Davie Brown Entertainment, which has offices in Los Angeles, Dallas and New York is on the verge of signing a major talent deal in China, managed through its office in Manchester.

The US public service broadcaster, PBS, is to hold two briefing sessions in the UK, as it seeks to meet UK indies and producers, in an attempt to raise the level of content it commissions from the UK.

First Radio Sales, the sales house jointly owned by the media companies UTV Media and UKRD, has restructured its regional operations with some job losses and responsibilities moving to London.

Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick Entertainment (CHFE), the company behind the reborn animation company Cosgrove Hall, has appointed the veteran actor Sir David Jason to its board as it continues to seek up to £2m in equity finance to develop new productions.

Relish Research, with offices in London and Leeds, has promoted Richard brown, head of its Leeds operation, to the position of research director. has appointed Clare Francis to the new post of editor-in-chief. Francis was previously head of content at the financial services price comparison website, which has its head office in Chester.

Marketing communications agency The Raft has rebranded to form part of Cirrus following the companies’ merger last year. The process of integration has been taking place since the merger in May, with both now sharing one office and The Raft beginning to work more closely with Cirrus clients such as Shop Direct Group and National Nuclear Laboratory.

Marketing Manchester is on the hunt for a new chairman. Its current chairman, Nick Johnson, has completed a seven-year spell and will hand over responsibility for the chairmanship this summer.

Market research agency Join the Dots has added Andy Cumming and Sally Lewis to its senior team. Cumming joins the Manchester-based company as research director, where he will be focusing on servicing client accounts and mentoring junior staff.

The business and features desks at the Manchester Evening News are set to go in Trinity Mirror's restructure, Prolific North understands. Long-standing business journalists Kevin Feddy and Simon Donohue have been made redundant as part of the process and could leave the company as early as the end of this month.


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