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Channel 5 series charts Michael Palin visit to North Korea

Channel 5 UK has greenlit a landmark travel series from ITN Productions, which follows comedian-turned-traveller Michael Palin on a recent trip to North Korea. Entitled Michael Palin in North Korea (w/t), ITNP says the production secured “unprecedented access” to the country, which is notoriously difficult for foreigners to enter. North Korea has been front page […]

Channel 5 lifts the kilt on Scotland’s hidden treasures

Banijay Group company, IWC, and Motion Content Group, have been commissioned to make a new 5×60 series, Secret Scotland With Susan Calman (w/t), for Channel 5. From Loch Ness to Edinburgh Castle (pictured), presenter Susan Calman unveils Scotland’s most iconic destinations, discovering their untold tales. Secret Scotland looks closely at the history and characters Scotland […]

Acquired taste: what role does acquisition play in drama?

With original programming more important to networks and services than ever, what role does the acquisition play in drama today? Andy McDonald reports The drama landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. The rise of international SVOD giants like Netflix and Amazon has opened up a world of global taste and helped drive an across-the-board […]

Channel 5 & eOne team for two titles

Entertainment One has reached a licensing deal with the UK’s Channel 5 for the female-driven detective series The Detail and Kiefer Sutherland-led drama Designated Survivor (right). The Detail is a ten-episode ensemble drama that centers around three fiercely talented female homicide investigators. Angela Griffin (Brief Encounters), Shenae Grimes-Beech (90210) and Wendy Crawson (Saving Hope) will […]

TBI Weekly: The billion dollar US pay TV drop

This week, damning numbers hinting US pay TV may face significant trouble in its near future emerged. There are some that believe that pay TV platforms may not have a future over the next few years and decades, as the industry continues to fragment and direct-to-consumer services reach astronomical figures in viewership and subscriptions. In […]

Channel 5 orders list of BBC Studios shows

BBC Studios has secured three commissions from Viacom’s Channel 5 in a deal announced today. Two of the three commissions will come from BBC Studio’s factual department in London. Chocolate Dreams: Inside Hotel Chocolat, plus a three-part presenter-led series on the Bermuda Triangle. Both projects will be executive produced by creative director, Lisa Ausden, and […]

Turner & Viacom execs to run Sony UK channels

Two well known British executives will run the Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) portfolio of channels in the UK. SPTN has named Turner’s Steve Hornsey as VP of its UK entertainment portfolio, while Sarah Muller (pictured), who runs children’s programming at Viacom-owned Channel 5, will become VP of the kids and youth portfolio. Hornsey will oversee […]

UK kids industry gets ‘much-needed’ £60m cash injection

The British kids TV industry has been given a £60 million (US$81.3 million) production and distribution boost, in a move that has been described as a “much-needed stimulus” for local producers. The UK government revealed the fund would be available for content broadcast on commercial public TV broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 5, other […]

Channel 5 to launch premium linear channel

Viacom’s UK broadcaster, Channel 5, will launch a “premium channel” focused on high-end factual, documentaries and drama early next year. 5Prime will launch on January 16, 2018 on all broadcast platforms in the UK, replacing the existing My5 TV network. The My5 brand will remain as Channel 5’s on-demand service, which is distributed through all […]

Neighbours getting Turkish remake at Fox

Australian daily soap Neighbours is being remade for the first time in its 32-year history. Turkish network Fox has ordered a local version of the drama following a deal with distributor FremantleMedia International. The original has been consistently broadcast in Australia and the UK for decades, with the first episode appearing down under on Network […]

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