BBC4 has ordered a documentary looking at the issues of diversity in classical music featuring BBC Young Musician winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Hour-long doc Young, Gifted and Classical was commissioned by head of music TV commissioning Jan Younghusband for BBC4 channel editor Cassian Harrison and produced by Outline Productions. 17-year-old cellist… Read more.
BIRTH OF A NOTION Sharing her birth date with Ricky Tomlinson and Victor Young, midwife Julia Allison talks to TV Times about how championing home births changed the lives of thousands On September, 1939, three babies are born. One grows up in Liverpool, another in London and the third in… Read more.
One can only hope that this series is recommissioned, its three episodes have formed a fascinating history of the past century, carefully positioning the better known subjects (Rannulph Fiennes, Twiggy and now Ricky Tomlinson) at the centre of each film in a manner that never undermined the life achievements of… Read more.
The title sums up the so-simple-it’s-fiendishly-clever premise of this major new series. Each episode explores the parallel lives of three Brits born on the same day – one famous figure and two people who are less well-known, each with extraordinary stories to tell. The four-parter, based on a hit format… Read more.
On 7 March 1944, thousands of babies were born – Born on the Same Day (Channel 4). Among them are Ewart, Frances and Ran, their lives spliced together with the postwar history of Britain. Ewart was born in rural Jamaica, but when he was 16, his parents left with their… Read more.
“The premise of this new documentary strand – following the lives of three people with the same birthdate, only one of whom achieved fame and glory – is so brilliantly simple, you wonder why no one has thought of it before. (Actually, someone did think of it before, as the… Read more.
Outline Productions has struck a content partnership deal with distributor DRG. The deal follows recent news that Outline has been commissioned to produce a UK version of DRG’s Norwegian format, Born On (pictured), for Channel 4. Outline and DRG have billed the deal as an alliance which will support growth… Read more.
The partnership will enable the Show Me Your Garden indie grow its business by bolstering its development fund to help create series for UK and international broadcasters that DRG will then distribute globally. The distribution deal follows an agreement struck between the businesses earlier this month for Born On [pictured]… Read more.
Distributor DRG has entered into a content partnership agreement with Outline Productions, the UK indie that’s producing the UK remake of Norwegian format Born On. DRG will help Outline expand its business and growth by contributing to a development fund designed to aid the creation of formats for the local and… Read more.
LONDON: DRG has entered into a content partnership with Outline Productions following the recent announcement that Outline was commissioned to produce a U.K. version of the DRG format Born On. Under the agreement, DRG will help Outline to expand its business and contribute to a development fund to invest in new,… Read more.
UK-based production outfit Outline Productions and Modern Times Group-owned distributor DRG have formed a content partnership to create international formats. DRG aims to help expand Outline’s business by contributing to a development fund to invest in new content and formats for both the UK and abroad. The distributor will accordingly become the… Read more.
UK indie Outline Productions and distributor DRG have formed a content partnership. As part of the deal, DRG will contribute to a development fund to help the Health Freaks producer expand its original content and formats. The Nice Group-owned distributor will also advise on the type of content developed to ensure it has… Read more.
Outline Productions is planning a fresh attack on the US market after arming itself with development funding to compete with British super-indies and Hollywood studios. The Show Me Your Garden producer struck a deal with Doc Martin distributor DRG this week that will give it greater financial and creative firepower as… Read more.
A Norwegian format which tracks the lives of a disparate group of people who share a birthday is to be remade for Channel 4 by Outline Productions. Read the full article in Broadcast here.
Former Fremantle Media UK boss Sara Geater has joined All3Media as chief operating officer, forcing her to relinquish her duties as the chair of Pact after only four months. Geater takes up the All3 position previously held by Jane Turton, who was promoted to chief executive of the Discovery and… Read more.
Laura Mansfield has today been appointed as Pact Council Chair, as Sara Geater steps down to become COO of All3Media. Under Pact’s constitution, non-qualifying independent producers, such as All3Media, can be Pact members but are unable to sit on Pact Council. In the event of the Chair stepping down, the… Read more.
Pact has appointed Laura Mansfield as Vice Chair of Pact Council. Laura Mansfield co-founded Outline Productions in 1999 and is its Managing Director. Outline has built a strong reputation for creating and delivering imaginative factual entertainment formats and series for UK and US broadcasters. The company was voted in the… Read more.
UK producers trade body, Pact, has appointed Laura Mansfield vice chair of the Pact Council. Mansfield co-founded Outline Productions in 1999 and is the indie’s managing director. She first joined the Pact council in January 2013. The Pact council oversees the work of the trade body, signing off budgets and… Read more.
Outline Productions managing director Laura Mansfield has been appointed vice chair of Pact Council. Mansfield, who founded the indie in 1999, will take up the role with immediate effect. Her term will run until December 2016. She became a member of Pact Council in January 2013. Pact Council oversees the… Read more.
Pact has appointed Outline Productions’ Laura Mansfield as Vice Chair of Pact Council. Mansfield co-founded Outline Productions in 1999 and is its md. Outline was voted in the top 10 of all UK independent production companies by its peers in Televisual’s 2014 Production 100 survey and has series under its… Read more.
How dare our Prime Minister slander the abstemious Irish, a sober, temperate and respectable people healthy of mind, body and soul! Surely we are beyond the days when it was OK to cast aspersions on the tight-fisted Scots, the leek-munching Welsh or the sheep-doting Kiwis. That, at least, is the… Read more.
SIR – Ratna Lachman’s reaction to the programme “Things we won’t say about race” was depressingly familiar (T&A, March 19). She asserts that ethnic minorities suffer discrimination as regards finding employment, complains of high levels of stop and search which they are subjected to and their underrepresentation in public life.… Read more.
Offence – the right to give it and how to take it – has been the hot topic of 2015. Trevor Phillips’ C4 documentary ‘Things We Won’t Say About Race That Are True’ entered that debate with a well-intentioned forcefulness, laying the charge that our reluctance to talk about race… Read more.
Twelve years ago, London’s secondary schools were undeniably failing and, in an era when politicians had money to spend, the answer was political intervention – in the form of the London Challenge. When it was officially launched at the Globe theatre in 2003 by then prime minister Tony Blair, the… Read more.
I’m a big fan of people who “say the unsayable”. Not in a Katie Hopkins way, where everything is contrived and designed to shock. But those who speak out against what is considered to be received opinion. I do it myself sometimes because I don’t like toeing the line, or… Read more.
Trevor Phillips’ film on racism may be among the most important documentaries of the decade Things We Won’t Say about Race That Are True Channel 4 ***** The Truth About Sugar BBC One *** As anyone who heard him on Today the other morning will know, Trevor Phillips can be a windbag.… Read more.
Trevor Phillips, the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, prominent Blairite supporter and a man referred to so often as an astute self-publicist I’m beginning to wonder if it’s an official job title, has had an epiphany. He thinks that preventing people from expressing prejudiced ideas might… Read more.
“Things We Won’t Say about Race That Are True may be among the most important documentaries of the decade. It is a pity the programme has generated headlines mostly for what Nigel Farage told Phillips. It is not hard to get Farage to say things even he probably does not… Read more.
By Trevor Phillips I’ve been a journalist for more than three decades, so I’m not often taken by surprise by other scribblers. But, during the flurry of media interest in our film Things We Won’t Say About Race That Are True, a pugnacious radio interviewer bowled me a bouncer. If… Read more.
Les Ferdinand, the director of football for Queens Park Rangers, appeared on “Things We Won’t Say About Race That Are True,” a Channel 4 documentary exploring modern race relations in Britain. He addressed a range of topics, including the racism case brought against John Terry after an on-field confrontation with… Read more.