Channel 4

Michael Jackson doc draws 2.4m to Channel 4 amid London protests

Dan Reed’s feature doc Leaving Neverland garnered a peak audience of 2.4m for the UK’s Channel 4 amid protests at the channel’s London headquarters. The controversial HBO/Channel 4 co-production, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January to great acclaim, centres on two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuk, who claim they were sexually […]

Kew Media receives “unprecedented” interest in Jackson doc

Kew Media Distribution says it has received “unprecedented” interest in Channel 4/HBO doc Leaving Neverland and has brokered over 130 deals around the world. Through a host of individual and pan-territory deals, multiple countries are set to air the two-part doc after a successful premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Among the line-up of channels […]

My5, All4 bolster services with content deal, SVOD function

Viacom-owned catch-up service My5 has struck a content deal with Israeli cable group Hot. The partnership marks the first foreign-language content deal for Channel 5’s catch-up service, which was opened up to third-party content last summer, linking with the likes of PBS America, A+E Networks’ Blaze, Together channel, Little Dot Studios and BET. Under the […]

Discovery strikes deal with C4 for Jamie Oliver content

Discovery has signed a significant deal with the UK’s Channel 4 to acquire a catalogue of Jamie Oliver and other lifestyle programming for Food Network, its free-to-air lifestyle and entertainment channel. The deal includes thirteen new titles and the relicense of eight previously acquired titles. Food Network will now carry Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food, Jamie’s […]

Michael Jackson estate threatens HBO with $100m lawsuit over Leaving Neverland

Michael Jackson’s estate is threatening to sue HBO for $100m over its controversial sex abuse documentary about the late singer, Leaving Neverland. The two-part, four-hour doc, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last month, centres on Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege that they were molested by the pop singer for years as […]

C4 becomes The Goldbergs’ UK home as spin-off series lands at E4

Channel 4 channels and platforms will become the UK home for ABC comedy The Goldbergs and its spin-off series Schooled, after an expanded deal with Sony Pictures Television. Every episode of The Goldbergs will now be available to stream exclusively on C4’s streamer All 4, while Schooled – a Goldbergs spin-off – arrives on its […]

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 […]