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Virgin TV brings in Shakespeare drama as exclusive

Virgin Media will bring in Shakespeare drama Will as its latest British TV exclusive for its Virgin TV Full House customers. The acquisition of Will follows a string of exclusives acquired by Virgin Media in recent years, including Flemish noir brothel drama Chaussee d’Amour, which was acquired last week. The shows are part of a […]

Blue Planet II is BBC iPlayer’s top series of 2017

Big-ticket natural history series Blue Planet II is the most requested show on the iPlayer this year. The David Attenborough-fronted series saw its first episode received 4.2 million requests on the streaming service of the UK’s pubcaster. This narrowly topped episode one of Tom Hardy drama Taboo, which took 4.1 million. Relationship drama Doctor Foster’s […]

Netflix sets second Colombian original

Netflix is set to bring its second Colombian original series, Siempre Bruja, to its worldwide audience in 2019. The show is slated to begin production in the summer of 2018. It is based on the novel Yo, Bruja, by Isidora Chacon. Siempre Bruja follows 19-year-old Carmen, a Colombian slave and witch from the 17th century, […]

Discovery threatened with another carrriage blackout in Europe

Finnish cable and digital-terrestrial pay TV operator DNA has said it could drop Discovery’s channels on January 1 after being unable to meet the factual channel’s demand for higher distribution fees. DNA said it will drop SD and HD versions of Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Discovery HD Showcase, Discovery Science, Discovery World, Investigation Discovery, Eurosport […]

NBC’s Carnival reshuffles as Neame takes executive chair role

NBCUniversal International has named Gareth Neame as executive chairman of UK-based prodco Carnival Films. Neame, one of international drama’s most well known producers, will be upped from his previous role as managing director, which he has held since 2004. In the new role, he will continue to lead Carnival’s production pipeline and creative vision within […]

Sullivan lands Fox president post after Freer’s Hulu exit

Brian Sullivan has been named president and COO of Fox Networks Group (FNG), with former incumbent Randy Freer now bedded in at Hulu. Former Sky Deutschland chief Sullivan takes on a broad operational role that will see him in charge of revenue and distribution at Fox Television Group, FX, Fox Sports and National Geographic Partners. […]

T Group buys Big Boots for new digital studio plan

T Group Productions will acquire Big Boots Studios, an outfit dedicated to engagement platforms as it establishes a new digital studio. The Group builds digital channels and platforms for major networks, individual celebrities, athletes and entertainment companies. It was founded by Roger Mincheff and Anthony Kaan. The prodco has acquired Big Boots as it looks […]

Pilgrim names WME exec as business affairs head

Pilgrim Media Group has appointed WME exec David Harris to serve as senior vice president of business and legal affairs. Harris, who will report to Pilgrim’s COO, Gretchen Stockdale, will head up the deal making for the prodco across all development, sales, talent, distribution and other corporate business. The new business exec joins from William […]

Jordan Peele to rekindle Twilight Zone for CBS SVOD net

CBS is reworking classic sci-fi anthology The Twilight Zone for its SVOD service, a move that comes as the US broadcaster separately axes a number of jobs. CBS Television Studios is producing the new show in association with Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. The original Twilight Zone ran on CBS between […]

TBI Weekly: How Disney-Fox affects the international scene

There’s no guarantee The Walt Disney Company will end up buying the entertainment assets of US rival 21st Century Fox – the deal hasn’t even been signed yet and you can expect a rigorous and lengthy regulatory process if it does close next week as expected. The changes that would mean for the US market […]