Burning Bright Productions

UK’s Channel 5 explores universe & married life in doc-heavy slate

Paramount-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has unveiled a slate of upcoming new commissions and returning shows across scripted and unscripted, launching in the coming year. Announced by CCO Ben Frow at the Channel 5 Upfront in London on Wednesday evening, the factual titles include the 3 x 60-minute Tim Peake: Secrets of Our Universe, from […]

Channel 5 strands Ruby Wax on remote island for new docuseries

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered a two-part docuseries following American-British actor and comedian Ruby Wax as she experiences life stranded on a remote island. The 2 x 60-minute series, with the working title Ruby Wax Castaway, sees the titular TV personality left alone on a remote uninhabited island off the coast of Madagascar, where […]

Show of the week: Me And My Penis

Don’t be mistaken by its title, because this special is in no way a flippant 47-minutes of television. Instead, it dives into a subject area that has been remarkably unexplored on TV to date, resulting in a fascinating exploration of men and their reproductive organ. The show is from the award-winning producers of 100 Vaginas […]

Avalon hires former Burning Bright exec Toby Ward

Former Burning Bright exec Toby Ward has been appointed head of UK production (comedy, entertainment and scripted) at UK-and-US-based prodco Avalon. In this newly created, London-based role, Ward will report to Avalon’s global director of production Joanna Beresford, with whom he previously worked at Spitting Image in the 1990s. He will also work alongside Lydia […]

Regal ambitions

Royalty is in vogue. Ahead of the launch of Lionsgate’s series The Royals, TBI speaks with the studio’s TV boss Kevin Beggs, and looks at the other regal offerings in the market. E! is best known for its glossy entertainment programming and awards show coverage, but like many US cable channels last year took the […]

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 […]

BBC America goes Almost Royal with first comedy

BBC America has ordered a seven-part half-hour comedy from Burning Bright Productions – a move that marks US cable channel’s first commission in the genre. Almost Royal will follow a pair of young British aristocrats played by Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart whose first trip to the US is filmed by a camera crew. The […]