Channel 4

C4’s CEO defends UK channel’s independence at tumultuous RTS Cambridge

Alex Mahon, the CEO of Channel 4, says there is “no data or evidence” that privatising the UK broadcaster would create a more diverse ecosystem, on a tumultuous day at RTS Cambridge. Mahon was speaking on stage shortly after it emerged that the UK government had replaced Oliver Dowden, the secretary of state for digital, […]

Pact CEO warns of indie closures if UK’s C4 privatised

John McVay, CEO of UK screen trade association Pact has warned that local indies will lose commissions or even go out of business if government plans to privatise broadcaster Channel 4 go ahead. Speaking ahead of today’s publication of two new reports examining the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the country’s indie production sector, […]

UK’s Channel 4 planning global AVOD service

UK broadcaster Channel 4 is planning to launch a new international AVOD streaming service. The as-yet-unnamed streamer would form part of the company’s plans to expand its brand outside of the UK, with the new ad-supported service mirroring its existing All4 BVOD. It would offer content from Channel 4-backed drama brand Walter Presents, as well […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from Edinburgh TV Festival 2021

The 2021 Edinburgh TV Festival again made headlines this week, with US-based streamers using the online event to highlight their European intentions, while the ongoing debate over the future of Channel 4 provided plenty of fodder for conversations of a more domestic nature. Among the most noteworthy commissions to be revealed was Nautilus for Disney+, […]

Ed TV Festival: Discovery+ shares content wishlist & UK minister defends C4 privatisation

Discovery told producers to “keep calm and carry on” following the WarnerMedia merger, while Channel 4 privatisation came up for further debate on the final day of the Edinburgh TV Festival. Fielding questions about the Discovery and WarnerMedia merger during a panel session yesterday, Discovery+ group SVP of content and commercial strategy, Lisa Holme, reassured […]

Deals round up: Emmys, ‘Staged’ & ‘Professionals’ head to Asia; Channel 4 plans car crash; ‘Ida Takes Charge’ at Viaplay

Emmys, ‘Staged’ & ‘Professionals’ head to Asia Broadcasters and platforms across Asia have picked up a trio of scripted, factual and event programming, following deals with UK distributor Rainmaker Content. Catchplay+ for Indonesia and Taiwan, U-Next Co., Ltd in Japan and Mediacorp in Singapore have all acquired The Emmy Awards 2021, while Rainmaker has also […]

Ed TV Festival: Paramount+ seeks UK originals & C4’s Ian Katz slams privatisation plans

ViacomCBS put out a call for content pitches from UK indies for Paramount+, while Channel 4 exec Ian Katz warned that privatisation would “destroy” the channel, on the second day of this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival. Speaking at the event, ViacomCBS Networks UK CCO Ben Frow said that the company plans to commission local content […]

UK’s C4 launches streaming data reports for producers

Channel 4 in the UK is ramping up its attempts to woo indies to work with it by offering a raft of insights into how shows perform on its All4 streaming service. The Producers Performance Report will offer individual producers “valuable data” on how their latest shows have performed on All4 and the broadcaster’s linear […]

TBI Weekly: Delivering an alternative approach to the tragedy of 9/11

As the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks approach, Lucie Ridout, executive producer at UK-based Arrow Pictures, reveals the behind-the-scenes challenges of bringing a fresh and representative exploration of the tragedy to screen.  The terror attacks on 9/11, the most shocking event in many people’s lifetimes, have led to many high-quality documentaries and, as […]

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