Factual


BBC Studios reaches “new dawn” after Discovery wildlife commission

Discovery Channel has commissioned natural history series The Red List from BBC Studios, marking a “a new dawn” for the UK’s pubcaster. The order is first BBC Studios, the production arm of the BBC, has ever received outside of the BBC channels. BBC Studios has been a commercial entity with the greenlight to produce for […]

UK indies body pacts with Indian producers guild

British indies body Pact is today signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Producers Guild of India. The partnership is designed to increase production between the UK and India, with better trade links between the countries critical for Britain in a post-Brexit world. The signing is happening today in Mumbai at the UK Createch […]

UKTV hires Baby Cow’s Waddell in originals push

British broadcaster UKTV has hired Kerry Waddell from UK indie Baby Cow Productions. Waddell (pictured) is leaving her post as head of production at the Alan Partridge prodco to take on the same role at UKTV. The hire comes as UKTV delves deeper into its plan to up its original programming output by a third […]

Avalon Factual Television exec moves to Woodcut

Avalon Factual Television features and daytime chief Matthew Gordon is moving to another UK prodco, Woodcut Media. Gordon (pictured) has been named executive producer of factual, reporting to Woodcut CEO Kate Beal. He’ll work also closely with Woodcut’s creative director, Derren Lawford. Bob & Co.-owned Woodcut is known for factual shows such as Jo Frost […]

C4’s Katz appoints Webb-Lamb as deputy in rejig

Channel 4 (C4)’s Ian Katz has appointed Kelly Webb-Lamb (pictured) to the new role of deputy director of programmes and head of popular factual, as changes to the UK broadcaster continue. Webb-Lamb’s appointment marks Katz’s first recruit since his suprise hire as director of programmes in October last year. Katz, who was a news executive […]

Podcast prodco Gimlet launches TV arm

US-based podcast producer Gimlet Media has launched a television and film production arm. Chris Giliberti will lead Gimlet Pictures, whose establishment comes after the firm’s first forays into TV production. The Gimlet exec, who was formerly head of multiplatform for the company, will have two execs working under him – executive produce Eli Horowitz and […]

Amazon usurps Hulu Japan as exclusive HBO home

Amazon Prime Video’s Japanese wing has struck a deal to bring major HBO titles such as Game of Thrones (pictured) and Westworld to the SVOD service. The HBO shows will be made available through Amazon Japan from April 1, with its catalogue launching immediately and other series joining six months after their premieres in Japan. […]

Netflix goes to the Rapture with hip-hop doc

Netflix will bring in an eight-episode documentary series based on hip-hop culture and produced by New York culture brand Mass Appeal. The doc, which premieres on March 30, will go inside the lives of rap artists Nas, T.I. Dave East, Rapsody, Logic, G-Eazy, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, 2 Chainz and Just Blaze. Rapture will […]

October hires Atlantic’s Peachey in senior rejig

London-based October Films has hired the CFO of Atlanic Productions and promoted development bosses in the UK and US as part of a company restructure aimed at growing the business. Nathan Peachey comes in as group finance director as the factual-focused indie looks set to expand through new joint ventures or acquisitions. October said his […]

Ex-Reef MD Hanrahan joins Tin Roof Media

Former Reef Television managing director Paul Hanrahan has joined another UK-based producer, Tin Roof Media, as group operations director. The hire means UK industry veteran Hanrahan (pictured) joins the management team of Tin Roof subsidiaries Blink Films and Outline Productions. He will oversee day-today operations and growth strategy across the Tin Roof group. Former TwoFour […]