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C4 boss slams US studios’ UK takeovers

Channel 4’s CEO David Abraham has slammed the growing number of US studios owning UK production companies, claiming the term “super indie” has lost its meaning as a result. In his MacTaggart speech at the Edinburgh International Television Festival last night, Abraham took aim at the Murdoch family and cable TV giant John Malone, all […]

Channel 4 takes stakes in four indies

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has taken minority stakes in four UK indies, with CEO promising the deals are “just the start”. Channel 4 has taken shareholdings in Arrow Media (Ultimate Airport: Dubai), Lightbox (Signal to Noise), Popkorn (Football Behind Bars) and True North (Junior Vets). This comes after Channel 4 launched its £20 million (US$33.2 […]

News brief: Arrow making Mayday doc for C4

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has ordered a one-off doc about a passenger who successfully took the controls and landed a plane. UK indie producer Arrow Media is making the 1x60mins doc Mayday: The Passenger Who Landed a Plane. It will tell the story of pensioner John Wildley who had to land a light aircraft after […]

Watch this space

Almost 60 years after the Americans and Russians battled for supremacy of the stars, two new reality TV formats are engaged in their own space race, while more broadly factual space programming is becoming hot property with Nat Geo set to launch its Cosmos reboot on Sunday (March 8). Huw Fullerton reports. Who will win […]

BBC Two, Smithsonian, Discovery board Jumbo

A trio of broadcasters from the UK, US and Canada have co-commissioned a documentary about the impact of the 747 airliner, widely known as the Jumbo Jet. The doc will be known as Jumbo – The Plane That Changed the World on BBC Two in the UK and Discovery Channel in Canada, where it will […]

Travel Channel order Border Rico from Arrow Media

US cable net Travel Channel has ordered Border Rico, an original series from UK indie producer Arrow Media. The 6x30mins follows the US agencies managing access to the island of Puerto Rico. Tom Brisley, creative director, Arrow Media, said: “Securing access to, and developing a close working relationship with, agencies manning the US border and […]

Nat Geo to broadcast special Live From Space

National Geographic Channel is preparing Live From Space, a two-hour special that will be broadcast live from the International Space Station (ISS) and NASA Mission Control in Houston. The special will go out on Nat Geo channels around the world this March and be produced by UK indie Arrow Media. As well as going out […]

Channel 4, Smithsonian prepare for Terror in the Skies

UK terrestrial Channel 4 and US net Smithsonian Channel have ordered local indie Arrow Media to produce a 4x60mins series about near-collisions in air travel. Terror in the Skies will launch on Channel 4 in June and Smithsonian later this year. It will use video and audio captured on passengers’ phones and camcorders to illustrate […]

Raft of executive changes at Darlow Smithson

There have been a series of senior management changes at Endemol-owned factual producer DSP. Creative director Julian Ware is leaving the company after a decade and will be retiring from the industry. His former co-creative director Ben Bowie (pictured) has been upped to managing director after twelve years with DSP. Deputy creative director Emily Roe […]

Arrow Media commissioned for new Hairy Bikers series

UK indie Arrow Media has been commissioned by BBC Two to make a new factual series featuring popular hosts Si King and Dave Myers, better known as the Hairy Bikers. Previously best known for their cooking series, Rebuilding Industrial Britain (WT) will be a 3x60mins series in which the hosts will travel the UK on […]