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Apple sets first official drama series

Apple has officially signed off on its first drama series, the long gestating scripted series starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston (pictured). The show will follow the staff and stars of a morning TV show in the States, and Apple has given it a straight-to-series, two-season order comprising 20 episodes. Reports in the US describe […]

Surprise choice for Channel 4 content chief

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has plumped for the surprise choice of Ian Katz, a news executive currently working at the BBC, as its director of programmes. Katz (pictured) effectively succeeds Jay Hunt, who was C4’s chief creative officer until exiting recently and joining Apple to run its original programming out of the UK. He will […]

Apple confirms ex-C4 exec Jay Hunt as Euro chief

Tech giant Apple has confirmed the hire of former Channel 4 content chief Jay Hunt, news TBI first reported on earlier this month. She has been named European creative director of worldwide video, a role that will see her commissioning original content from Europe. Apple has committed US$1 billion to content in a bid to […]

Jay Hunt linked with Apple post

Former Channel 4 content chief Jay Hunt is being linked with a role at Apple. According to sources, she has been in talks over an unspecified role at the tech giant’s London office. The story first emerged on The Airwaves news site. Hunt is known to be close to Apple original video chiefs Jamie Erlicht and […]

C4’s £75m Bake Off gamble pays off

UK broadcaster Channel 4’s gamble to pay £75 million (US$97 million) to grab The Great British Bake Off from the BBC has reaped early rewards. The first episode of C4’s new bakery competition series took an average 6.5 million viewers and a 30.4% share – its largest overnight audience since the Paralympics in 2012. The […]

C4’s Jay Hunt: SVOD model threatens copros

EDINBURGH: The outgoing Channel 4 chief Jay Hunt has questioned the SVOD rights model Netflix and Amazon are currently using. In her final controller session here at the Edinburgh International Television Festival before she leaves the UK terrestrial broadcaster, she told delegates that while the on-demand giants’ model was working, more difficult conversations were ahead […]

Betty hires Channel 4 exec after rejig

Bear Grylls: Mission Survive prodco Betty has hired Alex Menzies from UK broadcaster Channel 4 (C4) after last week’s news of a management rejig. Menzies has filled the chief creative officer post that was created when All3Media-owned Betty confirmed joint managing directors Matthew Littleford and Neil Smith were exiting, as TBI revealed at the time. […]

Jay Hunt to leave Channel 4

Jay Hunt is to leave her post of chief creative officer at Channel 4 after dropping out the race to become CEO at the UK broadcaster. She will leave the network after seven years, and has been linked with a move to the US after spending several weeks there in recent months. Her time at […]

Peep Show creators, C4 exec create comedy indie

The creators of hit comedy series Peep Show and outgoing head of comedy at Channel 4 are joining forces to create a new UK indie. Channel 4’s comedy chief Phil Clark is leaving the broadcaster later in 2017, five years after he joined from Peep Show prodco Objective. He will start the new, as yet […]

Electus sells David Blaine special into the UK

Electus International has shopped a new David Blaine special, Beyond Magic, into the UK, with free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4 buying the magician’s new show. Australia’s Nine Network and Canada’s CTV have also tapped US-based Electus for the special. The special will have celeb appearances from Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Beckham, Drake, Johnny Depp and John Travolta among others […]

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