Channel 4 puts 1,000 hours of shows on YouTube
British broadcaster Channel 4 has signed a deal with YouTube to put 1,000 hours of programming on the Google-owned streaming platform. The deal expands on an existing partnership between the companies and will allow Channel 4 to sell its own advertising around the show – a unique deal of its kind in the UK and Europe. The shows will start rolling out this month and will include 8 out of 10 cats; Location, location, location; Nikki Grahame: who is she?, SAS: who dares wins and The dog’s house. Selected titles will be available 30 days after first airing on Channel 4 or younger sister network E4. Channel 4 has followed a five-year ‘Future 4’ strategy to grow digital revenues, and its management believes today’s deal represents a ‘major step’ in that process.
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Sky Orders Children’s Authors Series ‘Wonderland’; Abacus Media Sales Rights
Sky Arts has commissioned a four-part literary documentary series Wonderland. The TV show Odyssey, directed and produced by Adrian Munsey (EM Forster: his longest journey) examines the pain behind the personal stories of acclaimed children’s authors such as Arthur Ransome, AA Milne, JM Barrie, Rudyard Kipling, Lewis Carroll and Beatrix Potter. It will combine biographies, literary excerpts and moments from films made from their works. UK distributor Abacus Media Rights has taken over the worldwide sales rights.
London Creative Studio launches scripted TV post-production arm
Creative studio Soho Unit has launched a scripted television post-production arm, Unit Scripted. The operation will offer end-to-end craft services such as color grading, line and online visual effects. Post industry veterans Louise Stevenson, Dan Coles, Sion Penny and Greg Elston will oversee the division as head of scripts, lead colorist, head of online services and post-producer, respectively.
Warner Bros Discovery launches production of original Spanish TNT
Spanish comedy-drama No Me Gusta Conductor went into production this week. The six-part Warner Bros Discovery series, for local channel TNT Spain, follows Juan Diego Botto as a college professor trying to get a driver’s license at the age of 40. It is based on the personal experiences of writer and director Borja Cobeaga and will debut later this year. Sayaka Productions produces.
UK producer incubator Indielab unveils 2022 cohort
British independent producer incubator Indielab has unveiled the 15 companies joining its cohort this year. They include At Land Productions, Brown Bred Productions, Chalk Productions, Frieda, Goat Films, Gold Wala, Montrose Pictures, Osprey Television, Other Productions, Oxford Films Glasgow, Studio Crook, Studio Something, Telesgop, Tyrone Productions and Zandland Films. Start-up companies will receive training in business planning and investment readiness and offer their bosses access to high profile British figures.
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