Barcroft TV


Barcroft goes D2C with TV app

UK-based factual prodco Barcroft Productions is leaping on the success of its YouTube channel by going direct-to-consumer with free TV app. This will comprise with 700 episodes of Barcroft programming – the company’s entire catalogue – and third party content at launch. The Barcroft TV app will offer its in-house content exclusively for 24 hours […]

Barcroft to produce US shows with Complex Networks

Youth-focused media group Complex Networks and UK-based Barcroft Media will coproduce original programmes in the US. Complex in its current guise was form last year after telco Verizon and publisher Hearst jointly acquired Complex Media in a bid to attract younger, pop culture-influenced millennials audiences. The company has now struck a multi-year advertising and content […]

Barcroft makes virtual reality moves

Barcroft Media has struck two virtual reality deals, marking the UK-based content company’s first moves in the growing VR sector. Barcroft, which makes content for its own suite of YouTube channels and makes factual TV shows, has teamed with Jaunt, the VR firm that counts The Walt Disney company, ProSiebenSat.1 and Sky among its investors. […]

Going (digital) native

Why are television’s biggest groups spending millions of dollars on YouTube talent-focused multichannel networks? Jesse Whittock speaks with key players to build a picture of this emerging ecosystem and identify where the digital dollars are coming from. Research released this summer suggested the top 100 YouTube multichannel networks are worth nearly US$10 billion, with the […]

Endemol Beyond USA, Barcroft go OTT

Digital-first businesses Endemol Beyond USA and Barcroft Media have launched separate direct-to-consumer video platforms. Endemol Beyond USA, part of the Endemol Shine Group, has partnered with TV tech firm Piksel to create its owned-and-operated platform, GetBeyond.US. UK-based Barcroft has also launched its own free-to-watch platform, Barcroft.TV, which will focus on ‘the amazing side of life’. […]

Blue chip to new chip: natural history with bite

Stewart Clarke speaks to commissioners, producers, distributors and digital pioneers about their efforts to reimagine the natural history genre. Alastair Fothergill is the embodiment of blue-chip, making landmark series for the BBC and films for Disney Nature, but he is now seeking to reinvent the genre, out of necessity as much as anything. “When I […]

Barcroft TV hits million mark

YouTube channel Barcroft TV, owned by production outfit Barcroft Media, has passed the one-million subscriber milestone. The channel has recorded 155% growth in subscribers since April 1 last year, adding 571,638 subscribers over the last year. YouTube viewers watched a total of 917,265,329 minutes of content on the net, which Sam Barcroft (pictured) created. The […]

Grandmother Lover attached to Channel 5

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned a documentary about a 31-year-old man that enjoys dating pension-age women. Grandmother Lover is a 1x60mins special from Barcroft Productions (OAPs Behaving Badly) that’s set to broadcast next year. It follows Pittsburgh resident Kyle Jones, who has had several experiences dating women aged up to 91. Producers say it […]

Ex-ITV producer joins Barcroft in long-form push

Former ITV producer Adam Mudditt has joined UK-based digital channels operator Barcroft Media, which is restructuring ahead of a push into online long-form programming. Mudditt has been named as head of video production with a remit to manage channels arm Barcroft TV’s production team to allow the producer-distributor to increase output across multiple video channels. […]

First presenter-led show for 500m-view Barcroft

Online channel Barcroft TV has commissioned its first presenter-led series as it passes the 500 million YouTube views mark. The UK-based operator – which is also distributor via AOL On Network, Yahoo Screen, Japan’s GyaO! and China’s Youku – has greenlit Top 5 Shorts, a weekly round-up show featuring Barcroft’s most popular and commented-on content. […]