Voltage TV

BBCS-owned Voltage TV hires ‘Tinder Swindler’ exec to head up documentaries

BBC Studios-owned unscripted label Voltage TV has appointed Sam Starbuck, exec producer of The Tinder Swindler, to the new role of creative director for documentaries. Starbuck will join the Inside The Factory outfit in October, arriving from Dorothy St Pictures, where she serves as SVP of documentaries. Her credits there include Disney+ docuseries Coleen Rooney: […]

Show of the Week: Tempting Fortune

Contestants must choose between cash and comfort in this new 6 x 60-minute adventure competition format, which follows 12 strangers who are dropped in the heart of a remote wilderness to compete for an epic prize fund. “It’s an arduous journey through the hostile terrain of the Eastern Cape in South Africa,” reveals Sanjay Singhal, […]

BBC Studios lands UK prodco Voltage TV amid expanding unscripted strategy

BBC Studios (BBCS) has taken full ownership of Inside The Factory outfit Voltage TV, as it looks to rapidly grow its unscripted business. The prodco, which has been behind DNA Journey for ITV and The British Tribe Next Door for Channel 4 among numerous others, was founded in 2013 by Sanjay Singhal and Steve Nam. […]

Deals round-up: Bin Laden doc lands in Europe & Oz; Brazil’s Globoplay acquires Serbia’s ‘Civil Servant’; Lime Pictures to adapt ‘Planet Omar’

Bin Laden doc lands in Europe & Oz SBS in Australia, Sweden’s SVT, DR in Denmark and NRK in Norway, along with an unnamed French broadcaster, have acquired Voltage TV’s documentary series Osama bin Laden: The Inside Story. UK distributor Drive struck the deals for the 3 x 60-minute series, which was originally commissioned by Channel 4 and broadcast as Osama bin Laden: […]

UK’s Curious Films hires Voltage TV exec to lead development

The People vs Climate Change producer Curious Films has appointed Voltage TV’s Becky Kent to the newly created position of head of development. Kent will oversee all development for the company, which has an array of projects on its slate for UK broadcasters including Reclaiming Amy for BBC 2 and Caroline Flack: Her Life & […]

Channel 5 uncovers Pompeii, Tutankhamun in ambitious history slate

Viacom-owned broadcaster Channel 5 has unveiled a slate of history programming including series on Tutankhamun, the Nile and the Queen Mother.  The programmes were commissioned by Lucy Willis and follow the success of the event piece Pompeii’s Final Hours: New Evidence as well as hybrid history series Inside the Tower of London.  Blakeway TV has […]

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 […]

BBC Three lines up indie docs

UK youth-skewed channel BBC Three has commissioned new presenter-led documentaries and factual series from a host of British indies. Reggie Yates: Extreme Russia (WT) from Sundog Pictures, Tyger Takes On from Roughcut TV, Extreme at 18 (WT) from Voltage TV, Stacey Dooley: No Place For a Girl from Watershed Productions and FA Cup’s 50 Greatest […]

Discovery opens X-Ray Mega Airport

Discovery Networks International has commissioned X-Ray Mega Airport, a forensic, behind-the-scenes look at Frankfurt Airport in Germany. Production is underway, with a spring 2015 debut pencilled in for DNI factual channels in more than 220 territories. Richard Dale and Sanjay Singhal’s new London-based prodco, Voltage TV, is producing the show, with Liz Brach executive producing […]