BBC Worldwide launches Britscreen events

BBC Worldwide is launching two new events to showcase its programming to Latin American and Hispanic US buyers under a Britscreen banner. The commercial arm of the BBC already has a huge Showcase event in the UK in February, which attracts about 800 buyers and has spawned a range of satellite events from other UK-based […]

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’ […]

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 […]

BBC Worldwide Showcase: show and tell in Liverpool

With Showcase less than a week away, BBC Worldwide’s president of global markets, Paul Dempsey, tells TBI what the 700 buyers heading to the event can expect from their trip to Liverpool. BBC Worldwide’s annual Showcase is the biggest market in the world hosted by a single distributor. In its sixth year in Liverpool, the […]

Foxtel orders Picnic at Hanging Rock series

Australian pay TV provider Foxtel has ordered an original drama, Picnic at Hanging Rock, with FremantleMedia attached to produce and distribute, and has extended its agreement with HBO. The 6x60mins drama is currently in pre-production at FremantleMedia Australia following investment from Screen Australia. It follows the aftermath of the mysterious disappearance of three schoolgirls and […]

SoHo dropped as Foxtel encourages Binge viewing

Australian pay giant Foxtel is moving premium programming currently on its SoHo drama channel to its Showcase network, while launching a channel targeted at binge viewers. As of October 1, Binge will replace SoHo on the EPG offering curated seasons of shows such as Arrow (pictured), The Flash, Supergirl, Pretty Little Liars, Empire, Californication and […]

Universal Channel buys Mr. Robot for UK

UK pay TV net Universal Channel has acquired hot US cable series Mr. Robot. The NBCUniversal-owned channel will launch the USA Network show on July 21 following an agreement with cousin NBCUniversal International Distribution. Season one will debut with a feature-length, uninterrupted double episode. Amazon Prime Instant Video already offers it via the SVOD window […]

Stargate’s Wright making Netflix sci-fi show

US streaming service Netflix and Corus Entertainment Canadian specialty channel Showcase are joining forces for Travelers, a sci-fi series from Stargate creator Brad Wright. Peacock Alley is producing the series, which will shoot in the Canadian city of Vancouver. Netflix will take the exclusive rights internationally, with Showtime launching it in Canada. Set hundreds of […]

Corus in ‘game-changing’ C$2.7bn Shaw deal

Toronto-listed Corus Entertainment is to pay C$2.65 billion (US$1.86 billion) to buy rival Shaw Media. This marks the latest round of top-level consolidation in the Canadian television and telecommunications market, coming under three years after Corus rival Bell Media bought Astral Media for C$3.4billion and during the emergence of DHX Media as a new major […]

Canadian SVOD service strikes Sony deal

Shomi, the recently-launched Canadian SVOD service, has inked a programming deal with Sony Pictures Television. The deal gives Shomi exclusive rights to several SPT series in Canada, including Outlander (pictured), which will launch on February 13 on the SVOD service. Shomi, which is run by Canadian cable giants Shaw and Rogers, will also get SPT […]