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Sky1 commissions more original content

Sky1 has commissioned a new eight-part drama set in a London fire station from the company behind Hustle and Life on Mars. It was one of two new dramas for…

Abu Dhabi TV production incentive scheme

twofour54, the media & creative industries hub and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission (part of twofour54), have launched the region’s first incentive scheme as it looks to accelerate Abu Dhabi…

Original comedy, kids programming from Amazon

Amazon.com has confirmed that Amazon Studios is expanding its development efforts into comedy and children’s series. Amazon Studios is Amazon’s content development division that uses audience feedback to identify original…

FilmOn.TV launches live Internet TV Studio

The live streaming Internet website, FilmOn.TV, has launched its first television studio and is now streaming live shows, multiple times a day. FilmOn.TV Studios will create original content every day;…

ESPN offers all-day FA Cup Final

ESPN offers all-day FA Cup Final

In an affectionate nod to how English football’s showcase match used to be presented by terrestrial broadcasters the BBC and ITV, pay-TV operator ESPN is to bring fans the 2012…

BBC to ramp up 3DTV output

The BBC is planning a considerable increase in its 3DTV output. An – as yet – unnamed drama shot in 3D is being planned. This could refer to the widely…

India’s Reliance puts extra $200m into Dreamworks

Indian telco and broadcasting giant Reliance is promising another US$200 million in Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks studio. Reliance invested $325 million back in 2009. The cash helped finance movies such as…

Sky boost British films investment

Sky has announced its intention to build on its significant commitment to original British content with a major new investment in feature-length British films for television. The investment has two…

‘Augmented reality’ TV

Following on from the launch of its smart TV and mobile applications, as well as growing global distribution of its HDTV channel, Swiss-based iConcerts has finalised a deal with UK…

A+E 3D for BSkyB

A+E Networks has reached an agreement to license three new 3D titles to UK satcaster BSkyB. The three specials are, Titanic: 100 Years in 3D, History of the World in…

UK tax credit for TV drama

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a  tax credit scheme for TV production and animation firms is to be introduced, in a bid to keep creative talent in Britain. Osborne said…

Filmmaker Puttnam: “We need pan-Euro licensing and more enforcement”

Filmmaker Puttnam: “We need pan-Euro licensing and more enforcement”

Lord David Puttnam, President of the UK’s Film Distributors’ Association (FDA), has stressed the importance of continued support and public investment in UK film distribution during this Olympic year and…

Hulu secures FremantleMedia global first look deal

Marking the first time an international distributor has signed a first look deal with an online video service, FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), a leading creator and producer of entertainment brands, and…

C4 to boost programme spend by £50m

Channel 4 is to boost its programming budget by about £50 million (€60m) in 2012, as the broadcaster struggles to address a fall of almost 10 per cent in viewing…

Five to launch production arm

Five to launch production arm

Richard Desmond’s Channel 5 is to launch its own in-house production division. The new department, called Channel 5 Productions, will be the first time in the broadcaster’s 15 year history…

Endemol settles debt restructure

Endemol has reached an agreement with a “significant majority” of its lenders, bringing to an end more than a year of talks to restructure its €2.8 billion debt. The TV…