Jay Hunt

Peep Show creators, C4 exec create comedy indie

The creators of hit comedy series Peep Show and outgoing head of comedy at Channel 4 are joining forces to create a new UK indie. Channel 4’s comedy chief Phil Clark is leaving the broadcaster later in 2017, five years after he joined from Peep Show prodco Objective. He will start the new, as yet […]

Electus sells David Blaine special into the UK

Electus International has shopped a new David Blaine special, Beyond Magic, into the UK, with free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4 buying the magician’s new show. Australia’s Nine Network and Canada’s CTV have also tapped US-based Electus for the special. The special will have celeb appearances from Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Beckham, Drake, Johnny Depp and John Travolta among others […]

BBC: C4 needs regulating after Bake Off coup

The BBC has called for greater content regulation to be imposed on Channel 4, in the wake of its coup in taking the rights to the Great British Bake Off. At the RTS London Conference this afternoon, the BBC’s director of strategy and education, James Purnell, launched an outright attack on Channel 4, claiming that […]

Channel 4 snatches Bake Off from BBC

UK terrestrial Channel 4 has poached the UK’s highest rating show, The Great British Bake Off, snatching the rights from the BBC. The commercial pubcaster has pulled off the coup after drawn-out negotiations between producer Love Productions and the BBC broke down over renewal pricing. The Channel 4 agreement will last three years, with the […]

Channel 4 sale talk ‘destabilising’

The chief creative officer at UK broadcaster Channel 4 has said ongoing uncertainly about whether the territory’s government plans to privatise the public broadcaster is “destabilising”. Former government culture minister John Whittingdale had seemed set on changing C4’s operating model before exiting this summer. Jay Hunt told Edinburgh she understood a deal to take the […]

Channel 4 axes Deal or No Deal

UK terrestrial Channel 4 has axed long-running studio gameshow format Deal or No Deal. C4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt has pulled the plug on the series after eleven years, with a ‘farewell tour’ – Deal or No Deal on Tour – filming across the UK seeing it off. Deal or No Deal, which rebooted […]

BBC poaches Channel 4 drama chief

Channel 4’s drama chief Piers Wenger is leaving the UK broadcaster to join the territory’s pubcaster, the BBC. Wenger (pictured) has beaten off competition to land the role of controller, BBC drama commissioning, which is th most high-profile position in British sciripted television. He begins this autumn. In turn, Channel 4 has promoted deputy head […]

Sony, C4 making Philip K. Dick drama series

UK broadcaster Channel 4 and Hollywood studio Sony are teaming to make Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick, an anthology series based on the titular sci-fi author’s work. Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston will exec produce the show, with Battlestar Galactica scribe Ronald. D Moore writing the series. Moore has worked with Sony […]

Walter Presents passes 1m views in two weeks

Channel 4’s new on-demand service for foreign-language drama, Walter Presents, has notched up more than one million views in just two weeks. According to the UK broadcaster, the 11 titles currently available on Walter Presents – which launched on January 3 – have now attracted 1.1 million views on Channel 4’s on-demand platform All 4. […]

Channel 4 names All 4 curator

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has named Charlie Palmer as managing editor of All 4, the new brand for its on-demand offering. In this newly created role, Palmer (pictured) will be charged with delivering the editorial proposition for the platform and curating the user experience. He will be responsible for adapting All 4’s editorial proposition across […]