October Films


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 […]

BBC Three, October link for doc with Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson

BBC Three has commissioned October Films for a doc fronted by Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson.  Nelson, who has been with the all-female UK pop group since its formation in 2011, is to explore body image and mental health in the hour-long film, which will look at the impact of growing up in a social media-fuelled age of […]

How Netflix is shaking up the documentary world

Netflix is raising the bar for factual to premium levels and introducing ‘box sets’ and ‘binge-watching’ into commissioning vocabulary, all while growing traditional broadcasters’ budgets and ambitions for documentary. Tim Dams reports. Netflix has famously spent its way into the homes of viewers around the world by backing original dramas such as The Crown, 13 […]

October Films hires Vice exec for topical titles

October Films has hired Vice’s Neil Breakwell as head of topical programmes. In the newly created role, Breakwell will develop and executive produce new programming with a particular focus on live shows, fast response documentaries, younger skewing formats and integration across digital platforms. Breakwell was previously VP of news and current affairs at Vice Studios. […]

October films wins BBC4 commission to create the perfect body

BBC4 has commissioned a landmark production from UK producer October Films, in which Professor Alice Roberts will set out to design and create a scientifically perfect body. Entitled Can Science Make Me Perfect?, the 90 minute special will see anatomist Roberts visit experts to get scientific inspiration to help her redesign the flaws out of […]

October launches studio targeting US market

October Films has launched a new prodco, October Studios, for the US market offering high-end reconstruction and drama filming support for the international market. October Studios, based in the UK and now run by October execs Steve Murphy and Josh Wilkins, will offer multiple studios, standing sets, costume and prop stores, as well as budgeting, […]

BBC2 greenlights October Films Iraq production

BBC 2 in the UK has commissioned a two-hour mini-series from UK producer October Films, in which journalist and former British soldier Adnan Sarwar returns to Iraq to explore how the country has changed since he served there during the Iraq War. Sarwar went to Iraq in 2003 as a 24-year-old soldier with the British […]

October lands exclusive deal with Rio Ferdinand director

October Films has signed an exclusive partnership with the director behind Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad, Matt Smith. The deal will see Smith exclusively producing future projects for UK and international broadcasters and platforms through October, in return for investment in development and production support. Smith directed or produced major factual titles in the […]

October hires Atlantic’s Peachey in senior rejig

London-based October Films has hired the CFO of Atlanic Productions and promoted development bosses in the UK and US as part of a company restructure aimed at growing the business. Nathan Peachey comes in as group finance director as the factual-focused indie looks set to expand through new joint ventures or acquisitions. October said his […]

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