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  • Sky profits break $2bn


    The pay-TV broadcaster saw profits surge 12% over the last year.
  • BBC Films boss Christine Langan set to step down


    Philomena producer is to join Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions.
  • EU Referendum: Heavyweight film and TV figures back Remain vote


    Working Title, See-Saw, Number 9, Lord Puttnam among signatories of letter arguing to remain in the EU.
  • Vice orders Port Talbot documentary


    Film will focus on the troubled steel town in South Wales.
  • Netflix, Boyega, Hoult, McAvoy join 'Watership Down'


    BBC1’s four-part animated series for producers 42 will also feature Olivia Colman and Ben Kingsley.
  • Sky calm over increased customer churn


    UK broadcaster cited “good trading” across its territories, as it ordered six new high-end drama series.
  • Sky and Sony strike European movie deal


    Deal includes forthcoming titles Ghostbusters and Money Monster.
  • eOne denies ITV takeover bid


    Entertainment One (eOne) has poured cold water on claims that it is a takeover target for UK broadcaster ITV.
  • Vice buys stake in Pulse Films


    Vice Media has acquired a majority stake in The Witch producer Pulse Films.
  • Sony Pictures Television backs Faye Ward's Fable Pictures


    Faye Ward’s indie production outfit is currently producing Laurel & Hardy biopic Stan And Ollie.
  • See-Saw sails into 'North Water' series


    EXCLUSIVE: The King’s Speech producer is developing the period crime drama for television.
  • Sony eyes 'Salt' TV series


    Original 2010 film starred Angelina Jolie as a CIA spy.
  • Lionsgate invests in Kindle Entertainment


    Mad Men producer Lionsgate has acquired a minority stake in Kindle Entertainment.
  • Sophie de Bodisco, senior trade advisor, France


    UKTI’s consumer, creative and digital services team lead in Paris talks scripted formats, the Canal+ regime change and the quest to find a French Borgen
  • Amazon acquires 'Mr Robot' for UK, Germany, Austria


    Amazon has continued its aggressive acquisition of first-run TV shows with the purchase of US hacker drama Mr Robot.
  • TWC acquires Icelandic TV drama 'Trapped'


    Icelandic TV drama Trapped, which has been picked up by the BBC, is set to launch in the US after it was acquired by The Weinstein Company.
  • Toronto: 'Cromo' TV series set for film treatment


    EXCLUSIVE: Argentinean TV drama Cromo, playing in Toronto’s first TV strand, is being developed into a feature film after Pyramide International acquired the sales rights.
  • TIFF looks to channel TV projects from Asia, UK


    EXCLUSIVE: Toronto is looking to expand its television Primetime line-up next year with series from Asia and the UK.
  • AMC signs film deals ahead of UK launch


    Channel launching exclusively for BT’s TV subscribers on Friday with titles including Only God Forgives.
  • UK's Sky forced to postpone Scientology doc


    Sky Atlantic has postponed airing Alex Gibney’s controversial documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, due to British libel laws.
  • TWC set for $1bn TV division sale to ITV


    ITV is in talks to acquire the television division of The Weinstein Company for up to $950m, according to reports.
  • All3Media acquires Sam Mendes' Neal Street


    All3Media has acquired Call The Midwife and Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street Productions.
  • Netflix spend estimated to break $5bn


    Netflix could spend as much as $5bn on content in 2016, according to analysts.
  • BFI: high-end TV spend tops $930m


    More than 80 TV productions with a total spend of more than $900m (£600m) benefited from the UK’s high-end TV tax break in 2014.
  • Government mulls drama tax break change


    Autumn Statement also introduces tax break for live-action kids programming.
  • Scott Free signs Sonar first-look deal


    Scott Free London, the Ridley Scott-backed indie, plans to expand its TV development team after it struck a first-look deal with Sonar Entertainment.
  • Sundance exec named BBC America boss


    BBC America has appointed Sundance TV chief Sarah Barnett as president and general manager, one month after Sundance parent firm AMC Networks acquired a stake in the US cable network.
  • US networks plot film spin-offs


    Major US broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.
  • David Morrissey launches indie


    The Walking Dead star David Morrissey has partnered with a trio of established TV and film producers to launch his own drama and documentary indie.
  • UK TV exports grow 5% to £1.3bn


    MIPCOM: Demand for UK television shows abroad has increased 5% over the past 12 months, fuelled by growing sales in the US and China.
  • eOne restructures London TV sales arm


    The Walking Dead distributor Entertainment One (eOne) has restructured its London-based sales division to merge its TV and film arms.
  • Elisabeth Murdoch set to exit Shine


    Elisabeth Murdoch is to leave Shine Group after the merger between the super-indie she founded in 2001 and Endemol is complete.
  • Endemol strikes deal with Feel Films


    Endemol Worldwide Distribution has struck a development and distribution deal with Feel Films, currently working on feature The Song of Names.
  • BBCW buys stake in Lookout Point


    BBC Worldwide has bought a 35% stake in Simon Vaughan’s production and distribution business Lookout Point.
  • Viacom closes $720m deal for UK's Channel 5


    Viacom has closed its £450m ($720m) acquisition of free-to-air UK broadcaster Channel 5.
  • TWC takes Roald Dahl's Esio Trot for US


    The Weinstein Company has picked up the US rights to Roald Dahl adaptation Esio Trot as it continues to pepper its TV slate with UK shows.
  • Kudos pacts with Honour producer


    Kudos is planning to produce more drama series told from a British Asian perspective after expanding a partnership with Parti Productions.
  • AMC eyes global film channels


    Mad Men broadcaster AMC Networks is eyeing further international acquisitions and is focusing on global independent film channels.
  • Sky completes £5bn Euro merger


    BSkyB has completed a deal to create Sky Europe, bringing together Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland in a multi-billion pound deal.
  • Sundance Channel set for UK


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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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


    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


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


    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


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


    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


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


    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


    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


    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


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


    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


    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


    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


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


    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


    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


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


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


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


    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


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


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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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


    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


    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


    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


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


    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


    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


    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


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