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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 […]

Channel 4 teams with Ben Wheatley, Paul Dacre for landmark series

Ben Wheatley scores first TV project with Channel 4 Film director Ben Wheatley (High-Rise; Happy New Year, Colin Burstead) has partnered with The Forge on a six-part zombie comedy drama that will be his first foray into TV. The 6 x 60-minute Generation Z finds a group of teenagers battling against a wave of pensioners who […]

Cineflix snaps up ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’, ‘Extreme Tribe’

Cineflix Rights has acquired a pair of Channel 4 factual series from Spelthorne Community Television and Renegade Pictures. The London-headquartered distributor has picked up Spelthorne’s Let’s Talk About Sex (3 x 60 minutes), which presents unintentionally funny sex education videos from the past and present to a diverse group of parents and kids to get […]

Kids round-up: DHX, CBBC take to ‘Springboard’; Hoho strikes Bomanbridge deal; Cumberbatch boards C4’s ‘Tiger Who Came To Tea’

Canada’s Family Channel, CBBC take to Springboard DHX Television’s Family Channel in Canada and CBBC in the UK is working with Beachwood Canyon Productions (BCP) on a live-action gymnastics series. Springboard (previously known as Up In the Air) has been created by Frank van Keeken (The Next Step) and will debut in 2020, with production […]

Channel 4 reveals UK regions commissioning team

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has unveiled commissioning editors for its new headquarters in Leeds, as well as those heading up regional offices in Bristol and Glasgow. Producer Sacha Mirzoeff will head up the Bristol hub and has also been appointed factual commissioning editor for the new office, while former drama commissioner at Welsh network S4C […]

Channel 4’s Dorothy Byrne to give MacTaggart Lecture

Dorothy Byrne, head of news and current affairs at UK broadcaster Channel 4, will give the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at this year’s Edinburgh Television Festival, becoming the sixth woman to do so. Byrne is a former producer on UK current affairs show World In Action and was editor of The Big Story for commercial […]

Element Pictures expands TV team with Channel 4’s Jonny Richards

Element Pictures, the UK- and Ireland-based producer behind Oscar winning film The Favourite, has appointed a drama commissioning exec from Channel 4 to oversee development of its TV slate. Jonny Richards takes the newly created role of head of TV development and will oversee Element’s push into TV drama with a remit to expand its […]

Edinburgh TV Festival unveils State of the TV Nation panel

YouTube’s EMEA chief Ben McOwen Wilson, Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon (pictured) and Lionsgate TV Group president Sandra Stern are among senior executives set to appear on a ‘State of the TV Nation’ panel at the Edinburgh TV Festival in August. They will be joined by All3Media CEO Jane Turton and president of NBCUniversal International […]

Rare TV replaces CEO Fraser with Channel 4’s Gardiner

UK-based factual producer Rare TV has appointed Channel 4 executive Alexander Gardiner as its CEO, replacing Antony Fraser. Gardiner was most recently a consultant commissioning editor at Channel 4 having previously been managing director of UK prodco Shiver, where he led the restructuring of the ITV Studios-owned outfit. He has also served as creative director […]

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