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Channel 4 goes Inside the EU with doc series

Channel 4 (C4) has commissioned a series from October Films that follows a group of British MEPs in their journey through Brexit. Inside the EU (working title) is a 3×60 minute series that has access to the European Parliament and charts the highs and lows of some of the UK’s most misunderstood public servants. The […]

Discovery ups stake in Oprah Winfrey Network

Discovery Communications has paid US$70 million to gain a majority stake in the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which it jointly owns with the celebrity. Discovery has upped its stake from near 45% to 70% in the deal. This will allow the network to consolidate its financial reports with OWN. Oprah Winfrey will remain chief executive […]

Wolter’s Endemol Shine exit triggers North Europe rejig

Top Endemol Shine Group exec Marcus Wolter is to leave the company, sparking a restructure in Germany and Northern Europe. Wolter is CEO of Endemol Shine Germany (ESG) and chairman of Endemol Shine Northern Europe (ESNE), but will leave at the end of January 2018. ESG CFO Ute März, head of strategic development Gabi Abegg […]

Fox launches Nat Geo on-demand service in Europe & Africa

Fox Networks Europe & Africa is following up the launch of on-demand service Fox+ with a new non-demand factual service, National Geographic+. The new service will provide access to National Geographic’s catalogue of content, organised thematically, with portals to serve interest areas including Space, Egypt, World Cultures, Deep-sea Exploration and Human Body. Fox said that […]

Tinopolis names new COO

UK-based production and distribution firm Tinopolis Group has created a COO position for its British factual producers, and handed it to a key company executive. Naomi Carter (pictured) has been named in the role, having previously been group director of production at the company, which houses prodcos such as Mentorn Media and A. Smith & […]

The studio on Ramsay’s street – celebrity chef on his next moves

In two decades, Gordon Ramsay has gone from making food programming a staple diet for the mainstream to hard-hitting documentaries. The celebrity chef talks to Kaltrina Bylykbashi about his journey in television and what’s coming next with his new All3Media-backed studio venture With 20-plus years in the television industry under his belt, Gordon Ramsay has […]

Cineflix launches prodco with Salzman Jr.

Canada’s Cineflix Media is backing a new Montreal-based indie led by the son of co-CEO Glen Salzman. Connect3 will focus on coproductions for the North American and international markets. Pablo Salzman will lead the business as president, with Cineflix a joint venture partner. The exec, who’s been with Cineflix since 2009, will focus on working […]

Endemol Shine US unscripted chief exits

Endemol Shine USA head of unscripted Rob Smith is exiting the business. His departure comes after 15 years, having joined predecessor business Endemol USA in 2002. This comes after Endemol Shine North America (ESNA) hired former Spike TV programming chief Sharon Levy as president of unscripted and scripted television in August. “The timing was right […]

ITV’s Harry & Meghan ties knot with nets

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement has been good news for UK-based distributor Orange Smarty. ITV documentary Prince Harry & Meghan: Truly, Madly, Deeply, which Orange Smarty sells internationally, is headed to a number of networks as royal fever ramps up upon news. CBC in Canada, Seven Network in Australia, W9 in France, TVNZ in […]

History to investigate Grenfell Tower tragedy

History in the UK will investigate tragic events that changed Britain such as the Grenfell Tower fire in a new six-part series. James Nesbitt: Disasters That Changed Britain will debut on the A+E Networks pay TV in early 2018, with the eponymous Nesbitt (Cold Feet, Lucky Man) presenting. Each self-contained episode will deal with a […]

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