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PBS hits back Trump fund cut plans

US pubcaster PBS has quickly hit back at President Donald Trump’s plan to eliminate all public broadcasting, claiming voters and politicians overwhelmingly oppose such measures. Earlier this week, Trump revealed plans to cut funding for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB), which significantly contributes to around 350 PBS affiliates and comprises about 7% of the […]

BBC Worldwide Showcase: in deep water

Ocean will be the focus of the Tuesday night activity for buyers at the BBC Worldwide Showcase next week, with the commercial arm of the BBC handing the natural history series the premium slot usually reserved for huge formats and entertainment shows (Top Gear last year), or talent-filled drama (Wolf Hall in 2015). Although the evening […]

Cumberbatch to produce, star in new BBC drama

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is to produce and star in a BBC One adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel about the loss of a child. Cumberbatch’s new indie, SunnyMarch TV, is coproducing The Child in Time with another fledgling prodco, Pinewood Television, and Masterpiece, the drama commissioning arm of US pubcaster PBS. Studiocanal, which has […]

Corus Kids chief to run Sprout in US

Deidre Brennan is leaving Canada’s Corus Entertainment after less than a year to become general manager of NBCUniversal’s children’s channel Sprout. Brennan will oversee all aspects of Sprout’s programming, development, marketing, business strategy and performance at the network, which sits within NBCU Cable Entertainment’s lifestyle networks portfolio. She will report to Frances Berwick, president of […]

PBS boards BBC newspaper biz drama

US pubcaster PBS has come onboard upcoming BBC One six-part drama Press. The series – from Deep Indigo, Lookout Point and BBC Studios – will premiere on the PBS Masterpiece strand after a deal with BBC Worldwide, with PBS’s Rebecca Eaton now an executive producer. Press is set in the world of contemporary newspapers, incorporating […]

Sky Vision hires for US, Asia

UK distributor Sky Vision has created new roles in the US and Asia, bringing in execs from PBS and ITN. Gillian Rose becomes senior VP, sales and acquisitions, for the US. She joins from PBS Distribution where she was managing director. She will be based in New York and report to Sky Vision MD Jane […]

Amazon and PBS strike kids TV deal

Amazon will show a raft of shows from the PBS Kids service after striking a content deal with the publicly-funded US broadcaster. The streaming service has inked a multiyear deal with PBS Distribution that gives excusive premium rights to titles including Nature Cat (pictured) and Jet Go! As well as continued access to shows such […]

ITV Studios to crown Victoria in Cannes

Queen Victoria will appear in Cannes on ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s MIPTV slate. Victoria, a new period drama for ITV and PBS, will be offered to buyers and has been selected to premiere at the first MIPDrama Screenings on Sunday, April 3. In the US, PBS has revealed it will air the series in the […]

Hulu scoops exclusive Curious George

Hulu has netted an exclusive deal for kids show Curious George. The deal gives the US streaming and catch-up service exclusive rights to new and library episodes of the animated series, including specials and movies. Hulu will play the Curious George content in the ad-free Hulu Kids section of its service. The agreement, struck between […]

PBS preps new kids services

PBS is launching a range of new kids offerings including a round-the-clock kids channel and a streamed version of the linear service. The publicly funded US broadcaster said the 24/7 kids service will be available to its local affiliates later this year. As well as a linear digital channel there will be a live stream […]

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