Channel 4


Show of the week: Drag Lab

Distributor: Hat Trick International Producer: Summer Films Broadcaster: Channel 4 (UK) Logline: A British drag collective gives guests lacking in confidence a drag makeover Summer Films’ 6 x 60-minute series centers on one of the UK’s most popular drag collectives, Manchester’s The Family Gorgeous, which hosts a monthly workshop where they teach guests how to […]

Channel 4 to adapt NBC’s ‘Songland’ format

UK broadcaster Channel 4 (C4) is set to adapt NBC’s songwriting competition format Songland. C4 will adapt the format for a UK audience with NBC-backed producer Monkey Kingdom, which will produce the series. Songland will see the channel return to a music competition format for the first time since its venture with The Singer Takes […]

Channel 4 gets ‘Banged Up’ Stateside with BriteSpark

Channel 4 has commissioned Argonon Group-backed BriteSpark Films for a three-part social experiment series that will see British teens jailed in the US.  Banged Up (3 x 60 minutes) will see eight teens aged 15-17 – some of whom are in trouble with the law – spending a week living and working in a tough Florida […]

Channel 4: Jackson doc on track to be most streamed show

Dan Reed’s Leaving Neverland doc about Michael Jackson is on track to become Channel 4’s biggest streamed or downloaded show, according to CEO Alex Mahon. Speaking at Keshet’s INTV conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday (12 March), Mahon said that the film has been a “huge commercial success” for the broadcaster. Originally commissioned out of C4, […]

Michael Jackson episode pulled from ‘The Simpsons’

The Simpsons producers have pulled an episode featuring the voice of Michael Jackson days after HBO and Channel 4 aired two-part doc Leaving Neverland, which details sex abuse allegations against the singer. The episode in question is “Stark Raving Dad”, which features Jackson’s voice. It is one of the long-running show’s more popular episodes, and will now […]

Michael Jackson doc draws 2.4m to Channel 4 amid London protests

Dan Reed’s feature doc Leaving Neverland garnered a peak audience of 2.4m for the UK’s Channel 4 amid protests at the channel’s London headquarters. The controversial HBO/Channel 4 co-production, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January to great acclaim, centres on two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuk, who claim they were sexually […]

Kew Media receives “unprecedented” interest in Jackson doc

Kew Media Distribution says it has received “unprecedented” interest in Channel 4/HBO doc Leaving Neverland and has brokered over 130 deals around the world. Through a host of individual and pan-territory deals, multiple countries are set to air the two-part doc after a successful premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Among the line-up of channels […]

My5, All4 bolster services with content deal, SVOD function

Viacom-owned catch-up service My5 has struck a content deal with Israeli cable group Hot. The partnership marks the first foreign-language content deal for Channel 5’s catch-up service, which was opened up to third-party content last summer, linking with the likes of PBS America, A+E Networks’ Blaze, Together channel, Little Dot Studios and BET. Under the […]

Discovery strikes deal with C4 for Jamie Oliver content

Discovery has signed a significant deal with the UK’s Channel 4 to acquire a catalogue of Jamie Oliver and other lifestyle programming for Food Network, its free-to-air lifestyle and entertainment channel. The deal includes thirteen new titles and the relicense of eight previously acquired titles. Food Network will now carry Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food, Jamie’s […]

Michael Jackson estate threatens HBO with $100m lawsuit over Leaving Neverland

Michael Jackson’s estate is threatening to sue HBO for $100m over its controversial sex abuse documentary about the late singer, Leaving Neverland. The two-part, four-hour doc, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last month, centres on Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege that they were molested by the pop singer for years as […]

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