Benefits Street

US indie Eastern hires McKeown from Nutopia

US factual producer Eastern has recruited Simon McKeown as its senior VP, development. He joins from Jane Root’s factual prodco Nutopia and will head up development at Eastern, which makes VH1 series Love & Hip Hop. Prior to Nutopia, McKeown was at Love Productions, where hus credits include the popular and controversial fact-ent series Benefits Street. He […]

Channel 4 to explore Immigration Street

The UK’s Channel 4 has commissioned Love Productions to make an ob doc series about a British street that has been transformed by immigration. C4’s head of documentaries Nick Mirsky has green-lit the 6x60mins show, Immigration Street (WT) which will follow the lives residents living on an ethnically diverse street in Southampton, UK, where the […]

Sky buys Bake Off producer Love Productions

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has taken a 70% stake in Love Productions, the UK producer of shows including The Great British Bake Off. Sky said Love founders Richard McKerrow and Anna Beattie will remain with the factual entertainment specialist along with the existing senior management team. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. […]

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 4 ups factual chief to Jay Hunt deputy

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has promoted head of factual Ralph Lee to deputy chief creative officer, working next in line to Channel 4 boss and chief creative officer Jay Hunt. Lee takes on the role in addition to his existing head of factual duties and will deputise for Hunt on creative decision-making across all of […]