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Butler, Sturges join Sky Studios drama team

Sky Studios, Sky’s original programming arm across Europe, has announced two new appointments to its drama team as the Studio targets a significant increase in the investment and scale of Sky Original drama. Making her first appointments since joining Sky Studios earlier this year, Meghan Lyvers, Sky Studios’ Director of Original Drama, UK&I, has announced […]

December 7, 2022

ITV expands Drama team with new hires

ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill has announced that Helen Ziegler will be joining the team as Senior Commissioning Editor. Ziegler starts with ITV Drama commissioning in January 2024, following her maternity leave. Currently Director of Television at award winning Mammoth Screen, Ziegler’s recent Executive Producer credits include Peter Bowker’s World on Fire for BBC […]

November 30, 2022

Drama unveils first UKTV Original scripted commission

UKTV free-to-air channel Drama has revealed its first UKTV Original commission Outrageous (6×60”), produced by Firebird Pictures, and written by Sarah Williams (Small Island, Flesh and Blood, The Long Song). Outrageous is the true story of six sisters who refused to play by the rules and whose often-scandalous lives made headlines around the world. Set […]

November 29, 2022By Colin Mann

Viaplay’s Furia returning for new season

Viaplay will premiere a second season of the Norwegian Viaplay Original ‘Furia’ in 2023. A dark and multi-layered drama that explores the disturbing underworld of right-wing terrorism, ‘Furia’ is created by International Emmy winner Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen (‘Mammon’) and stars Nordic and international talents Ine Marie Wilmann (‘Sonja: The White Swan’), Pål Sverre Hagen (‘Kon-Tiki’) […]

November 4, 2022

UKTV Play unveils rebrand

UKTV, the commercial multichannel broadcaster, has revealed a full rebrand for its free streaming service UKTV Play. After an intensive market research process consulting current users and new target audiences, UKTV Play will relaunch with a renewed digital-first brand direction and a fresh look and feel. “This rebrand marks the beginning of a real step […]

September 28, 2022By Colin Mann

UKTV: Record 2021

Multichannel programmer UKTV enjoyed a year of record growth in 2021, achieving its best-ever SOCI (share of commercial impacts) and network share for its seven channel portfolio – Dave, Drama, Gold, Yesterday, W, Eden and Alibi – and growing views to its on demand service UKTV Play. “UKTV experienced strong growth in 2020 and to […]

January 13, 2022By Colin Mann

UKTV: Record Q1 viewing

Multichannel programmer UKTV has released consolidated viewing figures from the first quarter of the year and announced its highest ever Q1 share of viewing (4.73 per cent) with UKTV Originals continuing to entice viewers. Popular channels Dave, Drama, Gold, Yesterday and Alibi have all experienced growth between January 1 and March 31 as well as […]

April 21, 2021

Airtime-for-equity deal for UKTV Ventures

Multichannel broadcster UKTV – owned by BBC Studios – has invested in luxury watch comparison website start-up TIME-TO-FIND, using its multi-million pound investment fund, UKTV Ventures. The partnership comprises an ‘airtime-for-equity’ agreement which will see TIME-TO-FIND launch its first ever TV advertising campaign on UKTV’s seven channels – Alibi, Dave, Drama, Eden, Gold, W, and […]

March 9, 2021

UKTV increases network share in 2020

Multichannel programmer UKTV has revealed that its both its channels and UKTV Play VoD service saw strong growth for share of commercial impacts (SOCI) and channel viewing thanks to high performing originals underpinned by viewers tuning in to enjoy nostalgic and archive programming, in a year that saw the world in major upheaval. “At the […]

January 13, 2021

UKTV Play app on Huawei AppGallery

Multichannel programmer UKTV is partnering with technology giant Huawei, with the broadcaster’s on demand app UKTV Play now available to download on the Huawei AppGallery, becoming the first TV on-demand service to launch on the platform in the UK, bringing a host of new entertainment options to Huawei users. The app is home to some […]

June 18, 2020