of indie body PACT, and will joins Gogglebox firm All3 with immediate effect. This comes after All3’s former COO, Jane Turton, secured the CEO […]

Canadian SVOD preps for Catastrophe

Canadian SVOD service Shomi has acquired UK-produced comedy Catastrophe. The series, which has previously picked up by Amazon for its Prime Instant Video service streaming service, follows an American man and British woman who become parents after a one-night stand. It went out on Channel 4 in the UK and the free-to-air broadcaster has ordered […]

Airport, Brothel sell for Hat Trick

Hat Trick International heads into MIPTV on the back of sales of new factual pair Bangkok Airport and The Mega Brothel. Both shows come out of HTI’s first-look distribution deal with UK indie Keo Films. Bangkok Airport has gone to Nine Network in Australia, Discovery Networks in Sweden, Nat Geo People in Asia, the Middle […]

BBC ‘not throwing away’ BBC Three, says Cohen

BBC director of television Danny Cohen has claimed that after years of building up BBC Three the corporation is “not throwing that away” by taking it online only. In an open letter to Jon Thoday and Jimmy Mulville, who have staged a public attempt to take over the youth-skewing network through their production companies Avalon and […]

Public petition to save BBC Three

A petition signed by more than 270,000 people opposing plans to take youth-skewing network BBC Three online only has been delivered to the BBC Trust. Campaigners delivered the petition in person yesterday to the BBC’s governing body on the final day of the public consultation into the plans to move the linear channel online. A […]

Girls creator in BBC digital experiment

The writer of HBO drama Girls, Lena Dunham, is among names attached to BBC Taster, an experimental new platform for digital content and emerging technology. The UK’s pubcaster is billing Taster as “a place for the BBC to try new ways of telling stories, develop new talent, and put new technology through its paces”. This […]

BBC Three controller: channel not for sale

BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh (pictured) has stressed that the network is “not for sale”, a day after Avalon and Hat Trick said they had approached the BBC Trust about buying the youth channel. In a blog post to clarify the BBC’s position relating to the channel, which the BBC plans to take online only, […]