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Exclusive: Channel 5, Icon Films team on two “Secrets of the Mega…” one-offs

Icon Films has received a double commission order from British free-to-air network Channel 5 to produce two behind-the-scenes documentaries under the Secrets of the Mega… banner. The Bristol-based company, launched in ...
January 29, 2020

Icon Films has received a double commission order from British free-to-air network Channel 5 to produce two behind-the-scenes documentaries under the Secrets of the Mega… banner.

The Bristol-based company, launched in 1990 by Harry and Laura Marshall, is producing two 90-minute, one-off specials titled Secrets of the Mega…Airline Food (pictured) and Secrets of the Mega…Landfill for the UK channel this year.

Airline Food will provide a look behind the curtain at the logistical challenges that Alpha LSG – the UK’s largest supplier of airline food – encounters as 160 chefs provide nearly 300,000 meals to passengers per week from their food production center near London’s Heathrow Airport.

Landfill, meanwhile, will provide exclusive access to one of the largest waste landfill sites in North America. The film will explore the industry that “transports, processes, disposes and reuses our waste on a daily basis,” while also providing insight into bleeding-edge technologies that help collect trash and separate it into recyclables and landfill items.

Secrets of the Mega…Airline Food and Secrets of the Mega…Landfill are both executive produced by Icon’s Stephen McQuillan. The films were commissioned by Daniel Pearl, Channel 5 commissioning editor of factual. 

“It’s important for Icon Films to expand our UK business with these deeply researched specialist factual shows alongside the continued growth of our global content,” said Icon Films creative director McQuillan in a statement.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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