Danny Cohen

Access Entertainment buys Packer out of RatPac

Access Entertainment has bought James Packer out of PatPac Entertainment, the US production company the latter founded with Brett Ratner. The deal hands the media arm of Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries Packer’s stake in the RatPac business and a “major piece” of the RatPac-Dune Entertainment venture that co-finances Warner Bros. Pictures films. Access Entertainment president […]

BBC TV boss Danny Cohen to step down

BBC director of television Danny Cohen is leaving the BBC for a “new leadership challenge”. He will leave the BBC at the end of November, with Mark Linsey, controller of entertainment commissioning, taking on his duties in the interim as a successor is sought. Cohen joined the UK’s public broadcaster in 2007 as controller of […]

BBC ‘not throwing away’ BBC Three, says Cohen

BBC director of television, Danny Cohen, has claimed that after years of building up BBC Three the corporation is “not throwing that away” by taking it online only.  In an open letter to Jon Thoday and Jimmy Mulville, who have staged a public attempt to take over the youth-skewing network through their production companies Avalon and […]

BBC to save £50 million by ‘reinventing’ BBC Three

The BBC’s plan to “reinvent” youth-skewing network BBC Three as an online-only channel will generate savings of £50 million and allow the corporation to experiment with new content, the BBC has said. Outlining its first detailed proposals for taking BBC Three online, the BBC said that with the change it will be able to develop […]

BBC TV director calls for protection against further cuts

BBC director of television Danny Cohen has called for the corporation to be spared from further cuts, claiming it would be “crazy to damage, undermine or deflate” the broadcaster. Speaking at an event yesterday to unveil BBC Television’s Christmas schedule, Cohen described the BBC as “one of the most important institutions in the United Kingdom” […]

Cohen: budgets may threaten BBC Four future

The BBC’s director of television has warned arts channel BBC Four could go the same way as younger-skewing BBC Three if budgets continue to tighten. Yesterday morning, the British pubcaster confirmed rumours it would shutter BBC Three in autumn 2015 following a series of cost-saving measures. Hours later, Danny Cohen admitted BBC Four was also […]

BBC to appoint iPlayer controller

BBC director of television Danny Cohen is set to hire a controller of iPlayer, in a bid to establish the BBC’s online catch-up service as a “fifth channel.” Announcing the newly created role at a Royal Television Society event last night, Cohen said he wanted to position the iPlayer in a similar way to the […]

BBC Four controller role axed

The BBC’s director of television Danny Cohen has scrapped the BBC Four controller that Richard Klein occupied before exiting for ITV. Speculation Cohen would axe the role has been mounting since Klein’s departure and the BBC today confirmed BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow would take control of arts and culture-skewed Four. A new role of […]

BBC1 names acting controller

Danny Cohen has named Charlotte Moore as acting controller of BBC One, filling the role he will vacate to become BBC director of television. Cohen notified staff of the interim appointment in an email this morning. He starts in his new role on May 7 and Moore will fill in thereafter. Moore has been at […]