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Channel 4 explores plight of endangered species with Levison Wood docuseries

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a docuseries following explorer and writer Levison Wood as he tracks down some of the most iconic and endangered animals on the planet. The 3 x 60-minute series, Levison Wood: Walking With… (working title) is being co-produced by UK-US firm October Films and Blackmane Media and will follow Wood to […]

October Films recruits Pulse’s Mohammed Adnan to head US development

UK-US producer October Films has appointed Mohammed Adnan as head of development, US, as the company looks to expand its North America operations. Based in New York, Adnan joins the company from Pulse Films, where he served as global head of development and oversaw the company’s non-fiction arm in the US, UK and Europe. His […]

ID & Discovery+ strike Octavia Spencer & October Films deal

Warner Bros. Discovery has struck an “expansive partnership” with actress and producer Octavia Spencer, her Orit Entertainment banner and UK-based October Films. The pact, struck via WBD’s true crime network ID and streamer Discovery+, will see the parties developing producing multiple projects for the services. Spencer will executive produce on the show, with the deal’s […]

Pact & DiVA create 80 UK apprenticeships via Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme, run by UK screen trade association Pact and media apprenticeships provider DiVA, has created 80 industry placements for young people. The UK-based initiative, which is part of the UK government’s Plan For Jobs, aims to create six-month work placements for young people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk […]

News round-up: ‘Model Railway’ goes Dutch; Sky scores Liverpool FC doc; South Africa opens ‘Love Island’; Oz Directors’ Guild hire

Great Model Railway Challenge leads to Netherlands NPO Max in the Netherlands has optioned rights for a local remake of The Great Model Railway Challenge, following a deal with distributor Silverlining Rights. The format was sold to MGM-backed prodco Concept Street last month and NPO has now optioned a Dutch version of the show, which was […]

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 […]

October Films veteran Denman Rooke steps down

October Films’ executive chairman Denman Rooke is stepping down from his position, after almost 25 years at the company. Denman joined October Films in 1995, originating, directing and executive producing observational documentaries as well as science, history and current affairs series. He became MD in 2004, exec producing shows such as The Beslan Siege as […]

Amazon scores football docuseries with Starbucks, October Films, Brutal Media

Amazon Prime Video is preparing to make a docuseries about football available to its subscribers that has been produced with companies including the production arm of coffee chain Starbucks. This Is Football, produced by UK indie October Films in collaboration with Brutal Media and Starbucks Productions, will explore the emotions, stories and passions around the […]

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