Peter Kay's new North West-based sitcom will be the first to premiere in its entirety on the iPlayer before being broadcast on a BBC TV channel. The six-part sitcom, called Car Share, is Kay's first for BBC One and is part of the BBC's strategy to showcase a wider range of original content on the iPlayer.

Cloud software company iSaaS Technology has been acquired by Quindell Portfolio for £1.34m plus 1% of Quindell group shares. Bolton-based iSaaS, which also has offices in Manchester, Leeds and Bradford, provides 'software as a service' (SaaS) to the UK and International medico-legal services industries.

Manchester-based media distribution service Pressat has formed partnerships with two of the UK’s leading news agencies, the Press Association and Thomson Reuters. Launched three years ago by web agency Atmedia, Pressat allows brands to create and distribute social media news releases to target media.

ITV has completed the first phase of its move to MediaCityUK, during which time 500 staff have relocated from the company's Quay Street premises. Departments including CITV, Factual, Entertainment, News, Drama, The Jeremy Kyle Show and various business support services have all now moved to the 64,000 sq ft Orange Tower, located on the main piazza of MediaCityUK.

Tonight will be the final Granada Reports to be broadcast from its historic Quay Street home in Manchester.
From Monday, it will be coming from ITV’s new base at MediaCityUK.

Katrina Gallagher, the former operations director of PushOn has setup a new internet marketing consultancy in Manchester.
Digitangle is pitched as “bridging the gap between training and agency support services.” It’s offering both consultancy and client side training for SEO, PPC and web analytics.

Being: Liverpool the Fox Sport’s documentary on Liverpool FC has been nominated for an Emmy in the Sports Emmy Award for outstanding editing.

The 6-part series, which aired in the UK on Channel 5 followed the club in the build up to the Premier League season.

Channel 4 has revealed details of two new commissions, Educating Yorkshire and Skint (working title).

Educating Yorkshire from Twofour Broadcast is a follow-up to the Bafta winning, Educating Essex. It will be filmed at Thornhill Community Academy near Dewsbury, where half the pupils come from the local Asian communities.

Driven has been awarded Vimto’s social media account, extending its relationship with the drinks manufacturer.
The Wilmslow agency already handles its advertising business and won the new contract following a competitive pitch.

Google seem quite severely intent on refining their services - following their recent 'spring clean' which saw the termination of Google Reader, the media giant has quietly updated its Policy Change Log regarding advertising regulations, which will have an impact on anyone promoting their business through Google, writes John Kehoe, managing director of Media Agency Group.


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