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October Films veteran Denman Rooke steps down

October Films’ executive chairman Denman Rooke is stepping down from his position, after almost 25 years at the company. Denman joined October Films in 1995, originating, directing and executive producing observational documentaries as well as science, history and current affairs series. He became MD in 2004, exec producing shows such as The Beslan Siege as […]

Channel 4 commissions ‘Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o’, ‘Your Room Or Mine?’

Oscar-winning actor-producer Lupita Nyong’o is fronting a new documentary on Channel 4 exploring the Agoji warrior women of West Africa. The specialist factual 1 x 60-minute commission, Warrior Women With Lupita Nyong’o (working title), finds the star journeying across Benin to explore the legacy of the Agoji women. Known to the Europeans as ‘Amazons’, the […]

Channel 4 signs up for ‘Meat The Family’, ‘Lost Pharaohs Of The Nile’

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has signed up to innovative format Meat The Family (working title) from Spun Gold TV. The 3 x 60-minute series forces families to question how much they know about the animals they put on their plates. Over three weeks, four families will share their homes with the animals they would normally […]

Channel 4 CEO calls for support to remain “vital counterweight” to streamers’ power

Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon has said UK public broadcasters must be supported if they are to remain a “vital counterweight” to the “growing concentration of power” held by a small number of global tech firms and streamers. In a far-reaching speech at the Royal Television Society Convention in Cambridge, Mahon discussed the impact of […]

Sky, Channel 4 expand content and tech partnership

Comcast-owned pay TV operator Sky and broadcaster Channel 4 have extended their strategic partnership with a new deal covering content and advertising technology. The arrangement, which expands on a similar agreement struck last year, includes a multi-year carriage deal renewal that offers Sky customers access to exclusive programming from Channel 4’s VOD service All 4, […]

BFI’s Young Audiences Content Fund: a fund indeed for a nation in need

The UK children’s industry is already feeling the benefit of a new $70m fund but what are the longer repercussions both domestically and internationally? Ann-Marie Corvin reports Funding kids content is a challenge in many territories but the market failure of domestic children’s programming in the UK has finally prompted government intervention. One of its […]

Channel 4 orders Christmas-themed ‘Buy It Now’

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a Christmas-themed series of Buy It Now from Studio Lambert North.  Hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal, the studio entertainment show returns to give sellers and inventors the chance to sell innovations to an audience of real shoppers. C4 has handed the format a new peak-time slot for a four-part series. […]

Channel 4’s Katz deems Hulu co-pro “very unrelatable to British audiences”

Channel 4’s Ian Katz has called middling ratings for the UK broadcaster’s Hulu co-production The First a victim of domestic channels’ misdirected desire to compete with SVODs. The director of programmes said the Beau Willimon-created space travel drama starring Sean Penn was a “really class piece of work with a big star and Hollywood production […]

C4’s Dorothy Byrne hits out at ‘sexist bastards’, Netflix in MacTaggart

Channel 4’s head of news and current affairs Dorothy Byrne has said the TV industry must do more to deal with “sexist bastards” and hit out at Netflix’s programming choices in her MacTaggart lecture. Byrne, who became the sixth woman to deliver the annual lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival on Tuesday, urged the industry […]

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