UK’s Channel 5 explores universe & married life in doc-heavy slate

Paramount-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has unveiled a slate of upcoming new commissions and returning shows across scripted and unscripted, launching in the coming year. Announced by CCO Ben Frow at the Channel 5 Upfront in London on Wednesday evening, the factual titles include the 3 x 60-minute Tim Peake: Secrets of Our Universe, from […]

BBCS in LA hires Mission Control & Mentorn alum for unscripted development

BBC Studios (BBCS) has hired a former ITV Studios and Tinopolis exec to a new LA-based role overseeing unscripted development. Nicholas Oakley becomes SVP of unscripted development at BBCS’s LA Production division, reporting into Ryan O’Dowd, EVP of music & entertainment. His remit includes conceiving and developing original ideas, as well as exploring both US and international formats […]

TLC makes Katie Hopkins series

TLC has ordered If Katie Hopkins Ruled the World, a fact-ent series starring the controversial ex-Apprentice star. The 7x60mins studio series will see Hopkins, dubbed ‘Britain’s most outspoken personality’ by Discovery, joined by celebrities as they debate a rule on everyday life. The studio audience then votes on whether the rule is accepted or thrown […]

Passion cuts pre-NATPE Latin deals

Ahead of the upcoming NATPE programming market in Miami, Passion Distribution has closed a raft of deals with broadcasters in Latin America. Brazil’s leading broadcaster TV Globo has ordered more episodes of the local version of the Worst Driver format, meaning an extended run for the previously announced second season of the show. Globo makes […]

Ex-Target sales boss lands NBCU formats role

Former Target Entertainment head of sales Hannah Worrall has joined NBCUniversal’s international formats team, TBI has learned. Worrall has landed the new role of VP, format sales at NBCU International Production, the Comcast-owned company confirmed this morning. She will report to NBCUI’s senior VP, formats and production Yvonne Pilkington, who recently returned from maternity leave. […]

RDF makes factual appointments, wins BBC commissions

UK producer RDF Television has appointed new heads of factual entertainment and popular factual and won a trio of commissions from UK public broadcaster the BBC. Dan Barraclough has been appointed head of factual entertainment filling a role vacated by Tayte Simpson who left RDF earlier this year to head up factual development at Mentorn. […]