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BBC Two plots Harvey Weinstein doc

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is to be the subject of a feature length doc from UK pubcaster BBC Two. Weinstein (WT) will look at the rise and fall of the producer, whose career is in tatters after multiple allegations of rape, sexual assault and other bizarre sexual practices. The doc will run to 90 […]

Ex-Darlow Smithson, Atlantic execs join UK prodco

Former Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) senior exec Ulla Streib Atlantic Productions’ Ruth Roberts are joining at UK-based producer Talesmith. Streib has been named COO, having joined the factual-focused prodco in a consulting capacity in January 2016. She previously spent 16 years as Endemol Shine Group-owned DSP as part of its senior management team. More recently, […]

Mediaworks names new int’l buyer, VOD chief

New Zealand broadcaster Mediaworks has named a new head of acquisitions, a channel manager for TV3 and a boss for VOD platform 3NOW. Ben Quinn (pictured right) has been promoted a post that gives him direct responsibility for acquiring international content for Mediaworks’ TV and digital services. He has worked at Mediaworks for 15 years, […]

Netflix takes hostage series Captive

Global streamer Netflix has commissioned an eight-episode series exploring delicate hostage situations around the world. Simon and Jonathan Chinn’s prodco, Lightbox, and Doug Liman’s Hypnotic are coproducing Captive. The producers have filmed everything from high-profile cases to those kept hidden from the public, looking at the views of the victims, their families, the experienced negotiators, […]

TV’s Big Questions: what is shaping the world of content?

Platforms, technology and marketing aside, what really drives the international TV industry is content. We asked a selection of execs from around the world for the shows that they feel are pioneering, brilliant or genre-defining. In the world of docs, Simon Chinn from Man on Wire prodco Lightbox says 2015 was the year of the […]

BBC Two gets in Vogue

UK terrestrial BBC Two has commissioned an observational documentary about British fashion magazine Vogue as it nears its centenary year. Simon Chinn’s Lightbox will produce the 2x60mins series in association with Richard Macer’s Platform Productions. The doc will explore the magazine’s role and influence in the UK, with filming taking place at fashion shows around […]

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 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 […]

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 […]