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UK commissions: Channel 5 reveals 2020 slate; BBC Three, Showtime renews ‘Back to Life’

Channel 5 reveals slate of 2020 programmes  Access-driven documentaries, history programming, natural history and heartland factual highlight a new slate of programmes heading to Viacom-owned broadcaster Channel 5 in 2020. Keo Films’ Inside Extinction Rebellion (w/t; 1 x 60 minutes) has secured access to the environmental activists, who use creativity and people power to raise awareness of […]

BritBox UK launches with Channel 4 and distribution deals in place

Channel 4 has joined the BBC and ITV’s joint streaming service BritBox as it launches in the UK almost nine months after plans were first confirmed. The fledgling platform has struck a three-year deal with C4 for more than 1,000 hours of content from catch-up service All 4, including comedy, drama and non-scripted programmes, as […]

UK parliament calls for high-end tax relief reform, terms of trade review

The UK’s high-end tax relief for drama should be reformed and producers’ Terms of Trade with broadcasters should be reviewed, according to a far-reaching report into the country’s TV industry. The UK’s House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee has been reviewing the impact of SVOD services on the UK’s public service broadcasters (PSB’s) such […]

Young Audiences Content Fund reveals first recipients from $75m scheme

The UK’s Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF) has revealed the first recipients to benefit from its recently launched £57m ($75m) development and production scheme, with almost £4m handed out to date. The YACF was unveiled in April and has been devised to support the creation of new programming for children and young audiences aged up […]

Channel 5 boards Blink Films’ Titanic feature documentary

Channel 5 in the UK has ordered a feature documentary from UK-based Blink Films that charts the series of errors that caused the Titanic to sink. 10 Mistakes That Sank The Titanic (1 x 90 minutes) follows the famed ship’s journey from construction to catastrophe, and reveals that there was no single factor which caused […]

Channel 5 orders ‘Hate Crime: Uncensored’ from Zeppelin

Channel 5 has commissioned a doc on hate crime from Zeppelin Films. The Viacom-owned broadcaster has ordered Hate Crime: Uncensored (1 x 60 minutes) from the Rich Kids Go Homeless producer. The film will examine the abusive and racist language and behaviour on the streets of Britain, featuring victims of hate crimes speaking out about the abuse […]

Channel 5 to pair commissioners with nine BAME prodcos

Channel 5 is teaming up with an ennead of BAME prodcos in a bid to improve representation across programme-makers for the channel. The Viacom-owned broadcaster has linked with nine small to medium-sized BAME prodcos, who will partner with commissioners to develop mainstream ideas and deliver commissions. The independent production companies originate from Northern Ireland, Yorkshire, […]

Bill Nighy boards Channel 5’s ‘World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys’

Channel 5 in the UK has ordered a trio of shows from Argonon Group’s BriteSpark Films, including a series about train journeys that has actor Bill Nighy onboard. The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys will explore trips across Canada, Europe and New Zealand through the characters who travel, work and live near them, with Nighy […]

Viacom’s Channel 5, Comedy Central join BritBox UK

Viacom’s UK channels, Comedy Central and Channel 5, have joined the BBC and ITV’s joint SVOD BritBox. The deal – for which discussions have been ongoing for more than a year, long before the service was formally announced – will see hundreds of hours of British content from the Viacom channels joining BritBox from launch. […]

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