October Films


Channel 4 goes Inside the EU with doc series

Channel 4 (C4) has commissioned a series from October Films that follows a group of British MEPs in their journey through Brexit. Inside the EU (working title) is a 3×60 minute series that has access to the European Parliament and charts the highs and lows of some of the UK’s most misunderstood public servants. The […]

October hires from Channel 5, staffs up

UK prodco October Films has made a two hires and appointed a new head of factual. It has brought in David Arrowsmith from Channel 5 and Josh Wilkins from Discovery, and upped Jos Cushing from within its ranks. Arrowsmith (left) will head up development in the UK, having launched the in-house development and production unit […]

Motoring up

With petrolhead show Top Gear making headlines, TBI gets to grips with the new show and takes a look under the bonnet at what is driving viewing in the motoring genre. Top Gear’s success is such that is has spawned a host of companion shows. More broadly, motoring formats are in fashion, as the car becomes […]

Authentically survival

Survival shows are nothing new, but the last few years have seen the genre go into overdrive, with titles like Naked And Afraid, Alone, Running Wild, Hunted and The Island proving real-life endurance tests are popular around the world, reports Andy Fry. Ask TV executives why survival shows are proliferating and they will tell you […]

All3, Endemol Shine among 30 PactUS sign-ups

All3Media America and Endemol Shine North America are among 30 TV producers that have signed up to indies association PactUS as initial members. The 30 companies include All3 America and its family of prodcos – namely Bentley Productions, Bogner Content, Commonwealth Unscripted, Company Pictures, ID-TV, Lime, Lion Television USA, Maverick, MME Moviement, North One Television, […]

Discovery orders survivalist series from October

The US Discovery Channel has ordered Trailblazers, a show following elite survivalists as they explore dangerous parts of the world looking for clues and evidence that will lead to scientific breakthroughs. The six-part series will follow three survival experts, each leading a team of scientists into dangerous locations including Papua New Guinea, the Bolivian jungle […]

Ex-History, MTV execs form indie

Sky Vision and transatlantic indie October Films are backing a new production company from former History scripted chief Julian Hobbs and ex-MTV current series chief Elli Hakami. Talos Films will be based in New York, and focus on creating high-end event documentaries, formats and scripted series. Sky Vision, the sales arm of European pay TV […]

Nat Geo orders ‘human herd’ series

National Geographic Channel has ordered Mygrations, a fact-ent series in which a ‘human herd’ follow the gruelling migration route of African wildebeest. The 20-strong herd is comprised of elite male and female athletes, including ex-special forces operatives and zoologists, as they brave harsh elements and predators. The 200-mile, six-week, journey is played out over six […]

Barbarians Rising in new History original

A+E has ordered docu-drama series Barbarians Rising for its History channels around the world. The eight-parter will be produced by UK prodco October Films for History, and will tell the story of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, as seen through the eyes of different barbarian tribal leaders. The series will feature famous […]

Channel 4 builds factual slate

UK terrestrial Channel 4 has commissioned a pair of factual series from Indus Films, which will sit in its latest factual slate. Indus-produced 1x60mins special The World’s Most Expensive Christmas and 3x60mins series Britain’s Finest Interiors (WT) will sit alongside the October Films-produced Walking the Himalayas on the channel. Channel 4 has also commissioned a […]

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