Food network BITE launches in UK
BITE, a new 24-hour specialist food network, has launched in the UK as a free, ad-supported streaming channel.
The network is initially available on the UK’s Freeview platform as part of the Channel Box offering, and will expand to Rakuten TV and other OTT platforms in the coming months.
BITE launched with programming from Parade Media Group’s catalogue of food and culinary travel content. The channel features programming from world food talent like Luke Nguyen, Anjum Anand, Peter Kuruvita, Curtis Stone, Manu Feildel, Gary Mehigan, Andy Allen, Justine Schofield and more.
“Launching FAST Channels (Free, Ad-supported Streaming TV) is the next phase in making our awesome content accessible to an ever-growing number of viewers, and providing greater value to our production partners. We look forward to working closely with the production community to serve up more premium culinary travel programming for food lovers across the UK,” said Mathew Ashcroft, founder and CEO of Parade Media Group, in a release.
Creative Arts Emmys split into three ceremonies
The Television Academy has announced changes to the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys, which will now be presented across three ceremonies during the weekend of September 11 and 12, with an edited version of the show broadcast on FXX on September 18.
On the evening of Saturday, September 11, the awards show will focus on categories like cinematography, production design, editing, sound mixing and costumes. A shorter event on Sunday afternoon will focus on unscripted categories like directing and cinematography for reality programs and non-fiction series and specials, reality/competition host, and documentary filmmaking. Then, on Sunday evening, the awards for the scripted Creative Arts Emmys will be presented in categories like guest actor and actress, variety series and specials, music and more.
The full schedule of awards is available here.
Wiser, Bohemia strike UK distro deal on female whistleblower doc
UK indie prodco Wiser Films, founded by Tasneem Brooker and Jim Wiseman, has struck a deal with London-based distributor Bohemia Media for the upcoming feature documentary When We Speak.
The film, directed by Brooker (pictured), tells the story of three women who became high-profile whistleblowers: actress Rose McGowan, who helped expose Harvey Weinstein; intelligence officer Katharine Gunn (played by Kiera Knightly in the 2019 film Official Secrets), who leaked confidential documents relating to the Iraq war; and former Oxfam manager Helen Evans, who uncovered the scale of the sex-for-aid charity scandal.
Bohemia is planning a limited-window UK release later this year. The film will then be available for Netflix and other SVOD platforms, in addition to the recently-launched Bohemia Euphoria SVOD platform.
“It’s been such a privilege to tell the stories behind the actions of these hugely courageous women,” Brooker said in a release. “We’re particularly proud of When We Speak as it also shows the breadth of output and ambition we have at Wiser Films. From popular returnable formats that bring true diversity into traditionally homogenous environments to access driven premium feature docs and series, our diverse voices at Wiser Films have many more stories to tell.”