Ben Frow


Raft of exec appointments at Viacom intn’l channels

Viacom has upped several of senior channel execs at its international channels, appointing a new boss for the BET, Paramount and Spike channels, and creating a new head of acquisitions position for all of its UK channels. Michael Armstrong will continue to lead the international BET and Paramount channel efforts and oversee the launch of […]

Viacom’s Spike to begin int’l roll out in UK

Viacom is set to launch its male-skewing Spike channel internationally for the first time, with rollout of a new free-to-air UK version of the network in spring next year, TBI’s sister publication DTVE reports. Announcing the launch in London today, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said that Viacom’s acquisition of UK terrestrial broadcaster Viacom earlier this […]

Viacom closes Channel 5 acquisition

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has closed its £450 million (US$740 million) acquisition of UK broadcaster Channel 5 from Northern & Shell Media Group. The deal was first announced on May 1 and was completed yesterday morning after receiving unconditional clearance from the European Commission. With the conclusion of the agreement, VIMN – which owns […]

Ob docs: obsolete or of the moment?

Rumblings that the ob doc trend is stifling creativity on both sides of the Atlantic have divided the factual programming industry. Is the genre coming to the end of its cycle, or is it simply evolving, asks Jesse Whittock The commissions of History’s Pawn Stars and American Pickers in 2009 and 2010 respectively ushered in […]

Channel 5 tracks Jacko’s Last Hours, feels the love

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned a series looking into the last hours of late stars such as Michael Jackson and ordered a season of programmes showcasing love in all its guises. Autopsy: The Last Hours of… will look into the final moments of three celebrities – singer Jackson, Whitney Houston and model Anna-Nicole Smith […]

Channel 5 schedules UK Film School’s ‘sexting’ doc

Channel 5 will air its film school-produced ‘sexting’ documentary, Sexters, this Sunday. The one-off doc looks at the modern phenomenon of sending sexually explicit messages and photographs by mobile phone. It is produced by the UK’s National Film and TV School (NFTS) and marks the first time Channel 5 has commissioned it to make a […]

Channel 5 to broadcast student ‘sext’ doc series

The UK’s Channel 5 claims to be the first major broadcaster to air a student TV project after commissioning a light-hearted documentary on ‘sexting’ from pupils studying at the National Film & Television School. Sexts (working title) comes from the NFTS’s TV entertainment department, with recent graduates and current students working on the project and […]