Donna Gomes joins CPL as Head of Legal and Business Affairs

21 Feb 24

CPL Productions today announces that Donna Gomes has joined the Senior Leadership Team as Head of Legal and Business Affairs.

She joins CPL from Mothership Productions, where she was Director of Commercial and Business Affairs and part of the team who launched Kelly Webb-Lamb’s indie. Whilst there she was responsible for a range of commissions and deals.

Prior to this Donna led various Legal and Business Affairs teams across BBC and BBC Studios, including The Natural History Unit. With a particular love of commercial deal making, Donna has led and closed key deals with national and international partners, including Disney+, Warner Bros Discovery, National Geographic, S4C, Eos, and C4. Donna is known for shaping a range of novel and unprecedented co-productions, collaborations, creative partnerships and talent deals.

She will report in to CPL’s Commercial Director, Janet Oakes.

Managing Director, Danielle Lux, said “We are thrilled that Donna has joined us. The range of her experience as well as her drive for perfection and her upbeat personality make her a perfect fit for CPL”.

Love is in the air as Warner Bros Discovery UK & Ireland confirm series 4 of 90 Day Fiancé UK from CPL

4 Feb 24

Warner Bros Discovery UK & Ireland has commissioned a new series of the global franchise 90 Day Fiancé – produced by CPL Productions. Series 4 of 90 Day Fiancé UK, one of the top performing shows on discovery+, will drop on the streaming service in summer 2025.

Fans of the franchise can also look forward to more Tell All specials, which bring the couples back to the screen for exclusive updates on their lives as they get together for the first time in person. Warner Bros Discovery UK & Ireland has announced the commission of specials for both 90 Day Fiancé UK series 3 and 4.

Both 90 Day Fiancé UK and the Tell All special are produced by CPL Productions. Following the launch of its UK spin-off in 2022, the global format has been met with nothing but love from its fans both at home and abroad. In 2023, 90 Day Fiancé UK was one of the top entertainment titles in EMEA for discovery+ subscriber acquisition.

The second season of 90 Day Fiancé UK maintained the format’s position in the UK & Ireland as the leading discovery+ entertainment show. The franchise has seen an almost 30% season-on-season growth in subscriber acquisition to the streaming platform.

As fans get ready for the exciting launch of 90 Day Fiancé UK Series 3, which drops on discovery+ this summer, 90 Day Fiancé UK Series 4 promises another extraordinary cast of characters, each taking a leap of faith to pursue a relationship where the odds are truly stacked against them. Viewers will follow eight Brits and their long-distance lovers as they navigate the complexities of love and commitment over 90 intense days.

In addition to the series, the hugely popular 90 Day Fiancé UK Tell All, was the most-watched episode on discovery+ during its first month on the service.

Clare Laycock, SVP Head of Content, Networks & Streaming at WBD UK & Ireland, said: “We’re so excited to have greenlit a fourth season of fan-favourite 90 Day Fiancé UK – and to announce it on Valentines Day! The relatability and authenticity of our 90 Day couples and their struggles with long-distance love are what make the show so very watchable, with real life high stakes drama throughout. CPL has done an incredible job translating the US-born format to the UK, ensuring fans of the franchise remain deeply loyal to the show, coming back to watch the much-anticipated reunions in the Tell All specials, diving deep into the happy – and not-so-happy – ever afters.”

The series were ordered by Clare Laycock and commissioned by Charlotte Reid. Deirdre Dowling is the commissioning editor of Warner Bros. Discovery and executive producers for CPL are Murray Boland, Dermot Caulfield, Danielle Lux and Emma Jones.

MAFS: UK lands Broadcast Award nomination

5 Dec 2024

Following a record-breaking season eight run, Married at First Sight: UK has been nominated for best multiplatform programme at the Broadcast Awards 2024.

The Broadcast Awards celebrate the best in British TV channels and content, and are a the chance to reward and recognise the best programmes, channels and talent within the UK’s television industry. Winners will be announced during a ceremony held on the evening of 8 February 2024, at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House, London.

Married at First Sight UK is produced by CPL Productions, based on a format from Snowman Productions; Married at First Sight is distributed internationally by Red Arrow Studios International.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane Austen wins award for Best Radio sitcom once again

12 Feb 2024

  • The final series of Ghosts won both Comedy Of The Year and Best Returning TV Sitcom in the 2023 Comedy.co.uk Awards
  • Queen Of Oz, Taskmaster, Horrible Histories, Would I Lie To You? and Good Omens were the other TV winners
  • Whatever Happened To Baby Jane Austen?, Dead Ringers, The Unbelievable Truth and You’re Dead To Me won in the radio categories

The winners of the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2023 have been announced, recognising the best television and radio of the last calendar year.

Two rounds of public voting throughout January saw the 351 new productions to air during the year whittled down to a shortlist of six in each of ten categories, with voters also asked to pick a single favourite Comedy Of The Year.

In their 18th year, the award winners this year are lead by the final series of BBC One sitcom Ghosts, which picks up both Best Returning TV Sitcom – for a third year running – and the overall Comedy Of The Year.

Catherine Tate’s British-Australian BBC comedy Queen Of Oz, following a disgraced member of the Royal Family who is sent Down Under, was voted Best New TV Sitcom.

Elsewhere, Taskmaster takes the title of Best TV Entertainment Show for a seventh time and Would I Lie To You? wins Best TV Panel Show for a seventh year running – its eleventh in total.

There were also prizes for Good Omens, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane Austen? (starring French & Saunders), The Unbelievable Truth and You’re Dead To Me.

Channel 4 commissions Married at First Sight UK reunion special

22 Nov 2023

Channel 4 in the UK has commissioned a new Married at First Sight UK reunion special, produced by CPL Productions, following the finale last week of the show’s record rating season eight run.

The special will see some of season eight’s brides and grooms attend a dinner party in the English countryside. The special is set to air in 2024.

Married at First Sight UK is produced by CPL Productions based on an original format by Snowman Productions; Married at First Sight is distributed globally by Red Arrow Studios International.

Red Arrow Studios International lands Rose d’Or nominations

06 Nov 2023

Nominees for the prestigious 62nd annual Rose d’Or awards were announced today, with hit Red Arrow formats Married at First Sight UKHold the Front Page both shortlisted.

Married at First Sight UK, produced by CPL Productions for Channel 4’s E4, is nominated in the reality and factual entertainment category for the second time. The series made a successful return to E4 for its eighth season earlier this Fall.

Hold the Front Page, also produced by CPL Productions for Sky, is nominated for comedy entertainment. The fun, factual entertainment format stars British comedians Nish Kumar and Josh Widdicombe in the UK – it was recently nominated for a Realscreen Award.

Married at First Sight and Hold the Front Page are both distributed internationally by Red Arrow Studios International.

Selected from over 700 entries across 13 categories. These finalists were voted for by a jury of over 100 broadcast executives, distributors and producers, from across the international television industry.

This year Rose d’Or awards will be presented in an award ceremony on November 27, at King’s Place in London.

Hold the Front Page lands Realscreen Award nod

02 Nov 2023

Trade magazine Realscreen has unveiled its nominations for the 2024 Realscreen Awards, where Hold the Front Page is nominated for best new format.

In this fun factual entertainment format, two celebrities set off around the country in search of scoops, scandals and surprising stories as they explore the unique and often sensational world of local news. In each episode, they’ll spend a week in a different town or village and become reporters for the local newspaper. Their mission: find a story that’s big enough to make the front page. The original UK version stars British comedians Nish Kumar and Josh Widdicombe.

The Realscreen Awards recognize the best in unscripted and non-fiction programming from around the world. The 2024 Realscreen Awards take place Tuesday, January 30 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, during the Realscreen Summit 2024.

Hold the Front Page, which is set to return to Sky Max and NOW next year for a second season, is produced by CPL Productions, the Executive Producers are David Taylor, Murray Boland and Danielle Lux. Red Arrow Studios International distribute Hold the Front Page internationally.

Sky announces date for the return of A League of Their Own

27 Sept 23

Sky Max and NOW have confirmed the brand new, 18th season of BAFTA-winning sports comedy show A League of Their Own will return to screens from Wednesday, October 25. The series sees the return of host Romesh Ranganathan, alongside Jamie Redknapp, Micah Richards and new faces Lioness legend Jill Scott, and comedian, presenter and triple BAFTA-winner, Mo Gilligan.

The brand-new series is set to be another corker, with star guests from the worlds of sport, comedy and television joining the teams each week, including Gareth Bale, James Maddison, Stuart Broad, Mary Earps, Christian Horner, Daniel Sturridge, Katherine Ryan, Tom Davis, Jimmy Carr, Maisie Adam, Guz Khan, Alex Brooker, Big Zuu, and more.

Madcap challenges for the ALOTO family to face include a penalty challenge in front of a packed-out Old Trafford crowd, a Peloton challenge to become the best instructor, a Bazball inspired ALOTO cricket challenge and a turn to ‘glow up’ football managers Iain Dowie and Ian Holloway, before revealing their new looks on the ALOTO catwalk…

Back for its 18th season, A League of Their Own was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content for Sky UK and Ireland and Phil Edgar-Jones, Director, Sky Arts and Entertainment. The Commissioning Editor for Sky UK is Barbara Lee and the Executive Producers for CPL are Murray Boland, Danielle Lux, Jack Shillaker and David Taylor.

Mo Gilligan joins A League of Their Own

5 Sept 2023

Sky’s BAFTA-winning sports comedy series A League of Their Own, produced by CPL Productions, will return to screens this October and is announcing a new headline name for its 18th season. Joining ALOTO veteran Jamie Redknapp on the red team will be comedian, presenter and triple BAFTA-winner, Mo Gilligan – a familiar face from past series and one of the most celebrated TV stars right now.

Opposite the red team is ALOTO’s other recently announced new face: Lioness legend and blue team captain Jill Scott, along with former Man City and England right-back, Micah Richards. Returning to take on the managing role of host is comedian and presenter, Romesh Ranganathan.

The brand-new series, available on Sky Max and streaming service NOW, is set to be another corker, with star guests from the worlds of sport, comedy and television joining the teams each week, including Stuart Broad, Mary Earps, Christian Horner, Daniel Sturridge, Tom Davis, Katherine Ryan, Rob Beckett, Jimmy Carr, Maisie Adam, Guz Khan, Alex Brooker, Big Zuu, and more.

Madcap challenges for the ALOTO family to face include a penalty challenge in front of a packed-out Old Trafford crowd, a Peloton challenge to become the best instructor and a Bazball inspired ALOTO cricket challenge.

On his huge new permanent transfer, Mo Gilligan said: “I love this show. I always have. It’s good people and good vibes. When Sky asked if I’d consider joining the A League of Their Own team, there was no question in my mind. It was an immediate yes. I’m here for it all!”

Named the ‘Funniest Man in Britain’ by The Times, stand up sensation Mo Gilligan is one of the UK’s biggest comedy stars. He’s achieved phenomenal success with highlights of two sold out national tours including London’s O2 Arena, three Stand Up Specials and numerous smash hit TV credits (his own The Lateish Show with Mo GilliganThe Masked SingerThat’s My Jam).

Phil Edgar Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment said: “A League of their Own is a brilliantly entertaining show and a big part of its special, unique formula is our star panelists, and the banter they share with our guests every week. As such, we are absolutely thrilled to have Mo Gilligan formally come on board. We can’t wait to see him get his feet under the table and his head in the game.”

Back for its 18th season, A League of Their Own was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content for Sky UK and Ireland and Phil Edgar-Jones, Director, Sky Arts and Entertainment. The Commissioning Editor for Sky UK is Barbara Lee and the Executive Producers for CPL, a Seven. One Studios company, are Murray Boland, Danielle Lux, Jack Shillaker and David Taylor.

CPL’s Rosie Jones’ Trip Hazard wins Edinburgh TV Award

30 Aug 2023

Award-winning UK production company CPL Productions’ hit series Rosie Jones’ Trip Hazard has won best popular factual at the Edinburgh TV Festival.

CPL were also nominated in the same category for Married at First Sight UK (E4); and Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan were also jointly nominated for best TV presenter for their CPL-produced series Rob & Romesh vs…

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