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  • Sundance Channel set for UK

    16-Apr-2014

    The global arm of AMC Networks is readying plans to launch the Sundance Channel in the UK.
  • Discovery on brink of Channel 5 deal

    15-Apr-2014

    Discovery Communications and BSkyB are poised to announce a £350m deal to acquire UK broadcaster Channel 5 from Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell, according to Screen’s sister publication Broadcast.
  • UK firms may gain from quiet MipTV

    10-Apr-2014

    A relatively quiet MipTV was good news for British producers and distributors, who took advantage of a noticeable lack of Americans to strike deals.
  • Northern Ireland unveils $70m fund

    31-Mar-2014

    Northern Ireland is hoping to tempt more Game of Thrones-style high-end TV and film productions to the country as part of a new four-year £43m ($71.5m) plan.
  • Facebook VoD platform wins funding

    20-Mar-2014

    Facebook VoD firm Screenburn has secured $500,000 of investment and hired Zodiak Rights boss Steve Macallister to its board.
  • UK PM commits to TV tax break

    7-Mar-2014

    Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to continue to back high-end film and TV tax credit breaks, claiming that they are “working so well”.
  • Canadians eye UK kids co-pros

    24-Feb-2014

    A delegation of Canadian animators has arrived in the UK to secure commissions and tap up kids indies for coproduction deals.
  • ITV buys stake in US indie DiGa

    19-Feb-2014

    Fourth US indie deal in 18 months
  • White Queen sequel gathers pace

    13-Jan-2014

    US cable network Starz is moving forward with The White Princess, the sequel to its BBC co-production The White Queen, and has begun working with writer Emma Frost on new scripts.
  • StudioCanal buys Red stake

    5-Dec-2013

    French film producer and distributor StudioCanal has acquired a majority stake in Red Production Company as part of its drive to move into UK TV production.
  • Sky Store opens up to non-subscribers

    4-Dec-2013

    Sky is opening up its online film rental service Sky Store to allow access for non-subscribers for the first time.
  • BBC making Laurel and Hardy biopic

    3-Dec-2013

    BBC has ordered a biopic of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy produced by the BBC’s comedy arm and Harvey Weinstein’s US indie.
  • Halle Berry producing History miniseries

    3-Dec-2013

    US cable network History is developing Hannibal, a miniseries produced by Red Arrow Entertainment and Monster’s Ball star Halle Berry.
  • Diversify: Call for racial quotas

    14-Nov-2013

    Television and film stars including Lenny Henry and Kwame Kwei-Armah have called for broadcasters to implement quotas to increase racial diversity on UK screens.
  • HBO developing Nesbø’s Headhunters

    7-Nov-2013

    Cable network HBO is developing a series based on Jo Nesbø’s Headhunters with Zodiak Media-owned producer Yellow Bird Entertainment.
  • Netflix orders five Marvel series

    7-Nov-2013

    Netflix has commissioned five series, including an adaptation of Daredevil from Marvel Television.
  • Hulu preps 20 original series

    4-Nov-2013

    US online video service Hulu plans to launch 20 original titles next year with the UK firmly in its sights as a primary source for content. 
  • AMC acquires Chellomedia for $1bn

    28-Oct-2013

    US cable group AMC Networks has acquired Chellomedia, the European content arm of Liberty Global, for $1 billion.
  • Netflix to begin ordering movies

    22-Oct-2013

    Online streaming service Netflix is moving into the movie production business as it plans to order a raft of original feature films.
  • Xbox orders first unscripted series

    16-Oct-2013

    Microsoft has commissioned a football-themed series as the first unscripted series to stream via its Xbox games console.
  • Netflix orders thriller from Sony

    15-Oct-2013

    Netflix has commissioned its first original series from a major Hollywood studio, a Sony-produced psychological thriller from the team behind legal drama Damages.
  • BT strikes Sky Movies deal

    14-Oct-2013

    11 Sky Movies channels to be available on BT TV.
  • Relativity talks scripted TV plans

    10-Oct-2013

    US film producer Relativity is to use data gathered from its hit films, such as Mirror Mirror and Shark Night 3D, to move into scripted TV, in what chief executive Ryan Kavanaugh described as a “Moneyball approach to creating television”.
  • China boon for UK TV content

    7-Oct-2013

    China was the biggest growth market for UK programming last year with revenues up 90%, according to new research by UKTI and Pact.
  • Discovery partners with NFTS

    4-Oct-2013

    Discovery Networks International has partnered with the UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) to launch a factual development and production course to find the generation of producers.
  • Relativity hires BBC Worldwide exec

    24-Sep-2013

    Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media has hired former BBC Worldwide executive Matthew Vafiadis to boost its nascent television business.
  • Sky boards Mendes' Penny Dreadful

    16-Sep-2013

    Sky Atlantic has boarded Showtime’s horror drama Penny Dreadful, which is being produced by Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions.
  • Lionsgate plans UK TV push

    12-Sep-2013

    Mad Men producer Lionsgate is to expand its TV production business into the UK as part of a wider international push.
  • ABC boss eyes UK for co-pros

    11-Sep-2013

    US network ABC chief Paul Lee is keen to kick off talks with UK talent and producers to commission more international coproductions. 
  • Syfy pilots 12 Monkeys TV series

    27-Aug-2013

    US cable network Syfy has ordered a TV remake of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 feature film 12 Monkeys. 
  • Channel 4 nabs Avengers spin-off

    22-Aug-2013

    UK broadcaster Channel 4 has acquired high profile US superhero series Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. after a fierce bidding war.
  • Netflix moves into local commissioning

    8-Aug-2013

    Netflix is moving to produce lower-cost local programming internationally for the first time and has commissioned its first major project outside of the US.
  • UK's Bonafide strikes deal with ZDF

    6-Aug-2013

    Talking to the Dead-producer Bonafide Films has struck a development deal with German distributor ZDF Enterprises.
  • BBC to adapt The Great Escape

    1-Aug-2013

    The BBC is developing a TV series based on iconic Steve McQueen film The Great Escape.
  • Netflix plans original docs push

    23-Jul-2013

    Netflix is to begin ordering documentaries as part of its programming drive.
  • Mea Maxima Culpa sold by Content

    22-Jul-2013

    Alex Gibney’s doc Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God has been sold to a raft of international broadcasters by Content Media.
  • Sky confirms 3D commitment

    9-Jul-2013

    BSkyB affirms commitment to 3D programming in wake of BBC deciding to ditch the technology.
  • Vice hunts young directors

    18-Jun-2013

    Vice Media is looking for new directors to work with on its tranche of original UK productions.
  • Ex-Aardman exec opens digital studio

    18-Jun-2013

    Former Aardman Animations TV boss Miles Bullough has launched digital studio Wildseed Studios with a fund of $785,000 (£500,000) to invest in multiplatform ideas.
  • Netflix strikes Dreamworks deal

    17-Jun-2013

    Netflix has struck a landmark deal with Dreamworks Animation that will see it stream more than 300 hours of exclusive original programming from the Shrek and Kung Fu Panda producer.
  • Amazon strikes global Viacom deal

    5-Jun-2013

    Amazon has struck a global deal with Viacom that will see a raft of MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central series distributed via its Lovefilm streaming service.
  • Far Moor opens US division

    30-Apr-2013

    TV financier and indie producer Far Moor has opened an office in LA and hired industry veteran Louisa Spring as part of its expansion into the US.
  • Netflix to stream up to 20 originals

    24-Apr-2013

    Netflix could launch up to 20 original commissions in the next couple of years, according to Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings.
  • Warp strikes ITVS first-look deal

    15-Apr-2013

    This Is England producer Warp Films is to ramp up its move into TV production after striking a first-look deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
  • Tax breaks dominate MIPTV talks

    11-Apr-2013

    It was equal parts sunshine and rain in Cannes for MipTV, which summed up perfectly the mood of the market.
  • Sky backs Warp heist drama

    4-Apr-2013

    Sky Atlantic has boarded edgy heist drama The Panthers, a co-production with premium French broadcaster Canal+ and indie Warp Films.
  • Netflix orders series from Matrix creators

    28-Mar-2013

    Netflix has commissioned a sci-fi drama that will see The Matrix creators Andy and Lana Wachowski team with Babylon5 creator Joe Michael Straczynski.
  • Sundance Channel orders The Descendants

    12-Mar-2013

    US cable network Sundance Channel has commissioned six-part series The Descendants as its third ever drama.
  • NBCU eyeing more UK indies

    7-Mar-2013

    NBC Universal wants to further expand its international production division in the UK, Australia and Canada as part of the next stage of the company’s growth plans.
  • Dogwoof to launch TV sales push

    7-Mar-2013

    Film distributor Dogwoof is moving aggressively into international television sales for the first time, with plans to launch a number of feature-length documentaries at MipTV.
  • eOne signs Eleven Film deal

    21-Feb-2013

    Canadian producer and distributor Entertainment One (eOne) is planning an aggressive UK push after striking a first-look deal with UK indie Eleven Film.
  • HBO working with The Killing creator

    20-Feb-2013

    HBO sister channel Cinemax is developing a dark crime thriller from the original creator of The Killing, Søren Sveistrup.
  • Sky strikes Sony movie deal

    31-Jan-2013

    Sky has struck a major movie deal with Sony Pictures Television and acquired a raft of key rugby rights as its pay TV platform recorded stable growth in its latest results.
  • Sky switches on mobile downloads

    22-Jan-2013

    Sky is beefing up its IPTV service Sky Go to allow subscribers to download shows from Sky 1 and Sky Atlantic to view offline without internet access.
  • Sky orders Ian Fleming biopic

    17-Jan-2013

    Sky has ordered 10 major dramas across its channels, including a four-part Ian Fleming biopic for Sky Atlantic and talent-led Sky Arts projects starring the likes of Vanessa Redgrave and Kylie Minogue, and created by Idris Elba, Matt Smith and Grayson Perry.
  • Showtime orders Sam Mendes horror drama

    14-Jan-2013

    US cable network Showtime has ordered a horror series from Skyfall director Sam Mendes and Call The Midwife producer Neal Street Productions. 

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