Extra: PBS Living heads to Amazon; BBC board adds Shirley Garrood

PBS Distribution launches PBS Living on Amazon Prime PBS Distribution, U.S. pubcaster PBS’ distribution arm, has launched PBS Living, a streaming service focused on lifestyle content, available through Amazon Prime Video ...
March 15, 2019

PBS Distribution launches PBS Living on Amazon Prime

PBS Distribution, U.S. pubcaster PBS’ distribution arm, has launched PBS Living, a streaming service focused on lifestyle content, available through Amazon Prime Video Channels.

The service, which rolled out Thursday (March 14), includes classic series like The French Chef, This Old House and Antiques Roadshow alongside newer programs like No Passport Required and Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street.

Additionally, the service at launch includes episodes of A Chef’s Life, Art in the Twenty-First Century, Ask This Old House, Cook’s Country, Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking, Simply Ming, Travel Detective, Weekends with Yankee and more.

New content will be added each month.

PBS Living is now available for US$2.99 per month on Amazon Prime Video Channels after a seven-day free trial.

Shirley Garrood to join the BBC board as a non-executive director

UK pubcaster the BBC has appointed Shirley Garrood as non-executive director on its board, and as chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Garrood (pictured) will replace Simon Burke, who assumed the role in 2011 as non-executive director and was upped to independent director in 2017. Burke’s term ends July 3.

Garrood is currently senior independent director, deputy chair and chair of the Audit Committee at esure Group plc, and senior independent director and chair of the Risk Committee at Hargreaves Lansdown plc, the  Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) 100 financial services business.

From 2009 to 2013, she was chief financial officer of Henderson Group plc, a FTSE 250 investment management company.

As chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, she will work to review and maintain oversight of the BBC’s corporate governance, particularly with respect to financial reporting, internal control and risk management.

Garrood was appointed to the BBC board following a recommendation by the BBC’s nominations committee.

She joins the board in July for a four-year term.

NHK to produce Secret Life Of 4 Year Olds

Banijay Rights, a distribution arm of Banijay Group, has sold the rights to RDF Television’s The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds to Japanese pubcaster NHK Enterprises.

The deal was completed by Banijay Rights sales manager Samia Moktar.

The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds follows 10 four-year-old children meeting for the first time at nursery and interacting while documented in intimate detail, to help viewers better understand childhood development.

The original UK version was produced for Channel 4 by RDF and ran for six seasons. Special spin-offs were produced, including The Secret Life of Brothers and Sisters and The Secret Life of 5 and 6 Year Olds.

Local versions of The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds have been produced in France, Spain, Netherlands, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Belgium and Denmark. The UK version has sold globally in various markets.

The Japanese version will launch on NHK’s “General Channel” on Saturday (March 16), in a primetime slot.

Italy reups on X Factor, Italia’s Got Talent

Italian broadcaster Sky Italia has signed a four-year deal extension with Fremantle Italy and Syco Entertainment to remain the exclusive home of The X Factor, and a two-year extension for Italia’s Got Talent.

The X Factor debuted on Sky in 2011, with Italy as the only country offering the series on pay-TV. The Italian version has added a few unique touches to the format, including The X Factor on the Road, a trip around Italy seeking new voices and talent; The X Factor Daily, a daily show which features the contestants preparing for their weekly live performances; and The Strafactor, a talent show within a talent show that discovers the most extravagant “pop icons”.

The first Sky-branded edition of Italia’s Got Talent debuted on Sky Uno in March of 2015 and has aired on TV8 since 2016.

Italia’s Got Talent showcases extraordinary talent, from people of all ages and disciplines across Italy.

The new season of The X Factor launches on Sky Uno in September, and Italia’s Got Talent currently airs on TV8, with the current season concluding with its live finale on March 22.

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