David Abraham


C4-backed Walter Presents launching in the US

Channel 4-backed streaming service Walter Presents will launch in the US in March. The on-demand, which specialises in drama programming from around the world, has proved popular in launch territory the UK. Broadcaster Channel 4, which runs Walter Presents with Global Series Network (GSN), has previously outlined plans to expand Walter Presents internationally, and the […]

Sky buys stakes in UK indies

Sky has acquired a majority stake in a northern England-based prodco, marking the latest round of investment in the UK production sector for the European pay TV operator. Sky has also taken an undisclosed stake in Chrysalis Vision, the drama production vehicle Chris Wright and Mick Pilsworth set up two years ago. The True North […]

Channel 4 buys into Scottish indie

The UK’s Channel 4 has continued its investment in local indies by taking a piece of Glasgow-based producer Firecrest Films. The move represents the latest use of the Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund, which has helped the broadcaster buy into companies such as Barcroft Media Group, Eleven Film, Lightbox Media and The RightsXchange (TRX). Channel […]

Sky, C4 buy into Frank brothers’ digital platform

UK-based pay TV company Sky and commercial broadcaster Channel 4 have both bought into Dial Square 86, the parent company of new rights trading platform TRX. The pair have taken an undisclosed minority stake in the Dial Square, which oversees soon-to-launch digital distribution platform. It is the first time Sky and pubcaster Channel 4 have […]

Channel 4 acquires HBO Europe drama

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has acquired HBO Europe original drama Wataha. The British channel will play the thriller on its foreign-language on-demand service Walter Presents as The Border. Episode one will launch on the broadcast channel later this month as part of a promotional push. Set in Bieszczady, a remote mountainous area that borders Poland […]

Channel 4 buys into Barcroft

Channel 4 has bought a stake in multiplatform content company Barcroft. The UK broadcaster has set up a £20 million (US$28.5 million) Growth Fund to invest in UK content companies and has bought into several indies. This is the first Growth Fund investment in a company that has an extensive presence in the digital space […]

NBCU boss Burke headlines RTS London

NBCUniversal boss Steve Burke will headline the Royal Television Society’s annual London conference later this year. Burke will tell delegates about NBCUniversal’s plans to take advantage of shifts in the content landscape and share his expectations for the future of the industry. “We are delighted to welcome Steve Burke as our opening keynote,” said Theresa […]

C4 reports record year, but future remains unclear

Channel 4 reported record revenues of £979 million (US$1.4 billion) last year, an increased audience share for its main channel and spent more money on content than ever before. Unveiling Channel 4’s 2015 annual report, CEO David Abraham (pictured) said that the UK broadcaster had delivered on its public service remit, at a time when […]

‘Private C4 would be overwhelmingly negative’

Privatising UK broadcaster Channel 4 would be “overwhelmingly negative” for the media industry, and the network’s current public service remit is “comfortably sustainable”, according to a new study. C4’s future is under intense scrutiny, with the current British Conservative government increasingly leaning towards changing its current ad-funded, public service model to a fully commercial broadcast […]

C4 plans to take Walter Presents global

Channel 4 is moving forward with plans to launch its new on-demand service for foreign-language drama, Walter Presents, outside of the UK. Speaking at Enders Analysis’ Media & Telecoms conference in London this week, Channel 4 CEO David Abraham said the broadcaster is “now in talks with potential international partners” about a wider rollout of the […]