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Channel 4 backs TV Talent North group

An employment initiative in the north of England which brings together independent production companies and freelancers has already attracted more than 3,000 members. TV Talent North is a Facebook group…

Analyst: Scripted content badly hit by Covid delays

Analyst: Scripted content badly hit by Covid delays

Research by Ampere Analysis has revealed that producers of high-end scripted content will face Covid-related delays for far longer than their unscripted counterparts. While producers of new unscripted content –…

SES offers Stockley Park for remote sports production

Satellite operator SES has created a new facility at its Stockley Park premises, in Hayes, West London. SES says that as remote production for sports ramps up around the globe,…

New original commissions from FTA Sky Arts

Sky Arts has announced four new Sky original programme commissions, as it becomes free for everyone to watch. With a renewed focus on bringing more of the arts to more…

Sky increases BAME representation

Sky increases BAME representation

Sky has reported further progress on its diversity targets for original productions in the UK. A new analysis of Sky’s Diamond diversity data confirms that a quarter (25 per cent)…

HBO Max orders comedy series from Waititi

HBO Max, the US direct-to-consumer offering from WarnerMedia, has ordered the period comedy Our Flag Means Death to series. Oscar winner and multi-Emmy Award nominee Taika Waititi (What We Do…

HBO Max orders more Doom Patrol

HBO Max orders more Doom Patrol

HBO Max has ordered a third season of Max Original Doom Patrol. Doom Patrol executive producer, Jeremy Carver, said: “On behalf of the wonderful cast, writers and crew, we are…

Disney+ reboots Doogie Howser

Disney+ has announced that Doogie Kameāloha, MD (working title), a re-imagining of the classic ABC series Doogie Howser, MD has been picked up to series and is scheduled to go…

Netflix to be questioned by MPs

Netflix to be questioned by MPs

MPs will hear from senior executives on Netflix’s role as the leading SVoD service in the UK in an inquiry into the future of public service broadcasting and the impact…

Daleks animated series on YouTube

The Daleks, the infamous enemies of Doctor Who, are getting their own animated series. A five-part CGI animation series will launching in November and be available for fans to watch…

RTL expects strong rebound as production resumes

RTL-owned production giant Fremantle says that out of some 200 of its TV productions that were closed down during the Covid-19 lockdowns, around 80 per cent have restarted or been…

Report: High-end TV series seeing success

Report: High-end TV series seeing success

The production of high-end series is trending upwards, fuelled on the one hand by the investment in TV fiction of the pure SVoD players, chiefly Netflix, but also by a…

Peacock orders Fresh Prince reboot

Peacock orders Fresh Prince reboot

US streaming service Peacock has ordered two seasons of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot. Original lead star Will Smith confirmed the news on his YouTube channel, commenting: “We have…

AdGreen initiative from UK advertising

AdGreen initiative from UK advertising

The Climate Action Working Group, led by UK trade body the Advertising Association in partnership with ISBA and the IPA, has launched AdGreen, an initiative to unite the advertising industry…

Sky Sports kicks off season of sustainability

From the start of the 2020/21 football season, all Premier League and EFL matches shown live on Sky Sports will be certified 3-star albert sustainable productions. The certification is awarded…

ITV launches Studio 55 Ventures

ITV has announced Studio 55 Ventures – a new collaboration with Founders Intelligence that will seek to invest in new business ideas aimed at materially enhancing ITV’s reach amongst 16-34…

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