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Research: US Peak TV ends abruptly

Research published by Ampere Analysis reveals that a combination of strike action and a downturn in the original content boom saw scripted US series releases fall to 481 in 2023. This figure is below the 510 of Covid-hit 2020 and means 2021 and 2022 are the high watermark of 633 – the pinnacle of Peak […]

January 19, 2024By Colin Mann

Omid Djalili launches Tiny Speck Productions

Award-winning comedian and actor, Omid Djalili, has founded Tiny Speck Productions along with his family of creatives. The new production company aims to explore society’s big questions through a hopeful lens, with scripted and unscripted comedy. “I’m thrilled to be announcing the formation of our new company, Tiny Speck Productions. A small but joyful speck […]

January 19, 2024

Channel 4 extends Whisper F1 production deal

Channel 4 has announced that Whisper will continue to produce its Formula 1 coverage through until 2026. The announcement comes after Channel 4 and Sky struck a deal which keeps Formula 1 coverage on free to air television until 2026. The deal with Sky means viewers can watch live coverage of the British GP, qualifying […]

January 18, 2024

Original Tastemade content for Prime Video, Amazon Freevee

Amazon MGM Studios and Tastemade have announced a first-look deal to produce unscripted lifestyle content. As part of the partnership, Amazon MGM Studios and Tastemade will bring 15 new shows to Prime Video and Amazon Freevee audiences over the next few years. Dish It Out will be the first unscripted series on the roster, hosted […]

January 17, 2024

UKTV reports record numbers

Multichannel programmer UKTV has achieved record growth in 2023 for the network and its free streaming service UKTV Play. UKTV’s SOCI (Share of Commercial Impacts) reached 8.81 per cent, the highest ever for the seven channel network. The broadcaster also grew share by 5 per cent to a record 4.92 per cent, up from 4.70 […]

January 16, 2024By Colin Mann

BBC sells Elstree Studios

The BBC is to sell its Elstree studio complex to French insurance company Axa, in a deal worth around £70 million (€81m). Axa Investment Managers, will buy the 16-acre complex near Watford, north-west of London. The BBC will take a 25-year leaseback of part of the facilities and continue to film there. The BBC had […]

January 16, 2024

Sunset+Vine to provide BBC coverage of Indoor Bowls

Sports producer Sunset+Vine has commenced production of the BBC’s World Indoor Bowls coverage for the eighth year. The Sunset+Vine Scotland team will produce more than 50 hours of coverage on BBC One and BBC Two, Red Button and iPlayer across four world championship events. The championships, taking place at the legendary Potters Resort in Hopton-on-Sea […]

January 16, 2024

Apple TV+ orders MLS docuseries

Apple TV+ and Major League Soccer (MLS) have announced an all-access docuseries exploring the unpredictable world of football in North America, produced in partnership with filmmakers Box to Box Films (Apple’s Make or Break, Formula 1: Drive to Survive). The new eight-part, panoramic documentary event, currently in production, offers both fans and new audiences a […]

January 12, 2024

WBD announces first Max Originals in Spain

Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) has announced today the first entertainment formats that will be part of the local content offering that will land on Max in Spain. WBD’s enhanced streaming platform will be available in Spain from spring 2024, and will include a variety of local content including global entertainment hits such as the long-running […]

January 11, 2024

Fitting leads WWE Media & Production

WWE, part of TKO Group Holdings, has announced that media industry veteran Lee Fitting has joined the company as Head of Media & Production. “Lee is a phenomenal leader and executive known for work that generates both critical acclaim and mass appeal,” said WWE President Nick Khan. “Lee will be a tremendous addition to our […]

January 10, 2024