Sky New Zealand stares into Hard Sun & eyes American Gods

Sky New Zealand has acquired new pre-apocalyptic BBC drama Hard Sun, as well as Starz and Amazon drama American Gods and Foxtel’s Picnic at Hanging Rock. All three series count FremantleMedia International as their distributor, and each will play on Sky’s SoHo basic tier channel following the new deal. Hard Sun, which comes from Luther […]

Christmas cheer for record-breaking BBC iPlayer

The BBC’s on-demand service in the UK, BBC iPlayer, enjoyed a record week over Christmas, as box-set viewing rocketed. iPlayer recorded 69.2 million requests for its programming in the week between Monday, December 25 and Sunday, December 31, according to new stats from the British pubcaster. Furthermore, some 25.6 million hours were watched over the […]

UK kids industry gets ‘much-needed’ £60m cash injection

The British kids TV industry has been given a £60 million (US$81.3 million) production and distribution boost, in a move that has been described as a “much-needed stimulus” for local producers. The UK government revealed the fund would be available for content broadcast on commercial public TV broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 5, other […]

Vevo president and CEO Erik Huggers steps down

Erik Huggers has stepped down as the president and CEO of major label-backed music video and entertainment platform Vevo. In a statement Vevo said that Huggers had decided to leave to “pursue new opportunities” and thanked him for his work since joining the company in 2015. Vevo’s chief finance officer Alan Price has become interim […]

BBC Two plots Harvey Weinstein doc

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is to be the subject of a feature length doc from UK pubcaster BBC Two. Weinstein (WT) will look at the rise and fall of the producer, whose career is in tatters after multiple allegations of rape, sexual assault and other bizarre sexual practices. The doc will run to 90 […]

Blue Planet II is BBC iPlayer’s top series of 2017

Big-ticket natural history series Blue Planet II is the most requested show on the iPlayer this year. The David Attenborough-fronted series saw its first episode received 4.2 million requests on the streaming service of the UK’s pubcaster. This narrowly topped episode one of Tom Hardy drama Taboo, which took 4.1 million. Relationship drama Doctor Foster’s […]

Different shades of Red: Nicola Shindler one-on-one

Nicola Shindler is surely the most well known drama producer from Manchester, England, with a credits list including Queer as Folk, Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley. She tells Jesse Whittock about finding the perfect story and whether she could produce in the US Think of the most influential producers in the UK in […]

Hello Halo hires kids head as first CBeebies series lands

UK indie Hello Halo has appointed development exec Terri Langan (pictured) as its first head of children’s, as the prodco lands its first commission from preschool net CBeebies. Langan takes on the post more than three years after Wendy Rattray founded Hello Halo, initially as a factual company. Langan, who has developed kids series for […]

Ex-BBC, Warner exec to lead Maverick USA

Former BBC and Warner Bros. John Hesling has been appointed president of All3Media America prodco Maverick TV USA. Hesling was most recently senior VP of programming at Warner Bros. Television’s Shed Media, overseeing creative output. Based out of LA, Hesling will oversee development and production of new shows for the US market, while attempting to […]

BBC has Picnic at Hanging Rock with Fremantle acquisition

UK pubcaster the BBC has secured UK rights for FremantleMedia International’s Picnic at Hanging Rock. The series, based on Joan Lindsey’s Australian novel, follows the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day 1900. It stars Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer as the English headmistress. Picnic at Hanging Rock is a FremantleMedia […]

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