Channel 4

PBS, ARTE France & Channel 4 co-commission 9/11 anniversary doc from Arrow Pictures

PBS in the US, ARTE in France and Channel 4 in the UK have jointly commissioned London-based factual producer Arrow Pictures for a new feature-length documentary about the ongoing impact of the 9/11 terror attacks. The 1 x 120-minute Generation 9/11 will mark the 20th anniversary of the al-Qaeda-orchestrated terrorist attacks on the US on […]

UK broadcasters & trade bodies launch fund to close unscripted skills gaps

UK broadcasters, along with industry-led skills body ScreenSkills and trade body Pact, have teamed up to launch the new Unscripted TV Skills Fund, to address skills gaps and shortages in unscripted television across the country, with plans to increase training investment from £370,000 to £3 million per year by 2024. The BBC, Channel 4, Sky, A+E […]

UK’s C4 hires Unilad & Ladbible exec to lead digital commissioning

Channel 4 in the UK has appointed a former video chief at entertainment sites UNILAD and LADbible to oversee the broadcaster’s digital originals. Sacha Khari takes up the newly created role of head of digital commissioning at C4, reporting into head of youth and digital, Karl Warner. Khari will take on responsibility for all digital […]

Penguin Random House UK hires BBCS exec to drive IP adaptations

Penguin Random House UK – a division of German giant Bertelsmann – has appointed former BBC Studios (BBCS) exec Jenna Brown to a newly created role overseeing rights deals for its IP. Brown becomes head of media rights at the UK publisher, with a remit to find partners to develop Penguin Random House authors’ work into […]

Round-up: Intl’ broadcasters enter ‘Dark Woods’; C4 orders Woodcut serial killer doc; BBC builds ‘Jay’s Workshop’

Intl’ broadcasters enter ‘Dark Woods’ Broadcaster in the US, Canada, Spain and France have acquired German crime thriller mini-series Dark Woods, following deals with distributor Global Screen. Canal+ Group, French leading pay-TV group, acquired the show for its thriller channel Polar, while First Look Media’s streaming service, Topic, will release the series as part of […]

Hillary Clinton’s HiddenLight hires Channel 4 commissioner as creative director

Hillary Clinton’s HiddenLight Productions has appointed Channel 4 commissioner Siobhan Sinnerton to the newly created role of creative director & SVP of unscripted. Sinnerton was most recently commissioning editor for news & current affairs and immersive content at the UK broadcaster, which she joined in 2010. Her most recent project, For Sama, was nominated for […]

Channel 4 to mark 50 years of iconic ‘Mr Men’ kids characters

UK comcaster Channel 4 has commissioned 50 Years Of Mr Men, a special one-off unscripted show celebrating half a century of the popular Mr Men and Little Miss children’s characters. The programme is being produced by Tern TV with Harry Bell serving as executive producer and Kelly Close attached to direct. It was commissioned by Channel 4 […]

Jonathan & Simon Chinn’s Lightbox exits C4’s Indie Growth Fund

Simon and Jonathan Chinn’s London and LA-based production company Lightbox is to exit Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund (IGF), after its founders agreed a deal to re-take full control of the company they launched in 2014. Lightbox became one of the first companies to join the UK broadcaster’s scheme when the prodco launched seven years […]

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