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Discovery Channel plots 200+ territory doc launch

Discovery Channel has commissioned a documentary about Mount Everest’s Sherpa community that will rollout in more than 200 territories worldwide. This represents the second time Discovery has chosen to use this type of distribution plan since Rich Ross was named president, coming after Racing Extinction. Sherpa will debut next year, looking into the Sherpas’ grief […]

Channel 4 buys into sports indie

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has bought a stake in sports programming-focused indie Whisper Films. Former Formula One driver David Coulthard, sports presenter Jake Humphrey and BBC Sports producer Sunil Patel (pictured) set up Whisper in 2010, and have since produce shows for the BBC and ITV and international documentaries that have aired on NBC in […]

Heaney’s TCB poaches Cineflix exec

TCB Media Rights chief Paul Heaney has recruited a managing director from his former company, Cineflix Media. Katy Llewellyn-Jones becomes UK-based distributor TCB’s first MD, having been at Canada-based Cineflix since its creation in 2003. The move represents Heaney’s biggest hire since creating TCB in late 2012 after leaving his CEO post at Cineflix’s distribution […]

Channel 4 buys into another UK indie

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has bought into another emerging indie producer as part of its £20 million (US$30 million) Growth Fund investment strategy. Renowned Films is a three-year-old prodco that former BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Duane Jones co-founded with then-students Max Welch and Tim Withers (all three pictured left). The company is known for securing […]

TVN buys Seven, Channel 5 shows

Poland’s TVN has acquired programmes including Seven Network’s World’s Richest Dogs from distributor TCB Rights. The commercial broadcaster has also bought another Seven series, the 19x30mins Surveillance, WAGTV-produced Combat Dealers, Arrow Media’s World’s Most Extreme and Channel 5 one-hour documentary Sun, Sea and Love Cheats. Elsewhere, TCB has sold Kate Middleton: Heir We Go Again […]

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 […]