Global Showbiz Briefs: New Vision For BBC Worldwide’s Future; UK Culture Secretary Meets With U.S. Execs; More

By | Friday October 18, 2013 @ 10:00pm PDT

CEO Tim Davie Reveals Vision For Future Of BBC Worldwide
In an address to employees, BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie today unveiled a new vision to build the BBC’s brands, audiences and commercial returns around the globe. It includes a £200M investment in premium content, the launch of three new core consumer brands propositions – spanning the genres of premium factual, factual entertainment and drama — and a greater focus on digital innovation to extend the company’s reach and routes to market. “BBC Worldwide has a good track record of taking British content to the world, benefiting international audiences, license fee payers and the wider industry alike,” he said. “But the time has come for a step-change, reflecting the rapid development in our markets.”

UK Culture Secretary Spends The Week Meeting With U.S. Showbiz Execs
During a visit to the U.S. this week, UK Culture Secretary Maria Miller met with senior executives at Disney, Warner Bros and other showbiz companies to discuss collaboration and hear suggestions on how UK filming conditions could be made more attractive to American productions. She also sought reaction to the UK’s recent extension of tax credits and talked with HBO about its Game of Thrones production model and with Lucasfilm about its plan to shoot the new Star Wars film in the UK and whether there could be other ways to help support the local film industry.  Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Encores Win Night, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ & Whodunnit?’ Up, ‘Crossing Lines Hits New Low

By | Monday July 15, 2013 @ 9:35am PDT

Starting off with a “Viewer discretion” advisory, last night’s Big Brother (1.7/5) was full of milk-related challenges and the usual intrigue. It also had some changes unrelated to its content. Running from 8:30 to 9:30 PM last night, the veteran reality show was out of its regular slot due to overruns earlier in the night pushing CBS’s Sunday schedule off by around half an hour. Leaving the ratings a mess, the start of the network’s primetime line-up was pushed back about 20 minutes in the Central and East Coast time zones late night because the John Deere Classic Final golf tournament cut into the 60 Minutes encore that was supposed to start at 7 PM. As they stand, the melded fast nationals have BB as the highest rated show of the night and the most watched with 5.39 million viewers. Everything else on CBS except BB was encores on Sunday

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ & ‘Whodunnit’ Down, ‘Crossing Lines’ Even, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Hits Low

By | Monday July 1, 2013 @ 8:50am PDT

The Sunday debut of this season’s Big Brother (1.7/6) saw the veteran reality show fall double digits from both last year’s Sunday debut and from the show’s Season 15 premiere on June 26. Last night’s … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Whodunnit’ Debuts So-So, ‘Crossing Lines’ Opens Low

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 9:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Last night featured three premieres, but to put things in perspective, let’s start off by saying that a repeat of Family Guy on Fox (1.5/4) was the No. 1 program of the night among adults 18-49. An American Read More »

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NBC Sets More Summer Premiere Dates

By | Thursday April 25, 2013 @ 2:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has set a few more pieces in its summer schedule puzzle, slotting new unscripted series The Winner Is … and Hollywood Game Night and acquired drama Crossing Lines. The Nick Lachey-hosted The Winner Is …, Read More »

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NBC Acquires Drama Series ‘Crossing Lines’ For Summer

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 10:50am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has picked up U.S. TV rights to the one-hour action-crime series Crossing Lines, from German producer Tandem Communications (The Pillars Of The Earth) and Ed Bernero’s Bernero Prods. The 10-episode series will air this summer. Created, developed and executive produced by former Criminal Minds showrunner Bernero and Tandem president Rola Bauer, Crossing Lines taps into the charter of the International Criminal Court to investigate serialized cross-border crimes and to hunt down global criminals. It stars William Fichtner, Donald Sutherland, Marc Lavoine, Gabriella Pession, Tom Wlaschiha, Moon Dailly and Richard Flood. “We’re making scripted projects a priority for our summer lineup, and this is a great fit,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. The series is a co-production with TF1 Production/TF1 Network and commissioned by Sony Pictures TV Networks. It also has been acquired by Germany’s SAT.1 and Italian public broadcaster RAI. Read More »

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