Channel 4

UK’s Channel 4 launches $40m content fund and unveils strategy for digital pivot

UK comcaster Channel 4 has unveiled a new corporate strategy called Future4, which will see the company accelerate its transition to digital, placing a renewed focus on its streaming services, while also launching a new £30m ($40m) content fund. Channel 4’s CEO Alex Mahon has set out the primary objectives as part of the five-year […]

Stan, Amazon & others buy C4 & HBO Max AIDS drama ‘It’s A Sin’

Broadcasters and platforms in Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America and Australasia have signed pre-sale agreements for Studiocanal-owned RED Production Company’s drama It’s A Sin, following deals with distributor All3Media International. The five-part drama is written and executive produced by Russell T Davies (Queer As Folk, Doctor Who) and executive produced by Nicola Shindler (Happy […]

Factual round-up: Smithsonian unveils Egyptian tomb find; C4 orders ultra-rich property special; ITV orders Covid-19 doc

Smithsonian doc investigates Egpytology find Smithsonian Channel has ordered a new documentary series exploring recent archaeological findings at an excavation site at Saqqara in Egypt. Produced by Lion Television in conjunction with Caterina Turroni of At Land Productions, the four-part Tomb Hunters will premiere next year. Cameras will follow an international team of archaeologists and […]

UK’s Channel 4 returns to Chatsworth House

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a new series abouts the British stately home Chatsworth House, for its More 4 channel. The six-part series from ITN Productions has the working title of Chatsworth House and will follow on from last year’s one-off Christmas At Chatsworth House. Filmed throughout 2020, the series will provide unprecedented access […]

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 […]

Channel 4 orders Blink doc series delving into British monarch

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a new documentary series exploring the reign of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II and her relationships with her husband, family and both British and foreign politicians.   The 3 x 60-minute series, which has the working title of Royals Declassified, is being produced by UK factual outfit Blink Films, and […]

UK’s C4 adapts ‘Clown’ for Christmas with Helena Bonham-Carter

Channel 4 in the UK has commissioned an animated adaptation of Clown, based on the classic children’s book from Quentin Blake. The show is being produced by Eagle Eye Drama, the production company recently launched by the team behind global drama streamer Walter Presents, and is due to air in December. It has been commissioned […]

News round-up: BBC Three’s ViacomCBS deal; Vuulr expands slate; C4 orders Diana doc

BBC Three, BET snag ViacomCBS comedy Broadcasters in Europe, Africa, New Zealand and Latin America have picked up scripted series following deals with recently-revamped ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) Distribution. Single-camera comedy Twenties, which launched in March this year on BET in the US, will make its UK debut on BBC Three on 25 October, after […]

UK’s Channel 4 budget to ‘go up massively’ in 2021

Channel 4 will increase its budget “massively” next year as the UK ad-supported broadcaster rebounds following Covid-19, according to CEO Alex Mahon. C4 has been widely seen as the broadcaster hardest hit by the pandemic over the past six months because it is only supported by advertising spend, which was slashed as the virus hit. […]

Channel 4 remakes Swedish drama with Walter Presents founders’ prodco

Channel 4 in the UK has ordered a remake of Swedish drama Before We Die, with Eagle Eye Drama – the company launched by the founders of streamer Walter Presents – attached to produce. The six-part crime thriller, which will be known as Before We Die in the UK as well, will star Lesley Sharp, […]

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