Channel 5

Channel 5 boards train ob doc

The UK’s Channel 5 has commissioned an ob doc that will follow the working lives of staff at one of Britain’s largest train operators. First Great Western (working title) will look at daily working life of the drivers, managers, ticket inspectors, technicians and porters at the titular company. UK indie Twofour and GroupM Entertainment are […]

Pact: Channel 5 attitude toward indies ‘worrying’

UK producer body Pact has labelled the terrestrial broadcaster Channel 5’s relationship with local indies “worrying” following results from a new survey. Pact’s membership survey rated Channel 5 as ‘disappointing’ at best in key areas of concern – ‘appreciation of cash flow issues’, ‘dealings regarding terms of trade’ and ‘getting paid on time’. This compared […]

BBC on the attack in retrans battle with Sky

The BBC has raised the prospect of charging BSkyB to carry its channels as it attempts to force the satellite broadcaster to stop charging £5 million a year in retransmission fees. The UK’s four main terrestrial broadcasters – the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – pay an estimated £10 million (US$15 million) to […]

Wentworth locks down Oz’s best-ever pay TV ratings

The inaugural episode of Prisoner Cell Block H reboot Wentworth has become the most-watched show ever on Australian pay TV aside from sport. The series airs on pay TV operator Foxtel’s SoHo channel. The opening episode went out on May 1 and, factoring in all airings, notched an average audience of 631,000. The ratings make […]

Zodiak teams with National Film and TV School for TV scholarship

Producer and distributor Zodiak Media has joined forces with the UK National Film and Television School and will start offering an annual TV production and entertainment scholarship. Zodiak will sponsor a student on the NFTS TV Producing and Directing Television Entertainment course in 2014 and 2015, with the first scholarship awarded later this year. The […]

Bachelor looks for love with Oz commission

Network Ten has commissioned an Australian version of The Bachelor after licensing the format from Warner Bros. International Television Production. MasterChef producer Shine Australia will produce the primetime series, which sees a single man eliminating bachelorettes to find one to will begin a relationship with. Production will begin shortly, with the series going to air […]

Sky pays tribute to Milligan after speedboat tragedy

UK satcaster BSkyB has paid tribute to its ad sales managing director, Nick Milligan, who died along with his daughter in a speedboat accident over the weekend. Tributes poured in for Sky Media managing director Milligan, who had worked in TV ad sales for three decades for companies such as Sky, ITV and Channel 5, […]

News brief: Channel 5 buys Prisoner Cell Block H reboot

UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5 has acquired Wentworth, the upcoming reboot of Prisoner Cell Block H. The 1980s cult Australian women’s prison drama is being remade and distributed by FremantleMedia International, which launched it at MIPTV. The story revisits the Wentworth Correctional Centre and some characters of the original series. In Australia, the 10x1hr series […]

Channel 5 orders polygamy, amnesia docs

The UK’s Channel 5 has commissioned a trio of one-off documentaries on subjects including Britain’s only openly polygamous family and teenage amnesia. The 1x60min films are Ellie’s World (working title) and Teen Amnesia (w/t) from OR Media/GroupM Entertainment and The Man Who Ate Himself to Death from Electric Sky. Ellie’s World follows a ten year-old girl […]

Channel 5 to broadcast student ‘sext’ doc series

The UK’s Channel 5 claims to be the first major broadcaster to air a student TV project after commissioning a light-hearted documentary on ‘sexting’ from pupils studying at the National Film & Television School. Sexts (working title) comes from the NFTS’s TV entertainment department, with recent graduates and current students working on the project and […]