UKTV Commissions Tony Jordan’s ‘Legion’ As First Original Drama Series

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 3:35am PDT

UKTV is the broadcast joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive. It recently ordered its first original sitcom You, Me & Them, starring Buffy The Vampire Slayer‘s Anthony Head, and today says it’s moving into … Read More »

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UKTV Launches Drama Channel With Giant Lake Statue Of Colin Firth As Mr. Darcy

Britons recently voted a scene from the 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice as the most memorable TV moment of all time. Therein, Colin Firth‘s Mr. Darcy takes a dip in a lake and then, dripping wet and under-dressed, runs into Jennifer Ehle’s Elizabeth Bennett. In honor of UKTV‘s new Drama channel, the media company has erected a 12-foot statue of Darcy in Hyde Park’s Serpentine lake. The sculptor says Firth’s Darcy was a starting point, but that notes were used from others who’ve portrayed him including Matthew Macfadyen and Laurence Olivier. Still, the end result bears a striking resemblance to the King’s Speech Oscar winner. The statue will eventually settle at Lyme Park in Cheshire, the scene of the Pemberley manor in Pride And Prejudice. The BBC is adapting Death Comes To Pemberley, based on the suspense novel by P.D. James that pays homage to Jane Austen’s iconic characters. Matthew Rhys is playing Darcy. At the time the three-part serial was announced, Rhys said his Darcy would be different from the ones who have gone before, “And also, I don’t have to appear from a lake in a white shirt and breeches.” Video of the original scene is on the next page: Read More »

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‘Do No Harm’ To Air On UKTV; Net Acquires Multiple Series From NBCU International

By | Thursday December 13, 2012 @ 2:01am PST

UKTV, the British commercial network co-owned by BBC Worldwide and Scripps Network Interactive, has acquired upcoming midseason drama Do No Harm as part of a content deal with NBCU International Television Distribution. Do No Harm, a … Read More »

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Miramax Enters Deal With UKTV; Bulks Up Global Sales Team

By | Thursday March 29, 2012 @ 2:47am PDT

Miramax has announced a licensing pact with UKTV which will make Miramax films available on the British broadcaster’s pay and DTT channels. Futher, the studio has made a handful of new staffing appointments ahead of the Mip-TV market that kicks off in Cannes next week. Former MGM exec Mathilde Rottier has been named VP worldwide television with Stuart Shaw joining from Paramount Home Entertainment as director of international sales and marketing. Also, Astrid De Berardinis and Alexandra Tullberg have been appointed directors of sales. Press releases follow: Read More »

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Scripps Acquires Virgin’s Stake In UKTV

By | Monday August 15, 2011 @ 6:18pm PDT

Scripps Networks Interactive and Virgin Media announced the agreement today. UKTV is one of Britain’s leading multichannel TV programming companies. Scripps Networks will pay about $390M to purchase Virgin Media’s 50% common equity interest in the UKTV partnership and … Read More »

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ITV To Go Behind Pay-Wall For First Time

By | Monday August 2, 2010 @ 4:37am PDT

The UK’s biggest private broadcaster is expected to announce that it’s taking high-definition versions of spin-off digital channels behind Sky’s pay-wall. Although audiences for HD versions of ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 are small, CEO Adam Crozier is planting a flag for the future. Eventually all TV channels will be high-definition, … Read More »

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