UK’s Channel 5 explores universe & married life in doc-heavy slate

Paramount-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has unveiled a slate of upcoming new commissions and returning shows across scripted and unscripted, launching in the coming year. Announced by CCO Ben Frow at the Channel 5 Upfront in London on Wednesday evening, the factual titles include the 3 x 60-minute Tim Peake: Secrets of Our Universe, from […]

News round-up: Phil Gurin launches format firm; C5’s ‘Desperate Measures’ travels; Love Nature unveils ‘Gladiators’

Phil Gurin launches format firm Format veteran Phil Gurin has launched a US-based global distribution company to represent formats from global producers. TGC Global Entertainment (TGC GE)’s launch slate consists of entertainment, factual and documentary formats, series and specials, selected on the basis of their international appeal. The slate includes Canada’s Ultimate Challenge, entertainment formats […]

News round-up: ‘Stranger Things’ star to front NBCU format; UK’s C5 returns to ‘Madame Blanc’; Cake preps ‘Amelia’

Stranger Things star to front NBCU format TV Una in Serbia has ordered the 24th international adaptation of NBCUniversal Formats’ entertainment show, Hollywood Game Night, with Nikola Đuričko (Stranger Things) hosting. The Serbian show, known as Holivudiranje, is a co-production between NBCUniversal Formats and TV Una. The reality competition format invites viewers to an exclusive showbiz […]

News round-up: Showtime greets ‘Fellow Travelers’; C5 orders true crime drama; PBS Distribution takes ‘Ridley’ NA sales rights

Showtime greets ‘Fellow Travelers’ US network Showtime has ordered Fellow Travelers, a political thriller starring and executive produced by Matt Bomer (Doom Patrol). Co-produced by Fremantle with Showtime, the limited series is based on the novel by Thomas Mallon and goes into production this July in Toronto. The story chronicles the volatile romance of two […]

iZen UK strikes creative diversity pact with Gabriella Lafor’s Line Light

Chalkboard TV, Storyboard Studios and Clapperboard owner iZen UK has entered a creative diversity partnership with a new talent and employment consultancy set up by ITN Productions’ Gabriella Lafor. The deal will see Lafor’s Line Light working with all three iZen UK companies to provide access to creative and production talent from outside of the […]

What Spanish hero ‘El Cid’ can teach us about global production

Jose Velasco, founder & president of Spain-based iZen Group, tells TBI about his company’s epic new drama El Cid for Amazon Prime – and why the show’s protagonist shares many qualities with those working in the international production business. The role of the independent producer in these interesting times is not dissimilar to that of the medieval heroes, […]

Producer-led iZen group launches new Clapperboard drama label

iZen, the producer-owned content group comprising of a network of independent production companies in Spain, the Middle East and the UK, has launched new drama label Clapperboard.  The new scripted prodco will be overseen by Mike Benson, MD of UK indie Chalkboard and director of iZen’s UK strategy. Benson will also be bringing in senior […]