October Films

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 […]

Channel 4 goes Inside the EU with doc series

Channel 4 (C4) has commissioned a series from October Films that follows a group of British MEPs in their journey through Brexit. Inside the EU (working title) is a 3×60 minute series that has access to the European Parliament and charts the highs and lows of some of the UK’s most misunderstood public servants. The […]

October hires from Channel 5, staffs up

UK prodco October Films has made a two hires and appointed a new head of factual. It has brought in David Arrowsmith from Channel 5 and Josh Wilkins from Discovery, and upped Jos Cushing from within its ranks. Arrowsmith (left) will head up development in the UK, having launched the in-house development and production unit […]

Motoring up

With petrolhead show Top Gear making headlines, TBI gets to grips with the new show and takes a look under the bonnet at what is driving viewing in the motoring genre. Top Gear’s success is such that is has spawned a host of companion shows. More broadly, motoring formats are in fashion, as the car becomes […]

Authentically survival

Survival shows are nothing new, but the last few years have seen the genre go into overdrive, with titles like Naked And Afraid, Alone, Running Wild, Hunted and The Island proving real-life endurance tests are popular around the world, reports Andy Fry. Ask TV executives why survival shows are proliferating and they will tell you […]

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