Channel 5


BFI’s Young Audiences Content Fund: a fund indeed for a nation in need

The UK children’s industry is already feeling the benefit of a new $70m fund but what are the longer repercussions both domestically and internationally? Ann-Marie Corvin reports Funding kids content is a challenge in many territories but the market failure of domestic children’s programming in the UK has finally prompted government intervention. One of its […]

Cameras roll on Awesome Media and Two Rivers’ ‘The Small Hand’ for C5

Cameras have begun rolling on Awesome Media and Two Rivers Media’s adaptation of The Small Hand: A Ghost Story for Viacom-owned broadcaster Channel 5. The Screen Scotland-supported drama (1 x 120 minutes) – the first adaptation of a Susan Hill novel since 2012’s The Woman In Black – sees the Kew Media Group-backed producers uniting […]

Channel 5 takes weekend breaks with ‘MasterChef’ presenter Gregg Wallace

MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace is linking with Rumpus Media for a four-part travelogue series for Channel 5. The Viacom-owned broadcaster has handed a 4 x 60-minute order to Weekend Breaks With Gregg Wallace (working title), which will find the presenter travelling to different European cities for weekends away. The series will find Wallace in the likes […]

Banijay Rights gets first look at Proper Content

Banijay Rights has signed a first-look, multi-year development deal with UK factual specialist Proper Content, which has a raft of projects in the works with broadcasters. The agreement will see Proper Content developing and producing series for the UK and international markets with the distribution arm of Banijay Group, with three factual shows in the […]

Channel 5 orders ‘Neighbours’ spin-off for My5 VOD service

Viacom-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned a spin-off of Australian soap Neighbours for streamer My5. The VOD platform has ordered Neighbours: Erinsborough High, a 5 x 22-minute series that will be produced by Fremantle. The programme will debut on My5 in November alongside Neighbours, which airs daily on Channel 5 and is available via […]

Channel 5’s Frow: Savings from ‘Big Brother’ cancellation didn’t go the distance

Channel 5 director of programmes Ben Frow has called the cancellation of Big Brother a “liberation”, but has noted that the savings did not go “as far as he liked”. Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Frow reiterated his views on the long-running Initial-produced reality programme, noting that it was “time to lose the show”, […]

Channel 5 bolsters scripted slate with three additions

Viacom-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has unveiled a raft of original dramas in the latest phase of a scripted strategy initiated last year by director of programmes Ben Frow. Psychological thriller Penance (3 x 60 minutes), from All3Media-backed West Road Pictures, has been written and created by Kate O’Riordan (Mr Selfridge), and inspired by her […]

TBI Weekly: ViacomCBS, a US deal with global implications

CBS and Viacom’s merger might have created a $30bn US-based content company but a foray into their assets reveals a swathe of interests that stretch far beyond American shores, with implications for companies in the UK, Argentina, Australia, India and beyond. In one light, the deal is simply the latest salvo in the long line […]

Channel 5 readies IWC’s ‘Greatest Warships’

Channel 5 has commissioned a doc series from Banijay Group-owned IWC that explores famous war ships. The 3 x 60-minute series World’s Greatest Warships will tell the stories of iconic warships from 1900 to the present day, taking a closer look at the engineering breakthroughs that enabled them to be gamechangers in the field. Using […]

Viacom plugs My5 channels into Pluto TV

AVOD streamer Pluto TV is to launch three UK channels using content from the VOD platform of its Viacom stablemate Channel 5, focusing on crime, documentary and medical programming. Pluto TV, which was acquired by Viacom for $340m six months ago, will launch My5 Crime, My5 Documentaries and My5 GPs: Behind Closed Doors channels on […]

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