Channel 5

UK doc ‘My Big Family Farm’ travels in slew of global deals

Broadcasters in Canada, Australia, and across Europe, Asia, CIS and the Baltics have acquired UK documentary series Our Yorkshire Farm, following a slew of deals with distributor Cineflix Rights. The series, which is selling internationally under the title My Big Family Farm, was originally produced by Renegade Pictures and Motion Content Group for Channel 5 […]

UK’s Channel 5 goes on ‘The Holiday’ with NENT Studios UK

ViacomCBS-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered an adaptation of TM Logan’s bestselling novel The Holiday from NENT Studios UK. The 4 x 60-minute drama has been jointly developed by NENT Studios UK, Projector Pictures, Clapperboard Studios and Night Train Media and will go into production in the first quarter of 2021. It is being written by Michael […]

UK’s BBC, ITV, C4 & C5 ‘unlikely to survive’ without overhaul, says Ofcom

UK broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and ViacomCBS-owned Channel 5 are “unlikely to survive” without an overhaul of media regulation, according to an explosive report from the country’s media body Ofcom. According to its review of public service broadcasting (PSB), UK regulator Ofcom has found that public service content is important to audiences […]

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 […]