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Digital gurus hail 'most exciting time' for online video

YouTube and Facebook, which between them boast 19 billion daily views worldwide, offer huge online platforms to video content producers but television is also entering the market.

Sky’s new TV service Sky Q includes an online video section, bringing together content from many digital creators, including Barcroft Media, Red Bull Media House and GoPro. And youth brand Vice recently announced that its first European linear TV channel, Viceland, would launch in September.

In Conversation with Sky's Gary Davey

Sky's Managing Director of Content Gary Davey will be in conversation with Managing Director of Sugar Films, Pat Younge.

For the last year Gary Davey has been responsible for Sky’s entertainment, movies and news channels in the UK – as well as overseeing the entire entertainment offering of Sky Deutschland.

Gary’s long career in pay TV has seen him occupy senior roles in Italy, Hong Kong and the USA – as well as a previous stint at Sky. 

Sky to reboot Never Mind The Buzzcocks with new line-up

The new series will have eight 45 minute episodes plus a one-off Christmas special produced by Talkback, the production company responsible for all previous series.

Sky has named comedian Greg Davies (Taskmaster) as the new host, a role held by the likes of Mark Lamarr, Simon Amstell and Rhod Gilbert over the years.

Noel Fielding (The Great British Bake Off) will return to the show as team captain opposite Daisy May Cooper (This Country), while Jamali Maddix (Hate Thy Neighbour) will feature as a regular guest.

Making black lives matter in the TV industry

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When Television approached me to assess the success, or otherwise, of the British TV industry policy announcements related to diversity over the past 12 months, I was going to resort to a standard journalistic approach: pick a few of the big announcements, look at what they promised to deliver and then conveniently conclude by saying something like “...but careers take longer than 12 months to build and systemic racism cannot be dismantled in a year. So, it is still a case of ‘wait and see’.”  

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Rick and Morty - series five

Monday

E4, 10pm

Rick and Morty returns for another series of multiversal escapades.

Creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have confirmed there will be more continuity this series, and that series four’s Space Beth is set to play a major part.

Michelle De Swarte to lead Sister’s comedy horror The Baby

Michelle De Swarte (credit: Leo Cackett)

Written by debut screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace, who has acted as a co-producer on Sex Education, De Swarte will play 38-year old Natasha, the friend who has never made long-term plans and spends her life doing things on her own terms. When she’s suddenly landed with a baby, her solipsistic life dramatically implodes. With controlling, manipulative and violent powers, the baby soon turns Natasha’s life into a living hell.

As Natasha begins to discover the baby’s truly deadly nature, she makes increasingly desperate attempts to escape, but the baby simply won’t let her.

Here's how to watch the Friends reunion in the UK and Ireland

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The reunion will see Friends stars Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer return for a one-off special broadcast looking back at the iconic comedy series.

Hosted by James Corden, the cast will head back to Stage 42, the original soundstage in Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, to share anecdotes, play trivia games and take a trip down memory lane.

Celebrity super fans will make some guest appearances too, including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, Lady Gaga and Reece Witherspoon.

Netflix, Bisha K Ali and Sky launch The Screenwriters’ Fellowship to tackle under-representation in TV

The programme will support six screenwriters from Black, Asian and other racial and ethnic backgrounds by employing them in a Netflix or Sky writers’ room for their first television credit.

Fellows will also receive a bursary and an industry mentor while attending monthly development events and workshops.

K Ali said: “I am thrilled to be working alongside Netflix and Sky to launch our new Screenwriting Fellowship.

Sky announces director line-up for new series of Gangs of London

Colin Hardy, director of four episodes in series one, will return to lead direct and executive produce series two, as well as directing four further episodes. 

Marcela Said (Narcos Mexico) and Nima Nourizadeh (Little America) will direct two episodes each.

Hardy said: “Helping Gareth and the team bring the first series of Gangs of London kicking, screaming and exploding to life was an invigorating high-dive into the world of cinematic television.