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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 […]

UK’s Channel 5 picks up shows from seven BAME-led indies

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned a range of projects from seven BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic)-owned and managed production companies, following the launch of its BAME indie initiative last year. Set up in collaboration with the TV collective, the initiative teamed nine prodcos with Channel 5 commissioners, with the aim of supporting their […]

ViacomCBS’ Channel 5 commissions three UK prodcos for century-spanning history series

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned three British indie prodcos – Middlechild, Raise the Roof Productions and Lambent Productions – to work together to produce a new series of feature-length historical documentaries – 1000 Years Of History. Each company will produce two 120-minute episodes for the six-part series, which will tell the stories of six […]

ViacomCBS networks in UK, Oz link up for ‘The Royals Revealed’

ViacomCBS-backed Channel 5 in the UK and Network 10 in Australia have joined forces on an eight-part show about the British monarchy. The Royals Revealed will be co-funded by the two ViacomCBS networks and marks the second content partnership between the UK and Australian free-to-air networks since the completion of the ViacomCBS merger. The show […]

UK takes ‘significant step’ as Covid-19 production blueprint unveiled

The UK’s major broadcasters including the BBC, ITV and Sky have unveiled new industry-wide guidelines for producing TV, as the business attempts to work around Covid-19 restrictions. Channel 4, Channel 5, Scotland’s STV, news and factual producer ITN, the Association for Commercial Broadcasters and On-Demand Services (COBA) and producer body Pact have also joined the […]

Travel Channel, UK’s Channel 5 go digging into Egypt’s past

The Travel Channel in the US and ViacomCBS-owned Channel 5 in the UK have commissioned a new series from Blink Films following leading Egyptologists, archaeologists and forensic investigators as they dig deeper into the stories of some of the world’s most famous mummies. The 6 x 60-minute series, which will be called Mummy Mysteries on […]

UK broadcasters join call for freelance support from government

The UK’s public service broadcasters (PSB) have added their voices to the cries of support for freelancers working in the broadcasting industry who are facing a sudden lack of income due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In a joint letter to UK chancellor Rishi Sunak, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and S4C highlighted the […]