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HBO Max expands co-pros by joining Channel 4 drama ‘Boys’

HBO Max has joined as a co-production partner on Channel 4 and Russell T Davies’ drama Boys, building on the streamer’s expanding partnerships with broadcasters outside of the US. The yet-to-launch WarnerMedia-backed streamer will be the exclusive US home to Boys (working title), which started principal photography in October. The drama is from Studiocanal-owned Red […]

Walter Presents team launches drama venture backed by Channel 4

The trio behind international drama platform Walter Presents is setting up a new drama venture, backed by UK broadcaster Channel 4. Founders and creators Walter Iuzzolino, Jo McGrath and Jason Thorp’s new outfit is called Eagle Eye Drama, and it will focus on producing English-language drama inspired by foreign-language programmes the team have championed via […]

MGM hires Channel 4 alum to head new UK-based unscripted arm

MGM Television is setting up an unscripted arm in the UK and has appointed former Channel 4 and BBC exec Dom Bird to run it. MGM International Unscripted Content will be based out of London and will develop existing formats locally, as well as creating original UK-based ideas. Bird, who reports into MGM’s president of […]

UK commissions: Channel 5 reveals 2020 slate; BBC Three, Showtime renews ‘Back to Life’

Channel 5 reveals slate of 2020 programmes  Access-driven documentaries, history programming, natural history and heartland factual highlight a new slate of programmes heading to Viacom-owned broadcaster Channel 5 in 2020. Keo Films’ Inside Extinction Rebellion (w/t; 1 x 60 minutes) has secured access to the environmental activists, who use creativity and people power to raise awareness of […]

Media publisher Future buys Barcroft Studios for $30m

Media publisher Future plc has wholly acquired Sam Barcroft’s award-winning production group Barcroft Studios for £23.5m ($30m). The deal will enable the business to grow its pipeline of series, and will see CEO Barcroft  staying on to oversee day-to-day operations of the Barcroft Studios brand under Future plc’s ownership, alongside chief operating officer Caspar Norman […]

BritBox UK launches with Channel 4 and distribution deals in place

Channel 4 has joined the BBC and ITV’s joint streaming service BritBox as it launches in the UK almost nine months after plans were first confirmed. The fledgling platform has struck a three-year deal with C4 for more than 1,000 hours of content from catch-up service All 4, including comedy, drama and non-scripted programmes, as […]

Channel 4 preps doc on Boeing 737 Max disaster from Arrow

Channel 4 has commissioned Arrow Media for a doc on the Boeing 737 Max disaster. Boeing’s Killer Plane: What Went Wrong? (1 x 60 minutes) will examine the chain of events that led to the crashes of two passenger jets – first, the Lion Air Flight 601, which crashed in the Java Sea in October […]

Animal rights group PETA hits out against Discovery’s ‘Man vs. Bear’ competition

Animal rights group PETA is hitting out against Discovery’s forthcoming Man vs. Bear in the latest wave of animal welfare concerns raised around recent TV series. The organisation has said Discovery is “normalising exploitation” with the commission of Kinetic Content’s competition series, which finds a group of three grizzly bears – all of whom were […]

UK parliament calls for high-end tax relief reform, terms of trade review

The UK’s high-end tax relief for drama should be reformed and producers’ Terms of Trade with broadcasters should be reviewed, according to a far-reaching report into the country’s TV industry. The UK’s House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee has been reviewing the impact of SVOD services on the UK’s public service broadcasters (PSB’s) such […]

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