Channel 5


Factual round-up: BriteSpark & Beyond link to fund ‘MEM’; Scorpion strikes in Spain; CuriosityStream expands in India

BriteSpark embraces Massive Engineering Mistakes Argonon-owned BriteSpark Films has linked up with Beyond Rights to co-produce a third and fourth season of Massive Engineering Mistakes. The 20 x 60-minute series, which will be sold by Beyond, has also been funded through pre-sales with undisclosed partners, including a yet-to-be announced US network. The show has previously sold to […]

Exclusive: Smithsonian Channel buys ‘Greek Island Odyssey’ from Drive

Smithsonian Channel in the US and Movistar in Spain have picked up a six-part docuseries that tracks historian and classicist Bettany Hughes as she explores the history of the Greek islands. Greek Island Odyssey With Bettany Hughes was produced by Sandstone Global Productions for ViacomCBS-owned Channel 5 in the UK and is sold by UK-based distributor […]

UK’s Channel 5 orders psychological thriller spin on story of Anne Boleyn

ViacomCBS-owned UK comcaster Channel 5 has commissioned a new three-part psychological thriller about Anne Boleyn, the 16th century Queen of England. The as-yet-unnamed series, which is being produced by London-based Fable Pictures and distributed by Sony Pictures Television, will explore the final months of Anne Boleyn’s life as she struggles to survive, to secure a […]

Acorn TV, ViacomCBS’s C5 prep PD James ‘Inspector Dalgliesh’ adaptation

AMC Networks-owned streamer Acorn TV and Channel 5 have joined forces on an adaptation of PD James’ Inspector Dalgliesh Mysteries. Dalgliesh will be made up of three two-part films, each comprising 2 x 60 minutes, and is being produced by All3Media’s Des producer New Pictures, with Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell) starring. The show, which is […]

News round-up: Rabbit hires ex-Keshet exec to sales team; France 5 commissions Trojan War doc; Channel 5 order myth-busting Jack the Ripper series

Rabbit hires ex-Keshet exec to sales team Finland-based Rabbit Films has hired former Keshet International exec Marta Csizmadia as an international sales consultant for the format and finished tape sales team. In her new role, she will manage Rabbit Films’ sales across Central and Eastern Europe, Israel and Sub-Saharan Africa, reporting to Rabbit’s head of […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Where next for linear TV’s Covid boom?

Covid-19 enforced lockdowns around the world had propelled viewing figures for linear networks skywards but with people now able to move more freely, what’s happened to those viewers? Adam Thomas, lead analyst for global TV markets at TBI sibling Omdia, reports. As of the end of August 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused more than […]

News round-up: Hulu, BBC3 and Delevigne set course for ‘Planet Sex’; ‘Sweet Diva’ goes global; Channel 5 bulks up history slate

Hulu and BBC3 set course for ‘Planet Sex’ with Cara Delevigne US streamer Hulu and UK channel BBC Three have jointly commissioned a new documentary exploring human sexuality from Fremantle-owned Naked, to be hosted and co-created by actor and singer Cara Delevingne. The six-part series, which has the working title Planet Sex, will see Delevingne […]

ViacomCBS exec Ben Frow urges others to use ‘no diversity, no commission’ policy

Ben Frow, ViacomCBS Networks UK’s director of programmes, has said other broadcasters should adopt his company’s ‘no diversity, no commission’ policy unveiled earlier this summer to deliver change to the UK TV industry. The Channel 5 operator revealed a raft of new measures in July designed to improve representation both on and off-screen, including the […]

Deals round-up: ‘Aleph’ heads to market’; BBC acquires Awkwafina series; Channel 5 does short-form deal

Global Agency takes ‘Aleph’ to market Global Agency has acquired international distribution rights to the Turkish crime drama Aleph. Produced by May Productions with co-financing by FX Turkey and BluTV, the eight-part series follows two detectives as they pursue a serial killer in Istanbul, uncovering a sinister cult and mysterious symbols along the way. Izzet […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from a week with the kids

From $15m funding slates to discussions about driving diversity, the past week has provided plenty to consider for those in the kid’s TV business. With the 17th edition of the Children’s Media Conference wrapping today, TBI reflects on the key takeaways. Reflecting your audience The conference kicked off on Monday with a keynote panel discussion […]

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