Channel 4 inks deal for Lambert’s Tattoo Shop

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has ordered Tattoo Shop from Studio Lambert, a fact-ent series in which tattoo artists fix people’s skin-art mistakes. The show will be set within the titular Tattoo Shop and feature a crew of resident artists who set about fixing different variations of tattoos gone wrong. The one-hour series is for UK commercial pubcaster […]

Channel 4 welcomes ABC’s Goldbergs

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has bought The Goldbergs, which is one of the rare successful network comedies of recent years. Channel 4’s youth-skewed channel E4 will run season one of the show early next year following the deal with distributor Sony Pictures Television. This comes soon after Channel 4 bought another SPT comedy, freshman series […]

E4 bags Supernatural after Sky Living drop

UK digital channel E4 has acquired rights to US demon hunter drama Supernatural after pay TV channel Sky Living decided to drop it from its schedule. E4 has closed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution that will see the Wonderland Sound and Vision and Warner Bros. Television-produced show launch in early 2015. Paycaster […]

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 […]

Worldwide sells BBC America royal comedy back into the UK

UK channel E4 has acquired Almost Royal, the first original comedy to come out of BBC Worldwide’s commissioning drive. The series was made for Worldwide’s US cable channel BBC America and follows two fictional young minor royals on their first trip to the US. Worldwide sells the series internationally and senior sales executive Kate Childs […]

ITV recruits Julian Bellamy

ITV has poached Julian Bellamy from Discovery and he will replace the outgoing Denise O’Donoghue as managing director of its content unit ITV Studios. Bellamy is currently creative director and head of commissioning at Discovery Networks International and has been instrumental in the factual channel operators original programming drive. At ITV he will succeed Denise […]

TV4 poaches E4, More4 channel manager

Swedish pay and free TV broadcaster TV4 has named Channel 4 executive Karolina Stallwood as channel head for its TV4 Film, TV4 Gold and TV4 Comedy services. Stallwood was previously channel manager of UK broadcaster Channel 4’s E4 and More4 channels, having joined from Comedy Central, where she was programme director, in 2012. She has […]

News brief: Glee’s Kevin McHale gets UK panel show pilot

UK digital channel E4 is piloting Virtually Famous, a panel show that will be hosted by Glee star Kevin McHale. The US star will preside over the celebrity-themed show with Jessica Kanppett (The Inbetweeners Movie) and UK comedian James Acaster the team captains. The pilot was filmed this week in London. The producers said the […]

E4 tries out ALT drama

UK youth-skewed channel E4 has commissioned a psychological drama-comedy in which “the worst case scenario is actually only just the beginning”. ALT comes from writer Jamie Mathieson (Being Human) and a pilot will TX in the spring. Ben Caron is directing. The drama follows a young everyman character (Gethin Anthony, Game of Thrones), who is […]

Channel 4 pulls YouTube shows

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has taken down all of its programming from Google-owned streaming service YouTube. Users attempting to access shows such as Peep Show, Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and Gogglebox from the Channel 4, E4 and More4 YouTube pages were met with a message informing them the shows had been pulled in order to […]