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Channel 5 commissions obs doc series Code Zero

Channel 5 has commissioned Zinc Media’s Reef Television to produce Code Zero: Police Under Attack (working title). The 4 x 60-minute series explores the alarming rise in police ‘Code Zero’ callouts – the radio call issued by officers who need urgent assistance, often when they are under attack or their lives are in danger. As violent […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Filming in North Korea

Ahead of the Nat Geo premiere of North Korea From The Inside With Michael Palin on Sunday (September 30), FOMO Films’ Neil Ferguson, director and producer of the ITN Productions-made documentary, gives TBI his do’s and don’ts of taking a documentary crew and the Monty Python star into uncharted territory.  I’ve just spent the past nine months […]

Nat Geo goes to North Korea with Michael Palin

National Geographic has acquired ITN Productions’ one-off documentary North Korea From The Inside With Michael Palin (pictured).  The US cable channel has picked up the hit Channel 5 special featuring the Monty Python and Vanity Fair star, who travels 1,300 miles across North Korea to interact with locals. Palin’s North Korean sojourn also coincided with the […]

Viacom to benefit from Disney/Fox “distraction”

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish has that the Disney/Fox merger represents a “significant positive” for the business, which stands to benefit from exec changes and creative “dislocation”. Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild event in London on Wednesday (19 September), Bakish said the merger “has provided a very real opportunity to acquire talent in the form […]

Channel 5 axes Big Brother as Endemol sale heats up

Channel 5 has cancelled Big Brother after eight years on the Viacom-owned broadcaster. The channel has confirmed that series 19, which launched on C5 on Friday (14 September), will be the final run for the Initial-produced programme. A finale is slated for 5 November. Spin-off Celebrity Big Brother has also been axed. C5 and producer […]

Channel 5 Blind Date commissioner departs for Channel 4

Blind Date commissioner Sean Doyle is leaving Channel 5 to board Channel 4. The exec – one of C5 boss Ben Frow’s key commissioners – is joining the channel in the new role of deputy head of features and formats, where he will focus on programming for the 8pm slot. Doyle will report into head […]

Elephant House taps ITV Studios label for creative director

Viacom International Media Networks’ (VIMN) Elephant House Studios has hired Ed Taylor, from ITV Studios label Potato, as creative director. Elephant is the BAFTA winning production arm of UK broadcaster Channel 5, and producer of MTV and Comedy Central content in the territory. In the newly created role, Taylor will take overall responsibility for all […]

Channel 5 makes a Cold Call

Channel 5 in the UK has commissioned a new 4 x 60’ drama for transmission next summer. Cold Call, which will star Sally Lindsay, follows the aftermath of a fraudulent call that turns a single mother’s world upside down. Commissioned by Channel 5 commissioning executive Sebastian Cardwell, the broadcaster says it “underlines Channel 5’s ambition […]

Viacom’s Channel 5 bulks up free streaming service My5

Viacom-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has signed four content partnership deals for its streaming service, My5, which will bring 1500 new hours of programming to the platform over the next year. Content partnerships have been secured with PBS America, Together channel, Little Dot Studios and BET, whose programming will appear on the platform from July […]

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 […]

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