David Abraham

Wonderhood builds unscripted team with BBC’s Anstiss leading

Wonderhood Studios, the business created by ex-Channel 4 chief David Abraham, is set to establish its content studios with the appointment of a production and development team in unscripted programming, led by BBC Studios’ Samantha Antstiss. Anstiss (pictured) will join the company, launched in April, in October as a co-founder and creative director for unscripted. […]

Ex-C4 chief reappears to launch Wonderhood Studios

David Abraham (pictured right), the former CEO of Channel 4 (C4), is set to launch Wonderhood Studios. The launch of Wonderhood Studios is a response to the fundamental changes affecting all media, according to the company. It will be structured in the form of adjacent studios: one will produce programming across multiple genres for broadcasters […]

C4 sets £695m record spend on programming

UK broadcaster Channel 4 (C4) made revenues of £995 million (US$1.28 billion) and spent a record £695 million on programming in 2016. The spend on programming is up 10% from 2015, with £501 million of it spent on original British titles produced across the UK, according to the broadcaster’s full-year financial results. Some £169 million […]

C4’s Franses steps down from Indie Growth Fund

Laura Franses, head of Channels 4 (C4)’s Indie Growth Fund, has resigned her post and will step down later this year after three and a half years in the role. Jonathan Allan, commercial director at C4, will lead a process to hire the replacement for Frances. Franses joined C4 in 2014 to help launch the […]

Jay Hunt to leave Channel 4

Jay Hunt is to leave her post of chief creative officer at Channel 4 after dropping out the race to become CEO at the UK broadcaster. She will leave the network after seven years, and has been linked with a move to the US after spending several weeks there in recent months. Her time at […]

Channel 4 privatisation off, relocation possible

The UK government is expected to announce that it will not privatise UK broadcaster Channel 4, but that moving its base from London remains possible. Outgoing CEO David Abraham emailed staff last night to tell them that UK culture secretary Karen Bradley is expected to announce plans to privatise Channel 4 have been shelved in […]

Channel 4 chief leaving to start new business

Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham is leaving the UK broadcaster later this year to launch a new media business in 2018. Abraham has been at the public service commercial broadcaster since 2010 and leaves amid further questions over its future structure. The channel appeared to have weathered a storm last year amid suggestions that the government […]

INTV: C4 is keeping up with Facebook – CEO

Channel 4 now has 15 million registered All4 users and can compete with the likes of YouTube and Facebook in terms of online video viewing and ad revenues, David Abraham told delegates at the ongoing INTV conference in Israel. The UK broadcaster’s CEO told TBI that as it focuses on digital this year it plans […]

C4, Stephen Lambert make VR investments

Channel 4, The Economist and Stephen Lambert have invested in a new UK-based VR company called Parable. Officially launched today, Parable was co-founded by former president of Economist Films, Nicholas Minter-Green, and former director of programmes at ITV Studios-owned prodco The Garden David Wise. Channel 4 invested in the business through its Laura Franses-led Independent […]

Hugh Laurie, Night Manager team confirmed for INTV

Hugh Laurie and several of the team behind The Night Manager will give a keynote address at the upcoming INTV event. Laurie will be joined by Susanne Bier and Stephen Garrett, and give the closing keynote at the conference in the wake of the success of the BBC-AMC thriller. INTV is being held Jerusalem, Israel […]

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