True North

True North appoints Norma Wisnevitz as COO

UK producer True North has appointed former Channel 4 Growth Fund executive Norma Wisnevitz as its new COO. Wisnevitz, who was most recently senior portfolio manager at Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund, will take up her new role this month. She will work with the prodco’s creative directors to steer strategy and oversee plans to […]

MTV UK greenlights Teen Mom spin-off

MTV UK is to adapt Teen Mom spin-off Young & Pregnant. Produced by True North, which adapted Teen Mom for the UK, the series is to take an earlier glimpse at parenthood, examining the complexities of a teen pregnancy. Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant will follow four young women from across the UK as they approach […]

True North delivers Million Dollar Baby for MTV Int’l

MTV International has commissioned a new observational reality format, Million Dollar Baby, from True North, makers of Teen Mom UK. The show will follow reality TV star Lateysha Grace as she sets out to earn her daughter Wynter £1 million. Born into a low-income, single-parent household, Grace made her name on reality shows The Valleys […]

Sky invests $2m in Circle Media Labs

Sky has invested US$2 million in Circle Media Labs, a tech company specialising in connected devices. Sky described Circle Media Labs as an “early-stage technology company” and said in a brief statement that the investment would provide it with “additional insight into developments within the field”. It is unclear what devices Circle Media Labs is […]

Sky taking True North shows to MIPTV

Sky Vision will be taking shows from True North to market at MIPTV, having bought a majority stake in the UK indie earlier this year. Sky took control of Leeds-based True North, which is behind programmes including MTV’s Teen Mom UK, CBBC’s Junior Vets and Channel 4’s A New Life in the Sun, in January. True North founders Jess Fowle […]

Sky buys stakes in UK indies

Sky has acquired a majority stake in a northern England-based prodco, marking the latest round of investment in the UK production sector for the European pay TV operator. Sky has also taken an undisclosed stake in Chrysalis Vision, the drama production vehicle Chris Wright and Mick Pilsworth set up two years ago. The True North […]

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 […]

China YouTube channel from UK’s True North

UK indie True North is launching China Icons, a professionally-produced YouTube channel dedicated to China. Commissioned by Beijing-based media company CICC (China Intercontinental Communication Center), it will focus on Chinese culture, society, industry and the arts. New content will be uploaded weekly. Liz McLeod, executive producer at True North, who has overseen the project, said […]

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 […]