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Leading US nets join SVOD streamer

A+E Networks, Discovery, AMC Networks and Viacom are among the major US broadcast groups confirming they will put channels on a new, factual- and entertainment-focused live TV streaming service. The new service, Philo, will be priced at US$16 a month, and will offer live TV streaming, DVR services and on-demand programming. It will have more […]

Luther will return to BBC

British detective drama Luther will return to BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US for a fifth season. It had been unclear if the series, which stars Idris Elba (The Wire) as gruff policeman John Luther, would be back on screens after a short fourth run in December 2015. However, UK […]

BBC America pacts with Elisabeth Moss for drama

US cable channel BBC America is working with Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss on a period drama based on a Mary Beth Keane novel. American prodco Annapurna Television is also attached to Fever, which will star Moss (pictured in Handmaid’s Tale), who also featured in BBC drama Top of the Lake. Moss holds the novel […]

Top Gear America returning on US cable

Just under a year after History ended its US version of Top Gear, BBC America is bringing the format back. Top Gear America will premiere on AMC Networks-operated BBC America later this year, beginning a new eight-part series. History had run its version (pictured) between 2010 and 2016, but this stopped after six seasons amid […]

BBC announces Blue Planet II

The BBC has officially unveiled its latest blue-chip natural history series, Blue Planet II, and will launch it to international buyers at its Showcase event in Liverpool this week. Sir David Attenborough will narrate the series, which was previously known as Ocean and will look at underwater environments and animals across every continent. BBC Studios’ […]

Bravo ups development exec Smith

Rachel Smith has been appointed senior vice president of development at US cable net Bravo Media. Her new role, based in New York, will involve overseeing non-scripted development including pilots, original concepts and casting reels. She will report to Frances Berwick, president of lifestyle networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. In her previous role as senior […]

BBC, Blue Ant launching Earth channel

BBC Worldwide and Blue Ant are rolling out the BBC Earth channel in Canada. The commercial arm of the UK pubcaster and the Canadian programmer and channel operator will launch the high-end factual net on January 24. The launch line-up will include hit series Planet Earth II (pictured) and The Hunt. The HD net will replace […]

AMC in league with BBC’s McMafia

US cable channel AMC has joined BBC One on an organised crime drama series. The latest collaboration between the networks is on drama McMafia and comes after AMC closed a coproduction agreement with BBC Worldwide North America. AMC, the BBC and Cuba Pictures (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) are coproducing the drama in association with […]

Nine to visit Planet Earth II

Australian commercial channel Nine Network has acquired local premiere rights to Planet Earth II, which scored huge ratings for the BBC in the UK this week. The BBC Studios Natural History Unit-produced series took 9.2 million viewers on its premiere on Sunday, making it the biggest-rating natural history programme in the UK for 15 years. […]

Netflix boards BBC America drama

Streaming service Netflix has boarded BBC America comedy thriller series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. The SVOD service has taken rights outside the US and will launch it this December. IMG sells the show internationally as part of its push into global distribution, and did the deal with Netflix. The series is based on Douglas […]

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