Channel 4

Parable moves to TV with first VR original for C4

Channel 4 has commissioned its first virtual reality original from VR studio Parable, named Grenfell: Our Home, as the studio moves to television. Grenfell will be an immersive documentary that tells the stories of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, focusing on their lives and homes before the fire. The piece will premiere at Sheffield […]

Ex-C4 chief reappears to launch Wonderhood Studios

David Abraham (pictured right), the former CEO of Channel 4 (C4), is set to launch Wonderhood Studios. The launch of Wonderhood Studios is a response to the fundamental changes affecting all media, according to the company. It will be structured in the form of adjacent studios: one will produce programming across multiple genres for broadcasters […]

C4 picks up Armoza’s Sex Tape

Channel 4 has commissioned Armoza Formats’ social experiment Sex Tape for broadcast later this year. The local adaptation will be produced by STV Productions and will be aired as a four-part series. Sex Tape will feature three couples each week who try and fix their relationships through sex therapy. They’ll film their love life for […]

C4’s Maddigan heads up entertainment for Little Gem

Little Gem has hired Channel 4’s Kate Maddigan as its new head of entertainment. Maddigan, who will take up her role on April 16, was formerly commissioning editor at Channel 4 and worked on the formats team looking after titles including the original and recommission of LEGO Masters for Channel 4, Celebs Go Dating, My […]

Acquired taste: what role does acquisition play in drama?

With original programming more important to networks and services than ever, what role does the acquisition play in drama today? Andy McDonald reports The drama landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. The rise of international SVOD giants like Netflix and Amazon has opened up a world of global taste and helped drive an across-the-board […]

C4 ups Lawrie to fact ent head as shake-up continues

Channel 4 (C4) has promoted Alf Lawrie (pictured) to head of factual entertainment, as it continues it shake-up of top roles. The news arrives after the broadcaster announced that it would undergo its biggest restructure in its 35-year history in March. Lawrie will oversee the factual entertainment slate across the C4 portfolio and lead the […]

Channel 4 restructure continues with return of COO role

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has created a number of new executive roles – including chief operating officer and chief product officer – as part of a shakeup of the top brass. The chief product officer will spearhead the UK broadcaster’s push into new digital areas and will also take responsibility for online service All 4. […]

Anonymous hits UK with Playground exec leading new prodco

Sophie Gardiner is exiting Playground Television to lead a new production outfit that has True Detective producer Anonymous Content backing it. She will lead Chapter One as managing director, aiming to create high-end television drama and film. LA-based producer and management firm Anonymous, which has been long been connected with a UK launch, is partnering […]

‘Biggest restructure’ in Channel 4 history underway

UK broadcaster Channel 4 is to undergo its biggest restructure in its 35-year history. A radical new strategy will see content spend on ‘nations and regions’ (i.e. producers outside London) increase from the current 35% of total programming investment to 50% by 2023. That represents a £250 million (US$345 million) uptick, and will mean the […]

Netflix purchases fifth Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker will pen a fifth season of dystopian technology series Black Mirror for SVOD service Netflix despite rumours he was seeking to wind it up. Netflix confirmed the new run of the anthology drama, which comes from Brooker’s Endemol Shine Group-owned prodco House of Tomorrow. Rumours that Brooker would end Black Mirror after its […]

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