Viral internet documentary series Channel 5 is getting the HBO treatment

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Andrew Callaghan interviews a source for an episode of the show on the People’s Convoy.
Andrew Callaghan is the host of Channel 5 movies. | Image: Channel 5

Internet documentary series Channel 5 has taken viewers to (*5*), Miami Beach during spring break, and Ukraine shortly after Russia’s invasion of the nation.

Now, it’s clear the widespread present has gotten the consideration of the film business and executives at extra established entities. HBO has acquired Channel 5’s dispatch from the January sixth revolt, Variety reports, and A24 is producing the documentary. Andrew Callaghan, who’s common himself as a gonzo journalist-type determine whereas internet hosting the Channel 5 movies, will function director and government producer of the documentary, together with Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric. The film will observe Callaghan’s “wild RV journey by means of America in the months main as much as the January 6 Capitol Riot,” in keeping with Variety.

The small Channel 5 crew travels round the nation, documenting each weird gatherings and well timed news occasions. One week, they’re in the parking zone of a Phish concert; the subsequent, Callaghan is interviewing insurrectionists in jail. The creators even have a extensively widespread Patreon account, the place subscribers pay to entry unique content material and help Channel 5 operations. The channel has greater than 2 million subscribers on YouTube and greater than 500,000 Instagram followers.

Creators breaking into extra conventional business areas isn’t completely new. Viral TikTok songs have originated on the app solely to quickly begin taking part in on the radio and pop up on the Billboard Hot 100. And earlier this yr, The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical, created first on TikTok, gained a Grammy — the first such challenge to take action. But Channel 5 inking a take care of HBO is nonetheless fascinating, with Callaghan occupying an area at the intersection of content material creator, unbiased journalist, and now, filmmaker with backing from main leisure firms.

“I feel I present a gateway to engagement with reporting for individuals who don’t watch the news,” Callaghan instructed Nieman Lab earlier this yr. “People who don’t watch the news watch me. People who watch the news don’t watch me.”

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