Channel 5


Ofcom sets out new PSB measures in face of “unprecedented challenges”

UK regulator Ofcom has announced a new set of measures to improve the chances of PSBs against the threat posed by international streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. In an announcement made on July 4, Ofcom detailed that it is setting out a “package of measures, including recommendations to Government, to support PSB […]

Sky Cinema hires C5’s Keenan

The former head of acquisitions for Viacom-owned Channel 5 in the UK has left the company to take up a similar role working across movies for pay TV operator Sky. Katie Keenan (pictured) will become head of acquisitions at Comcast-backed Sky next month, with a remit to oversee all movie deals across the pay TV […]

C5 targets BAME indies for programme ideas

Channel 5 has launched a new initiative to encourage more BAME-owned and managed indie production companies to work with the broadcaster. C5 is looking for nine small or medium sized BAME companies, primarily in the regions, which are owned and managed by BAME off-screen talent. They will be matched with C5’s nine-strong commissioning team. C5 […]

Transparent TV unveils ‘Trouble with the Tory Party’ for Channel 5

Channel 5 has commissioned Jazz Gowans’ Transparent TV for a two-part series exploring the problems plaguing the UK’s Conservative Party.  Portillo: The Trouble With The Tory Party features Michael Portillo — a former Secretary of State for Defence and leadership candidate — meeting the leaders, power brokers and party insiders who have attempted to navigate the UK […]

Crackit readies seven shock docs for 5Star, Channel 5

Crackit Productions has won commissions for seven stand-alone ‘shock docs’ from 5STAR and Channel 5. The hour-long one-offs will TX across 5STAR and Channel 5 over the next six months and have titles such as: My Mother the Monster; My Dad The Paedophile; Snatched And Sold for Sex; Eating Ourselves To Death; Hoarders: Buried Alive In My Bedroom; Teacher’s Pet […]

My5 to host UK premieres of Stan, Crackle originals

Viacom-backed VOD service My5 will host the UK premieres of two dramas from Sony Pictures Television. The platform has picked up OTT-originated dramas The Oath and Bloom, which will both air on My5 as first-run exclusives in the UK, bolstering the platform’s drama slate. Mystery drama Bloom (6 x 60 minutes) originally aired on Australian […]

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 […]

Channel 5 uncovers Pompeii, Tutankhamun in ambitious history slate

Viacom-owned broadcaster Channel 5 has unveiled a slate of history programming including series on Tutankhamun, the Nile and the Queen Mother.  The programmes were commissioned by Lucy Willis and follow the success of the event piece Pompeii’s Final Hours: New Evidence as well as hybrid history series Inside the Tower of London.  Blakeway TV has […]

Channel 5 sharpens Shiver’s Red Arrows

Channel 5 has commissioned ITV Studios-owned production label Shiver for a six-part doc series on aerobatic squadron the Red Arrows. The channel has ordered a 6 x 60-minute series entitled The Red Arrows: Kings Of The Sky, which is to air on 9 January at 9pm. The Red Arrows are the world’s most renowned aerobatic […]

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