Keo Films


UK’s Channel 4 unveils natural history, true crime shows for 2020

Channel 4 in the UK has unveiled a raft of new shows for 2020, with a focus on wildlife and true crime programming that includes a three-parter featuring adventurer Levison Wood. Walking With Elephants is produced by October Films and will follow Wood (Walking The Nile) as he tracks the movements of elephants on their […]

Dahill exits as Keo Films Australia closes

Former ABC exec Brendan Dahill is exiting Keo Films Australia, which is to be closed down following a review. UK-based Keo Films confirmed the Australian wing would shutter on December 31 despite recent success with the ABCs’ War on Waste and SBS’s top-performing local series Struggle Street. This comes after an operational review, and the […]

Keo Films CEO exits

Debbie Manners is leaving her post as CEO of the UK’s Keo Films after five years. She joined the factual-focused prodco in 2012, and then helped it to double its turnover and launch Keo Australia and Field Day Productions. Manners will remain chief executive of Field Day alongside managing director Sally Angel and head of […]

ABC Oz hires indie execs for commissioning roles

ABC TV has recruited Julie Hanna and Stephen Oliver as commissioners in its factual department. The pair will join the Australian pubcaster next month. Hanna joins from the Australian division of Keo Films, where she is currently producing Bullied for the ABC, the local version of edgy factual format The Bully Project. Before Keo she […]

Greenbird invests in new prodco Flicker

British indie incubator Greenbird Media has bought into another UK producer, as it grows its portfolio of investments. Greenbird has taken a stake in Flicker Pictures, which Colleen Flynn and Nick Underhill have founded. The company already has investments in eleven companies, including Kalel Productions, Top Hat Productions and Big Light Productions. Flynn was previously […]

Airport, Brothel sell for Hat Trick

Hat Trick International heads into MIPTV on the back of sales of new factual pair Bangkok Airport and The Mega Brothel. Both shows come out of HTI’s first-look distribution deal with UK indie Keo Films. Bangkok Airport has gone to Nine Network in Australia, Discovery Networks in Sweden, Nat Geo People in Asia, the Middle […]

Pattison named Keo chair as Baring exits post

David Pattison (left) is replacing Zam Baring as the chair of Keo Films and non-exec director Rob Love is leaving the board of the UK indie producer. Pattison’s experience is in the marketing and advertising sector where he set up the PHD agency, which was acquired by Ominicom, and digital business iLG, which was sold […]

Content Media cuts drama deal with Keo Films

Producer and distributor Content Media Corporation has agreed a first-look deal with KEO Films, as the UK indie producer moves into drama programming. KEO is currently known as a factual producer but as its branches out into scripted, Content will support it in terms of development and production and will distribute all resulting programmes internationally. […]

Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott produce BBC One’s Taboo

Hollywood actor Tom Hardy, Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight and director Ridley Scott (pictured) are creating an eight-part period drama for BBC One. Taboo will be produced by the UK wing of Scott Free Productions, Scott Free London; Hardy Son & Baker; and Sonar Entertainment, which will distribute the series outside of the UK. Knight, who […]

News brief: SBS, Viasat pre-buy Own Rainforest

SBS in Australia and European broadcaster Viasat have prebought eco-themed factual entertainment series I Bought My Own Rainforest. Viasat’s deal covers Scandinavia and Central and Eastern Europe. The 3x60mins programme from Keo Films is soon launch on BBC Two and has the UK’s Hat Trick International attached as distributor. The show follows wildlife photographer Charlie […]