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Channel 4 signs up for ‘Meat The Family’, ‘Lost Pharaohs Of The Nile’

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has signed up to innovative format Meat The Family (working title) from Spun Gold TV. The 3 x 60-minute series forces families to question how much they know about the animals they put on their plates. Over three weeks, four families will share their homes with the animals they would normally […]

Showtime swoops for HBO’s cancelled Vice news show

US cable channel Showtime has picked up news magazine series Vice following its HBO cancellation. The ViacomCBS-owned channel has swooped for rights to the 13-part programme, which will debut next spring. HBO pulled the plug on the show, Vice News Tonight, back in June, ending a seven-year relationship with Vice. The series was nominated for […]

MGM promotes Barry Poznick to lead expanded non-scripted drive

MGM’s Barry Poznick has been promoted to lead unscripted and alternative television for the business as it expands from its foundations in reality. The former president of unscripted has been promoted to president of MGM/Orion unscripted and alternative television, after extending his contract with the business. While overseeing unscripted programmes for MGM, Poznick will now […]

Nat Geo strikes first-look deal with ‘Free Solo’ team

Nat Geo has struck a first-look deal with Free Solo duo Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin and their production banner Little Monster Films. The deal – which follows the documentary’s seven Emmy wins – covers all unscripted projects, including series and specials as well as feature docs. Nat Geo is already on board the […]

ABC Studios alternative chief Fernando Hernandez to exit

ABC Studios’ alternative division chief Fernando Hernandez is to leave the company, according to US reports. Hernandez is a former head of alternative at Universal TV and took on a similar role to set up the division at ABC Studios in 2017, joining under former chief Patrick Moran. The latter left ABC earlier this summer […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from Netflix’s Reed Hastings at RTS

Considering Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was only on stage for 30 minutes at the Royal Television Society Convention in Cambridge on Friday, he covered a fair bit of ground. From his views on acquiring production companies (not likely), to spending more cash in the UK (upwards of $500m next year) and embracing ratings agency Barb, […]

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says $500m UK spend to rise in 2020

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said the streamer will spend £400m ($500m) on UK programming this year and added that there would be a “big increase” in 2020 as the company’s investment in the country continues to soar. The streamer’s UK slate to date tops 50 shows including Black Mirror, Sex Education and The Crown, […]

BBC chief Tony Hall outlines “total TV” iPlayer vision

BBC director-general Tony Hall has said the public broadcaster wants to turn iPlayer into an all-encompassing service that will offer “total TV” and compete with Netflix and new entrants such as Apple. The BBC has been putting increasing resources over recent years into the service, which started life as a catch-up service for TV programming […]

Channel 4 CEO calls for support to remain “vital counterweight” to streamers’ power

Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon has said UK public broadcasters must be supported if they are to remain a “vital counterweight” to the “growing concentration of power” held by a small number of global tech firms and streamers. In a far-reaching speech at the Royal Television Society Convention in Cambridge, Mahon discussed the impact of […]