By Patrick Munn | June 26, 2019 - 8:00 am | No Comments
The Cul De Sac is coming to the UK. The BBC has acquired all three seasons of the New Zealand teen sci-fi drama starring Riverdale's K.J. Apa after striking a deal with international distributor Jetpack Distribution. The BBC will make the series available as an exclusive box-set on the iPlayer.
By Patrick Munn | April 9, 2019 - 11:29 am | No Comments
Mere hours after BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a third season, the BBC has picked up the UK rights to the new season. It will air in both a linear slot on BBC One and will be made available as a boxset on BBC Three (via iPlayer). Endeavor Content handles global sales.
By Patrick Munn | March 14, 2019 - 6:00 pm | No Comments
Shirley Garrood is joining the BBC Board as Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. She will take up post in July and will serve a four year team. Garrood replaces Simon Burke, whose term ends on July 3rd.
By Patrick Munn | February 27, 2019 - 11:22 am | No Comments
After launching the streaming service state-side last year, the BBC and ITV have confirmed that they are in advanced talks to launch BritBox on this side of the pond. The announcement that the BBC and ITV are now "working on a formal legal agreement" for the streaming service caps off months of rumours that they were looking to launch a British rival to Netflix and Amazon.
By Patrick Munn | February 1, 2019 - 6:03 pm | No Comments
The licence fee is increasing. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has today issued a Statutory Instrument raising the annual fee from £150.50 to £154.50 from April 1st 2019. The marginal fee increase is to adjust for inflation and was calculated by Government using the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rate of inflation, which is 2.68%.
By Patrick Munn | January 7, 2019 - 1:00 pm | No Comments
The BBC has launched a public consultation on its plans to improve the BBC iPlayer, Per the BBC, they aim to make the VOD service "a destination in its own right, with box sets, live programming and archive titles that champion quality UK content and offer great programmes for longer". Specific proposals include longer windows meaning programmes remain available on the iPlayer for at least 12 months after initial broadcast; making box sets for selected titles available, including said titles' previous seasons; and making more content from the BBC Archive available on iPlayer.
By Patrick Munn | November 16, 2018 - 3:19 pm | No Comments
Derek McLean and Daniel Nettleton's Argonon backed production company Bandicoot has secured a two season order from BBC Scotland for Test Drive, a car-based game-show fronted by Scottish wrestler Grado. Both seasons will consist of eight episodes. The series sees three teams of two go on a road trip through some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes en route to a mystery destination – with the Satnav asking the questions and their answers dictating whether they take the short route or the long way round.
By Patrick Munn | October 31, 2018 - 2:47 pm | No Comments
To borrow from former U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden: "this is a big f***ing deal". In what is undoubtedly the BBC's biggest move in U.S. scripted acquisitions in years, they have inked a content partnership (effectively an output deal) with FX Networks that will make the Beeb the UK home to all future FX original comedy and drama series.