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Channel 5 goes behind bars with Ross Kemp prison docuseries

Paramount-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned Ross Kemp: 72 Hours In… (working title), a docuseries following the titular filmmaker and actor as he goes behind bars in some of the world’s most high-security, high-risk prisons. Co-produced by Chalkboard TV and Freshwater Films, the 8 x 60-minute series will see Kemp come face to face […]

Chalkboard TV restructures & rehires Stellify’s Tom Popay as creative director

UK indie Chalkboard TV has rehired Stellify Media exec Tom Popay as creative director in a restructure of its senior management team. Popay, who joins the company from Belfast-based Stellify, where he served as head of development, previously worked as a development producer at Chalkboard. He will take over as creative director from Bill Hobbins, who […]

iZen UK strikes creative diversity pact with Gabriella Lafor’s Line Light

Chalkboard TV, Storyboard Studios and Clapperboard owner iZen UK has entered a creative diversity partnership with a new talent and employment consultancy set up by ITN Productions’ Gabriella Lafor. The deal will see Lafor’s Line Light working with all three iZen UK companies to provide access to creative and production talent from outside of the […]

UK’s Chalkboard TV hires ex-Sky commissioner Bill Hobbins as creative director

UK-based indie Chalkboard TV has appointed commissioning and production veteran Bill Hobbins to the newly created role of creative director. Hobbins, who takes up his new position this month, will helm the development of Chalkboard’s non-scripted content, while also working on new projects across all genres. He has also been appointed to the executive committee […]

BBC iPlayer orders ‘Once Were Lions’, rugby league feature doc

BBC iPlayer, the UK pubcaster’s VOD service, has ordered a feature-length documentary about the Great Britain Rugby League Lions 2019 tour to the southern hemisphere. Once Were Lions will launch on BBC iPlayer on 21 November and follows the GB Lions as they tour New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. The film is produced by UK-based indie Chalkboard Television and documentary […]

ITV explores Britain’s jails with Chalkboard TV

UK broadcaster ITV is exploring life in Britain’s jails with Chalkboard TV’s Inside Prison: Britain Behind Bars. The 4 x 60-minute series has rare access into seven men and women’s prisons, offering a 360-degree look at those on the frontline of Britain’s jails, as well as the prisoners. Through the experiences of both trainee and […]

Rockerdale Studios, Chalkboard among Indielab Accelerator prodcos

Business accelerator Indielab has unveiled the 16 UK prodcos taking part in its 2019 programme. Chalkboard TV, Afro-Mic Productions and Rockerdale Studios are among the businesses selected for their creative excellence and potential. The full list of participants includes Air TV, Appeal TV, Chatterbox Media, Curious Films, Loud Minds, Mam Tor Productions, Marble Films, Minnow […]

ITV sets live game show format

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned a local version of a game show from Chalkboard TV that’s already out in Italy and the Middle East. Don’t Ask Me Ask Britain is the latest remake of Sky Vision-sold format Don’t Ask Me. Alexander Armstrong (Pointless) has been tapped as host and it will broadcast live from next […]

Discovery orders Celebrity Fat Fighters

TLC has greenlit a new reality series in following celebrities in an extreme weight-loss boot camp. Celebrity Fat Fighters will run to three parts on the Discovery net, with UK indie Chalkboard TV making the show. The format sees a roster of celebs enter the boot camp and then undergo a strict training regime while […]

Rai orders UK entertainment format

Italian public broadcaster Rai has commissioned Don’t Ask Me, a live and interactive entertainment format developed in the UK. Following a deal with distributor Sky Vision, Rai will get a 4x120mins local version of the show, which will be titled The Italians Are Always Right. Elephant Italia is onboard to produce. The format hails from […]