The UK’s Channel 4 has taken a minority stake in sports production company Whisper Films. The acquisition is through C4’s Growth Fund. Founded by Sunil Patel, David Coulthard and Jake Humphrey in 2010, Whisper Films has built a slate of sports-related programming including films for global brands within Formula 1 such as Red Bull, UBS, Shell, Casio and Hugo Boss; several short films for the BBC; highlights programming for ITV; a one-off documentary for BBC One, Racing With The Hamiltons: Nic In The Driving Seat; and two international documentaries, Horse Power and Road To 2015, placed with such major networks as NBC, Sky Atlantic and BBC World. The company will now hire a new Head of Television and a small development team to leverage the contacts and develop the TV production arm of the business.
Real Men, from Red Arrow’s RedSeven, has been sold to VOX in Germany. A local version of the Danish format MakeltBee, it will air next year. The reality competition series takes five everyday guys on the ultimate health transformation journey. In Denmark, it’s been a hit, rating 80% higher than its slot average on DR1. The show has also been commissioned by RTL in the Netherlands with Warner Bros International Television producing; and by TV4 in Sweden, with Nordisk Film TV producing. Launched at MIPTV last April, it’s also been acquired by WBITP for Belgium, FremantleMedia in Finland, and Eyeworks for New Zealand.
HBO Asia and StarHub are bringing HBO Go to Singapore. From today, HBO’s premium content, including Game Of Thrones, will be available directly to consumers without a pay TV subscription. Subscribers to StarHub Go’s Go Premium Pack will have instant access to stream a growing catalog of HBO and Cinemax Originals anywhere, anytime, on multiple devices. At launch, over 300 hours will be available with plays to reach 1,000 by the end of the year.