David Abraham


Channel 4 buys into sports indie

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has bought a stake in sports programming-focused indie Whisper Films. Former Formula One driver David Coulthard, sports presenter Jake Humphrey and BBC Sports producer Sunil Patel (pictured) set up Whisper in 2010, and have since produce shows for the BBC and ITV and international documentaries that have aired on NBC in […]

Channel 4 launches on-demand service with Thorp

Channel 4 and Jason Thorp are due to launch a new on-demand service dedicated to “the very best foreign-language series” this autumn in the UK, with more roll-outs to follow in other markets. 4World Drama (WT) will be available for free in the UK through Channel 4’s new digital hub, All 4, and will feature […]

Channel 4 buys into another UK indie

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has bought into another emerging indie producer as part of its £20 million (US$30 million) Growth Fund investment strategy. Renowned Films is a three-year-old prodco that former BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Duane Jones co-founded with then-students Max Welch and Tim Withers (all three pictured left). The company is known for securing […]

Channel 4 buys into UK prodco Eleven Film

Channel 4 has bought into UK indie producer Eleven Film. The UK broadcaster said earlier this year it was creating a multi-million pound Growth Fund to start directly investing in small-to-medium sized UK content companies, and announced its first four investments. The deal to buy into Eleven Film is its fifth deal. The size of […]

Channel 4 to drop 4oD for new All 4 service

UK terrestrial broadcaster Channel 4 is set to drop its 4oD on-demand service from next year in favour for a new all-encompassing digital home that will be branded All 4. Channel 4 said that with the evolution of 4oD to All 4, it will present all of its linear channels, digital content and services in […]

C4 boss slams US studios’ UK takeovers

Channel 4’s CEO David Abraham has slammed the growing number of US studios owning UK production companies, claiming the term “super indie” has lost its meaning as a result. In his MacTaggart speech at the Edinburgh International Television Festival last night, Abraham took aim at the Murdoch family and cable TV giant John Malone, all […]

Channel 4 takes stakes in four indies

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has taken minority stakes in four UK indies, with CEO promising the deals are “just the start”. Channel 4 has taken shareholdings in Arrow Media (Ultimate Airport: Dubai), Lightbox (Signal to Noise), Popkorn (Football Behind Bars) and True North (Junior Vets). This comes after Channel 4 launched its £20 million (US$33.2 […]

Film4 poaches Universal Pictures boss

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has named David Kosse as new director of its movie division Film4. Kosse, who is currently president, international, at Universal Pictures will take up his new post on November 1. At Film4 he will oversee the development, financing and green-lighting of all feature films, and support for the production and distribution […]

Tessa Ross exits Channel 4

Channel 4’s controller of film and drama Tessa Ross is exiting the UK broadcaster to become CEO of Britain’s National Theatre. Ross has developed a reputation as one of British drama’s key powerbrokers over the past 13 years at the broadcaster but is stepping down to take on the new role. She joined Channel 4 […]

International media coming to Cambridge

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries, ABC boss Paul Lee and Microsoft Studios chief Nancy Tellem will be in the UK next month for the Royal Television Society’s annual convention. The media get-together is chaired by Channel 4 boss David Abraham and other speakers include UK culture secretary Maria Miller, BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie, YouTube […]