Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): BBC, Cabot Communications, CBS Interactive

--BBC Says Interactive Online/Red-Button Spin-Off Show, "Becoming Human," Proving Popular
--DVB Middleware Company, Cabot, Seeks to Bolster its Software Testing Expertise via New Hire
--CBS Interactive's General Manager of Entertainment, Anthony Soohoo, Steps Down

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Once again, we anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us.

  • The BBC has announced that "Becoming Human," an interactive spin-off of its drama series, "Being Human," that is being made available online and via its Red Button interactive TV platform, is BBC Three's "most successful multiplatform commission" to date, having generated over 1.5 million views so far. A 50-minute omnibus special of the eight-part online/red-button series is slated to air on BBC Three on March 20th (i.e. the week after the "Being Human" finale). "The reaction from the fans has been brilliant," BBC multiplatform drama commissioner, Sarah Clay, said in a prepared statement. "We commissioned it as a treat for the online fans and they've totally got into the spirit of it--analyzing daily clues, coming up with theories...One of the biggest pieces of feedback we've had is that they can't get enough of it and want longer episodes. So we hope they'll be excited to hear that the whole of 'Becoming Human' will be shown as one long episode on BBC Three. With the added twist that the final part of the puzzle showing how Matt died will be revealed on TV and online at the same time."
  • DVB middleware provider, Cabot Communications, has appointed Richard Carlton as head of testing services, in what it bills as a move to significantly bolster its software testing expertise. "Richard joins the company as it looks to consolidate its industry-leading position and satisfy a growing demand from the consumer electronics industry for more streamlined TV testing solutions," Cabot states in its press materials. "In addition to his strategic and managerial responsibilities, Richard is responsible for developing a suite of automated testing products and services. Richard brings with him a demonstrable track record, joining Cabot from leading entertainment and communications company, Virgin Media, where he was systems integration manager, responsible for delivering the testing and integration of the consumer and business product roadmap. Prior to that, Richard held positions as test manager, project manager and service engineer supervisor at Telewest and NTL, before their subsequent merger with Virgin Media."
  • CBS Interactive's SVP and general manager of entertainment, Anthony Soohoo, is stepping down, All Things Digital's Peter Kafka reported Wednesday. News of his resignation comes on the heels of CBS Interactive's acquisition of social-TV/content discovery company, Clicker Media, and its appointment of Clicker CEO, Jim Lanzone, as its president (see the article published on, March 8th)--though in an email to his colleagues, Soohoo stressed that his decision to step down was made prior to Lanzone's appointment.
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