Channel 5 Orders ‘In Solitary’ Celebrity Series

Following on from the success of In Solitary, Channel 5 has given the green-light to a celebrity edition of the series which followed four members of the public as they attempted to live in solitary confinement. Celebs In Solitary will largely retain the same format, with the members of the public being replaced by four famous faces. They will sacrifice their phones and contact with the outside world and only be allowed three ‘luxury’ items to help them pass the time and psychological tests of isolation. Read More

DRG Commissions Charles Manson Series ‘Manson’s Bloodline’

In an interesting move, DRG has commissioned Manson's Bloodline, a four-episode Charles Manson series from US production company MY Entertainment. Manson's Bloodline tells the story of Charles Manson’s grandson, Jason Freeman, and his coming to terms with his notorious grandfather. MY Entertainment obtained extraordinary access and the series features previously unheard telephone calls that Manson had with Jason from prison; Jason’s battle for his grandfather’s body following his death in November 2017; and exclusive footage of Manson’s funeral from earlier this year. Read More

Universal TV Import ‘Ransom’ Renewed For Third Season

Ransom - the international drama series from Frank Spotnitz's Big Light Productions - has been renewed for a third season by commissioning partners Global and CBS. The series is distributed internationally by Entertainment One (eOne) and airs on this side of the pond on Universal TV. Read More

Shiver Hires Channel 4’s Simone Haywood As Head Of Factual Entertainment

ITV Studios' label Shiver has hired Channel 4 Commissioning Editor Simone Haywood to serve as their Head of Factual Entertainment. In the newly created role, Haywood will work with Group Creative Director Ana De Moraes and her new development team to create returnable formats that have the potential to inspire viewers across the globe. Read More