Channel 4

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 […]

Discovery reportedly eyeing bid for UK’s Channel 4

Discovery has emerged as a potential suitor for Channel 4, the British broadcaster behind hits such as It’s A Sin, The UK government announced a formal consultation into the potential privatisation of Channel 4 last month, arguing that such a move “could help secure its future”. With this process underway, UK newspaper The Telegraph has reported […]

News round-up: FilmRise expands Mediator With Ice-T; UK’s C4 returns to ‘The Street’; Aftershock adapts ‘Kaiju Score’

FilmRise expands Mediator With Ice-T US-based film and television outfit FilmRise has acquired distribution rights to Jetmir Media’s court TV series The Mediator With Ice-T. FilmRise will represent the show in all media worldwide, with Jetmir retaining US broadcast syndication rights. In addition, both FilmRise and Jetmir are co-financing 20 new episodes of the series. […]

UK’s C4 orders football racism doc & raft of digital shorts

UK comcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a new one-off documentary exploring the role of social media in football-related racism. The 1 x 60-minute Football Trolls (working title) is being produced by Flicker Productions, and directed by Jasleen Sethi, with Colleen Flynn attached to executive produce. It follows English football pundit and former professional player Jermaine […]