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Show of the week: Teachers Training to Kill

Training Teachers to Kill follows the heated debate taking place in school boards around the US on whether teachers should be trained to handle armed weapons to protect pupils during mass shootings. The debate kicked off as a suggestion from President Donald Trump after the February 2018 Parkland massacre and has since been put into […]

BriteSpark hires Channel 4 commissioner as director of programmes

Argonon-owned BriteSpark Films has appointed Channel 4 commissioner Tom Porter as its director of programmes. In the new role, Porter – who will begin in April – is to help develop and grow the business. Focusing on the UK market, he will oversee the new slate of programming as well as bring in commissions. The […]

Kew lands int’l rights for C4 & HBO’s Leaving Neverland

Kew Media Distribution has secured the international rights – excluding the UK and US – for the Channel 4 and HBO co-production Leaving Neverland. Leaving Neverland is a two-part documentary featuring two men who recount their experiences of being abused by Michael Jackson. James Safechuck and Wade Robson recount how they were both befriended by […]

C4 sets up for Rick and Morty premiere, teams up with Adult Swim

Adult Swim’s hit toon Rick and Morty is set to make an exclusive UK premiere on commercial broadcaster Channel 4 (C4), as part of a wider partnership which will include a new programming block on E4 and an Adult Swim branded channel on C4’s VOD platform All 4. The toon’s fourth season will make its UK […]

“Purposeful” formats, CEE scripted on the rise in 2019

International TV research consultancy K7 Media has unveiled its predictions for 2019, forecasting that Disney+ will lead the direct-to-consumer push while tipping Central and Eastern Europe as the next hot territory for scripted programming. Topping the list is the highly anticipated Disney+ platform, which K7 describes as a “genuine contender” to Netflix and Amazon in […]

All4 picks up NBC sitcom 30 Rock

Channel 4 has picked up hit NBC comedy 30 Rock for its streaming service All 4. The first two series will be available from this week with the remaining five arriving at a later date. Written and starring Tina Fey, 30 Rock follows Liz Lemon, a head writer for live sketch-comedy show, as she tries to […]

C4 ups Nick Lee to head up series acquisitions

Channel 4 has promoted acquisitions manager Nick Lee to head up series acquisitions. Lee will report to C4’s director of commercial affairs, Martin Baker. In the newly created role, he will be responsible for the creation, roll out, deal terms and delivery of the strategy for all acquired series. Working closely with the commissioning teams […]

Channel 4’s Horan: bring me “bigger, fewer” and international ideas

Channel 4’s newly installed factual boss Danny Horan is keen to do away with “pragmatic commissioning” and wants to open up the factual slate to more international co-productions. “There is nothing [on the slate] that is saying anything about the world around us in a contemporary way, so how will we get new stuff through […]

Exclusive: Channel 4, Discovery partner on Ice Age doc

Warner Bros-owned producer Renegade is making a 90-minute doc on an expansive discovery of Ice Age remains for Channel 4 and Discovery Science – marking one of the first co-productions between the two broadcasters in several years. The film, which is yet untitled, has been commissioned out of Science Channel in a rare international co-production […]

C4 greenlights Training Teachers to Kill from Sundog

Channel 4 (C4) Factual has commissioned 60-minute doc Training Teachers to Kill from Sundog Pictures. The timely doc will investigate the heated debate in American school boards around arming teachers for the first time to protect vulnerable pupils in a crisis. Many US schools today are simply waiting for an expected gun attack from disaffected pupils. […]

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