Spun Gold Examines Poverty Through a childs eyes for Channel 5

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Spun Gold has been commissioned by Channel 5 to produce Poverty: Through A Child’s Eyes, a gripping 1×60’ documentary, which investigates the social issue of poverty affecting millions of British families.

Told in first person and solely from the perspective of three children aged between eight and eleven, the documentary looks at how their families cope with day to day life under challenging circumstances and financial hardship.The children provide viewers with an intimate account of how their difficult circumstances place enormous pressure on their home and school life, friendships and life ambitions.

Using video diaries, the young narrators record their emotions and experiences with heart breaking honesty, detailing what it’s like to go without dinner, to go through rubbish bins in back alleys to decorate their bedroom and live in a damp house with no working boiler. The result of their revelations is an emotionally charged programme that offers unique insight into one of the most pressing social issues facing modern day Britain.

Poverty: Through A Child’s Eyes airs on Channel 5 at 10pm on Wednesday 26th November 2014 and follows Spun Gold’s powerful 12 Years Old and Caring for Mum: Through a Child’s Eyes, which aired earlier this year on Channel 5.

Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose secures second run on Channel 4

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Channel 4 has confirmed a substantial 14 episode recommission of Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose – the first time an advertiser funded programme in the live cookery genre has been renewed by the broadcaster. This recommission will see the show build on the success of its initial 12 week run on Channel 4, and will confirm the series’ place at the heart of the broadcaster’s Saturday morning schedule.

Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose, a 60 minute Saturday morning lifestyle and cookery programme produced by Spun Gold, on Channel 4, has maintained a strong weekly audience since its first programme in April and attracted an increased share of ABC1 viewers to the channel in its time slot.

The innovative branded content format, developed by Waitrose and Spun Gold for Channel 4, will return later this year. It will continue to focus on food, and entertainment, while expanding on its lifestyle content. As well as featuring celebrity guests and world-class chefs which have already featured, such as Michel Roux Jnr, Jason Atherton and Theo Randall, the series will profile young artisan food producers, celebrities’ family recipes, gardening, homeware tips and features to coincide with seasonal events such as Halloween and Christmas.

Lisa Snowdon and Steve Jones will remain as the show’s hosts with TV and radio personality and Angelica Bell continuing her role as a reporter. This new run of the hour-long show builds on the programme’s initial run from April to July 2014.

SPUN GOLD SERIES REACHES 150 TERRITORIES WITH ALL3MEDIA INTERNATIONAL SALES

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Spun Gold TV announces today that all3media International has sold six-part observational documentary series Nine Months Later (6×60′) to 150 territories around the world with sales to Discovery Latin America, Discovery Europe and Foxtel Australia.

Nine Months Later, co-produced by Spun Gold with Bellota Productions for Sky Living in the UK, and shadows five first-time mothers and fathers for six months following the birth of their children. It explores the couples’ expectations of becoming a parent versus the reality, capturing the highs and lows of this life-changing time, as well as the natural adjustments that these couples must make to their lives.

Conceived by two new mums, Nine Months Later follows first-time parents as they embark on the most challenging journey of their life – the journey into parenthood. At its heart an observational character-led series, it captures every tearful moment of anxiety and every life affirming moment of joy that only this life changing period can bring.

Cameras are there at every crucial stage; capturing the sleepless nights and the strain on relationships, documenting Mum’s struggle to breastfeed, live up to the pressure of being ‘a good mum’ and coping with the loneliness as dad goes back to work; Dad faces the challenges of how best to bond with baby, adjust to a relationship where he now comes second and the tension he feels when his sex life has all but gone. Nine Months Later also captures the joy, the tears, and the overwhelming feelings of love that come when two people bring new life into this world.

12 Years Old and Caring For Mum: Through a Child’s Eyes

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Spun Gold has been commissioned by Channel 5 to produce 12 Years Old and Caring for Mum, a compelling 1×60’ documentary, which explores the important social issues of child carers from the perspective of the children themselves.

The film follows three youngsters, aged between 11 and 13, from different families as they go through daily life at home. Told in the first-person, it’s an intimate account of their lives, as the kids show us the direct impact on them of the difficult circumstances which, through no fault of their own, they have to cope with.

The young narrators use video cameras to record their most intimate hopes and fears as they reflect on the experiences and challenges they face; such as what it’s like to have to race home from school to cook and clean for a bed-ridden parent. The children reveal, with the honesty and insight that only children can, the extraordinary pressures on their family relationships, friendships, schoolwork and their own life ambitions. The result is an emotional roller-coaster of a programme that offers a fresh and revealing insight into one of the most pressing social issues facing us today.

12 Years Old and Caring for Mum: Through A Child’s Eyes airs on Channel 5 at 10pm on Thursday 3 July 2014.

INSIDE CLARIDGE’S JANE TREAYS JOINS SPUN GOLD

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Spun Gold TV has confirmed award-winning producer/director Jane Treays as a major appointment within its programme-making team.

Treays, the creative force behind the BBC TWO hit series Inside Claridge’s, is widely acclaimed as one of the leading documentary makers in British television of the past 25 years. Her award-winning insights span the full range of contemporary lives – from people without a voice in society to windows into the world of the rich and famous – including Extraordinary Families (Channel 4) Mum, Heroin and Me (Channel 4), The Man with the Seven Second Memory (ITV1) and Inside Claridge’s, which achieved BBC TWO’s highest factual documentary ratings since 2006.

Nick Bullen, Managing Director, Spun Gold, says: “Jane is undoubtedly one of the major figures in documentary-making. There are very few creative talents in the industry acclaimed so highly as Jane. Not only does she make highly engaging, enlightening work, built on great access, but her sympathetic, non-judgmental style combines with extremely high production values to make outstanding programmes. It’s that unique touch which makes her such an important creative force. Jane is a key addition to our team, and her appointment helps cement Spun Gold’s place as a leading supplier of high end observational documentary. We look forward to announcing details in due course about Jane’s first Spun Gold project for the BBC.”

Jane Treays has been producing and directing documentaries for over 25 years. Her award-winning films also include Painted Babies, What Sort of Gentleman are you After?, Tom Daley: The Diver and His Dad, The Virgin Daughters, and The Smallest People in the World. Jane was also commissioned to make unique access films which followed Status Quo and the Rolling Stones on tour, Status Quo: Rock On…And On and Bridges to Babylon. Last year, Treays also worked with Spun Gold on Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope, the Prince’s exclusive first interview following the birth of baby George, a co-production with CNN and broadcast on ITV1 in the UK. Treays was recently voted the UK’s No 1 female director by Broadcast magazine.

Jane Treays, says: “Working with Spun Gold last year was a great experience and I am delighted to be working with Nick and the team to further establish the company’s footprint in documentary programming. I’m passionate about bringing to the screen stories from all walks of society, from highlighting the plight of unspoken for communities living on the edge, to exploring behind the scenes of traditional institutions. It’s this range of interests which I am sure will be a great match for Spun Gold. My experiences drawn from Inside Claridge’s combined with the Spun Gold team’s reputation for making prestigious shows, promise to make really engaging television.”

ALL3MEDIA INTERNATIONAL TO SHOWCASE SPUN GOLD’S RANGE OF PREMIUM PROGRAMMES AT MIPTV

Leading global distributor all3media International will bring 41 new hours of Spun Gold’s premium factual entertainment to buyers across the global industry at MIPTV 2014. This new tranche of programming from Spun Gold, now one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality programming, ranges from stand-out observational documentaries to formatted factual shows.

Nick Bullen, Managing Director, Spun Gold, says: “Spun Gold’s range of content expands year on year, as does our international reach. We have a longstanding and very strong relationship with all3media International who drive the international sales successes of our programmes. These new 41 hours exemplify how much the company is diversifying and growing. Talent-led programming is still an important part of our DNA, but this is now complemented by a wide range of ob-doc and formatted shows. all3media International have done a terrific job with a range of our programmes including our British Royal Family documentaries and gardening titles such as Love Your Garden, and both Spun Gold and all3media International are confident that the content to be launched at MIPTV will be just as appealing to buyers.”

The leading UK production company offers a strong portfolio of talent-led factual programming, including Off the Beaten Track, fronted by Christine Bleakley and Jennifer Saunders: Back in the Saddle, as well as a number of high-quality observational documentaries, such as Nine Months Later, a series following first time parents after the birth of their newborns.

Maartje Horchner, Head of Acquisitions, all3media International, says, “Spun Gold are one of the most ambitious and consistently creative indies in the UK and their content is always in demand. We are proud to present this new body of programming which has widespread appeal across a range of markets.”

all3media International’s Spun Gold catalogue includes:

Format-led Factual Entertainment

Restaurant Wars (3×60’) sees two of Britain’s top chefs, Simon Rogan and Aiden Byrne, go head to head, as they open fine-dining restaurants from scratch, battling it out to run the finest dining experience in Manchester in pursuit of giving the city its first Michelin star restaurant in over 30 years. Is the city big enough for both of them? Who will draw in the most customers? Who will earn the coveted award?

Green-fingered broadcasting veteran Alan Titchmarsh and his team return with Love Your Garden Season 4 (8×60’). Travelling around Britain, they carry out surprise garden transformations for those in need. Combining advice and inspirational hints and tips with incredible human interest stories, this series continues to draw in large audiences.

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Talent-led Factual Entertainment

Off the Beaten Track (6×30’) sees Christine Bleakley set off on an adventure to explore the byways and bridleways of a forgotten Britain. On her journey, Christine reintroduces the audience to parts of our country, its animals, people and traditions that have remained stubbornly unchanged for hundreds of years.

Two part documentary Jennifer Saunders: Back in the Saddle (2×60’) is an entertaining canter into the equestrian world, following the television icon’s attempt to return to the world of competitive show jumping after a 40-year break.

Observational documentaries

Fly-on-the-wall series Stitch Me Lift Me Tuck Me (10×60’) offers a behind the scenes look into London’s most exclusive cosmetic surgery clinic, looking at the lives of both the rich and the famous who come in for treatments and the staff who work there.

Six-part series Nine Months Later (6×60’) follows six mums and dads for the first six months after the birth of their first-born. It will explore the couples’ expectations of becoming a parent versus reality, capturing the highs and lows of this life-changing time, and the natural adjustments that these couples have to make to their lives.

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all3media International will also be representing Spun Gold’s popular British royal family documentaries, All The Queen’s Horses (1×120’), Prince Charles: The Royal Restoration (1×60’), A Royal Year to Remember (1×60’) and William and Kate: Inside the Royal Marriage (1×60’).

all3media International will be on stand R8.C20 at MIPTV2014.

DANIELA NEUMANN JOINS SPUN GOLD’S SENIOR TEAM

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APPOINTMENT FURTHER STRENGTHENS PROD-CO’S SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

Spun Gold TV, has appointed former ITV 2 Controller and ITV Commissioning Editor, Daniela Neumann to become its first Creative Director. Daniela joins Spun Gold from Viasat where she was VP of Content and Development, responsible for overseeing the commissioning, scheduling and channel strategy across Viasat’s 11 FTA channels around the world.

As Creative Director for Spun Gold, Daniela will share her experience to help generate the next breed of Spun Gold’s programming and oversee expansion into new areas.

Nick Bullen, Managing Director, Spun Gold, says: “Daniela is one of the industry’s leading figures. Not only has she been behind some of the most successful factual and entertainment shows of recent years, but her experience of bringing exciting talent to the screen is second to none. Having Daniela at the creative helm will both enable us to continue growth in our talent-lead programming as well as increasing development in formatted and popular factual shows.”

Daniela started her career as a journalist before going on to produce and direct in all genres, including Ibiza Uncovered, Airline, The Bill and Emmerdale. As well as Acting Controller Entertainment for ITV1, Daniela was also commissioning editor Factual ITV1. Prior to this role she was Controller of ITV2, as well as Controller of Commissioned Programmes for ITV3 and ITV4.

Daniela was responsible for ITV2’s hugely successful strategy to devise brand extensions like Xtra Factor and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now, which built it into the most watched non terrestrial channel. This strategy transformed the broadcaster and more than tripled its audience. She also commissioned stand out hits, Peter and Jordan (the highest rating multichannel commission), Jack Osbourne’s Adrenalin Junkie and Footballers Wives Xtra Time.

As Director of Programmes VMTV, Virgin 1, Bravo, Bravo 2, and Challenge, Daniela oversaw a successful rebrand of Virgin 1/Channel One and steered the channel to a change in strategy that doubled its audience size. Before taking up her most recent role at Viasat, Daniela was Acting Controller of ITV1 Entertainment, overseeing and developing hugely successful commissions for the channel including, Dancing on Ice, I’m a Celebrity, and Piers Morgan Life Stories.

Daniela Neumann, says: “Since commissioning Spun Gold’s first ever series in 2004 whilst I was at ITV, I’ve really enjoyed watching the company’s success from afar. Spun Gold already has a terrific portfolio of factual programmes and I’m excited to be returning to my production roots and to be able to capitalise on my experience both in the UK and the international market, in order to broaden Spun Gold’s range of top shows.”

SPUN GOLD BOLSTERS SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM WITH APPOINTMENT OF TIM HAMMOND

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Leading UK independent production company, Spun Gold TV, has appointed Tim Hammond to the newly created role of Commercial Director. Tim joins Spun Gold from GroupM Entertainment where he was Commercial Director. The hire is a significant coup for Spun Gold as the production company looks to diversify its offering.

Nick Bullen, Managing Director, Spun Gold, says: “This, our tenth year, is set to be a bumper one for Spun Gold and this key appointment is an important part of our growth strategy for 2014 and beyond. Tim brings a huge amount of expertise and a depth of knowledge gained from years of success in the industry. We are delighted that he has chosen to join the Spun Gold team and help drive our vision for the company’s future.”

Tim joins the Spun Gold management team to assist in assuring the day to day commercial success of the business; he will play a leading role in the next phase of the company’s growth through seeking out new investment opportunities. He is also charged with further developing Spun Gold’s links with brands and driving opportunities in the digital sector.

Tim’s career in television spans over twenty years, during which time he has held senior positions at major UK media companies. From Head of Production at ITV Carlton, Tim went on to become Director of Operations at independent distribution business Target Entertainment. Tim’s career then took him to Gallowgate, Ant and Dec’s indie, as Commercial Director and then Managing Director; during his time at Gallowgate, Tim led the commercial side of the business and helped drive the success of formats such as Pokerface and Push The Button. Most recently, Tim was Commercial Director at GroupM Entertainment where he was part of the senior team steering the content financing and co-production business through a period of considerable growth and change.

Tim Hammond, says: “Nick and I go back more than ten years from the days of working together at Carlton, so when the chance emerged I jumped at the opportunity to work with him and his team again. What Spun Gold has achieved so far is fantastic and I’m really looking forward to helping lead the business into the future.”

More 4 is all aboard for Tim And Pru’s Canals

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Married for 50 years, actors and national treasures Timothy West (Eastenders) and Prunella Scales (Fawlty Towers) have created a lifetime of memories in theatre, on television and in film – but away from acting they have been living a very different life exploring the stunning waterways of Britain on their canal boat.

Approaching their 80’s and determined to keep canal adventuring for as long as they can, Tim And Pru’s Canals (w/t) follows our narrow-boating heroes as they celebrate their golden anniversary with four very special, very different journeys across the canal network of Britain and France.

Cruising along by narrowboat, Tim and Pru revisit the picturesque Kennet and Avon canal in the West Country – a deeply personal journey – which they saved from closure 24 years ago, brave the strenuous climb up the industrial Pennines on the Rochdale Canal, marvel at the dramatic Welsh scenery and staggering engineering of the Llangollen Canal and then hop across the channel to see France’s famous Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy.

Each journey reveals the rich and diverse history and culture of canal life, explores the beautiful scenery of Britain’s landscapes and wildlife and gives Tim and Pru the chance to recreate some of their most treasured family moments with their sons, Sam and Joe.

However, it’s not all plain sailing for our intrepid adventurers, along the way they brave the longest underground canal in Britain, overcome setbacks of collapsing bridges and broken lock gates. Both are battling the inexorable march of old age and Pru has recently admitted ‘”My day to day memory is ludicrous…I can’t remember things about life”.

With the physical and mental demands of navigating busy waterways, operating countless locks and clambering over swing bridges, each journey is a challenge. But they are challenges tackled with the energy and enthusiasm of a couple half their age.

This 4×60’ series has been overseen by Stef Wagstaffe at Channel 4 who comments ‘Tim and Pru’s Canals (w/t) is a life-affirming and funny series proving you’re never too old for an adventure. I’m thrilled that two of Britain’s best loved actors have invited us along on the canal trip of their lifetime’. It is produced by Spun Gold. Series Producer is Donna McLaughlin, Series Director is Mike Taylor and Executive Producer is Matt Young.