Danny Horan

Channel 4 commissions Barcroft Studios for slate of ‘4Real’ films

Channel 4 has commissioned Barcroft Studios for a slate of short-form digital shorts under the ‘4Real’ banner.  The commission is the first originating from Channel 4’s recently formed Digital Creative Unit (DCU) — a Leeds-based initiative intended to commission and produce digital content to reach audiences on social and digital platforms. 4Real is the venture’s […]

Channel 4’s Horan: bring me “bigger, fewer” and international ideas

Channel 4’s newly installed factual boss Danny Horan is keen to do away with “pragmatic commissioning” and wants to open up the factual slate to more international co-productions. “There is nothing [on the slate] that is saying anything about the world around us in a contemporary way, so how will we get new stuff through […]

Exclusive: Channel 4, Discovery partner on Ice Age doc

Warner Bros-owned producer Renegade is making a 90-minute doc on an expansive discovery of Ice Age remains for Channel 4 and Discovery Science – marking one of the first co-productions between the two broadcasters in several years. The film, which is yet untitled, has been commissioned out of Science Channel in a rare international co-production […]

Professor Green making weed, child poverty docs

UK rapper Professor Green is making a pair of docs about social issues for the BBC’s online youth-skewing service BBC Three. Professor Green: The Truth About Weed and Professor Green: Living in Poverty (working titles) will be made by ITV prodco The Garden for the BBC. In the first film, Green (aka Stephen Manderson) will […]