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Exclusive Interview: ITV’s Adam Crozier

PREMIUM: Adam Crozier, the chief executive of ITV plc, tells World Screen about the success of the Transformation Plan, ITV Studios’ role in the British broadcaster’s turnaround and the outlook for the advertising market in the year ahead. WS: Shortly after you became chief executive you presented your Transformation Plan ...

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ITV Purchases Graham Norton’s So Television

LONDON: The indie production outfit So Television, behind hit comedy programming such as The Graham Norton Show, has been acquired by ITV. ITV will pay £10 million with a further cash payment contingent on So Television’s profit performance to July 31, 2016. The max. consideration is £17 million. Graham Norton ...

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Sony Buys into Left Bank Pictures

LONDON: In a move that bolsters its scripted production efforts in the U.K., Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has purchased a majority stake in Left Bank Pictures. SPT will distribute future finished TV programs and formats from the Left Bank catalogue and also has a first-look distribution option on feature films ...

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BBC Two Commissions Slew of New Programs

LONDON: There have been a wealth of new commissions made across drama, comedy and factual genres at BBC Two, which is also planning a year-long celebration of British inventions. In the way of drama, the channel has ordered Wolf Hall, a six-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and ...

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Channel 4 Reveals Fall Highlights

LONDON: Among the shows that Channel 4 has lined up for its fall programming roster are the drama The Fear and the brand-new factual series 999: What’s Your Emergency? Other factual series for Channel 4 include Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial (working title); Guy Martin: Building Britain; The Aristocracy (working ...

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Syfy Takes U.K. Rights for Canadian Thriller Continuum

LONDON: Syfy has picked up the exclusive British broadcasting rights for the futuristic thriller Continuum, which debuted on Showcase in Canada. Sold by GK-tv, Continuum stars Rachel Nichols (Criminal Minds, Alias) as a cop from the future who finds herself trapped in present day. She is desperate to get back ...

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BBC Gets New Controller of Comedy Commissioning

LONDON: The BBC has hired Shane Allen, who has been serving as the head of comedy at Channel 4, for the post of controller of comedy commissioning. At Channel 4, Allen’s commissions have included Black Mirror, Derek, Facejacker, Friday Night Dinner, Comic Strip Presents: The Hunt for Tony Blair and others. ...

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