BBC and PBS team for ‘unsolved stories’
The BBC and PBS are co-producing a four-part series in which historian Lucy Worsley will attempt to shed light on some of the greatest unsolved mysteries in British history. Unsolved Stories with Lucy Worsley (working title) will ask questions, including, who killed the princes in the tower in 1483? What really caused the Black Death? Why did a craze for witches sweep through 16th century Britain? BBC Studios is producing the series with Julia Harrington, executive producer. Unresolved stories was commissioned by Patrick Holland and Abigail Priddle, while Bill Gardner oversees PBS.
EXCLUSIVE: Graham Norton’s novel is destined for the United States
A British talk show hosts Graham Norton’s third novel, Home Stretch, is scheduled to be released in the United States by the HarperCollins label HarperVia on June 22. The Sunday Times bestseller tells the story of a tragedy in a small Irish town that reverberates throughout the lives of those involved and how shame and longing can become a legacy. Editor-in-chief Rakesh Satyal acquired the US rights with audio from Rebecca Folland from Hodder & Stoughton.
ViacomCBS UK Supercharges Streaming
ViacomCBS Networks UK has launched a new growth and partnership division with the aim of increasing streaming revenue through services such as My5 and Pluto TV. The unit will be led by Dan Fahy, who has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Head of Emerging Business. Fahy will report to Sarah Rose, who will take on an expanded role as Director of Operations and Commerce, reporting to Maria Kyriacou, President, ViacomCBS UK & Australia. Additionally, ViacomCBS Networks UK has hired Ashley Sennik from Sky’s Now TV as Vice President, Growth, UK Streaming. Akhila Khanna has been promoted to Vice President, Partner Engagement and Business Development.