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Sarandos confirms House of Cards restart

After some deliberation on the status of House of Cards (HOC) season six, Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos has confirmed that production will go on for the final season. Last month, the sixth season was put on an extended hiatus as management attempted to resolve the fallout of sexual harassment claims made against Kevin Spacey. […]

Netflix buys in more from China

Netflix has deepened its ties with China’s streaming service iQiyi by ordering more Chinese originals for distribution. The popular streaming service will now have rights to hit drama Tientsin Mystic (pictured) in all territories outside Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. Television Broadcasts Limited will have rights in Hong Kong and Macau, with TV player […]

Fox launches Nat Geo on-demand service in Europe & Africa

Fox Networks Europe & Africa is following up the launch of on-demand service Fox+ with a new non-demand factual service, National Geographic+. The new service will provide access to National Geographic’s catalogue of content, organised thematically, with portals to serve interest areas including Space, Egypt, World Cultures, Deep-sea Exploration and Human Body. Fox said that […]

Iflix commissions first Malaysian original

Emerging markets-focused streaming service Iflix is launching its first-ever original drama series in Malaysia, KL Gangster: Underworld. The six-part drama, shot entirely in Malaysia, is a spinoff of Skop Productions’ films KL Gangster 1 and 2. It will premiere in mid-2018 exclusively on Iflix. KL’s TV counterpart begins soon after the events of the first […]

ITV Studios back Piv Bernth drama studio

ITV Studios has bought a minority stake in the new drama production house of former DR drama chiefs Piv Bernth (pictured) and Lars Hermann. The pair announced their exits from DR in October, a move that led to an ongoing restructure at the Danish pubcaster. Their prodco, Apple Tree Productions, will focus on high-end Danish […]

Beta joins Sky Germany’s Bridge-inspired Pagan Peak

Sky Germany’s upcoming reimagining of The Bridge has welcomed Munich’s Beta Film as coproducer and distributor. Beta has joined Wiedemann & Berg (Dark), Austria’s Epo-Film Produktionsges and Sky as a producing party on Pagan Peak, which will run to eight hours. Beta and Sky worked together on another original drama, Babylon Berlin, which has been […]

HBO Europe adds BBC’s Gunpowder to programming arsenal

HBO Europe has bought BBC thriller miniseries Gunpowder for a number of territories. The deal hands pay TV player HBO Europe rights to the Kit Harington series in the Nordics, Central and Eastern Europe and Spain. The drama, which comes from Endemol Shine Group’s Kudos in association with Harington’s Thriker Films, has already sold to […]

Netflix reimagines Sabrina the Teenage Witch

An untitled Sabrina the Teenage Witch series is coming to Netflix, which will be based on an Archie Comics graphic novel The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The series imagines the origins of Sabrina in a dark coming-of-age story. It will be tonally similar to horror classics Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist. Sabrina’s 20x60mins series comes […]

Kapital hires Fox vet for business ops

Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment has hired Fox veteran Sandra Ortiz to oversee business affairs and production business. Ortiz was most recently head of business affairs for Fox 21 Television Studios. She joined US-based Kapital recently and has already helped to negotiate with CBS All Access for an order of drama Tell Me a Story and […]

WWE Studios plans TV originals assault

WWE Studios is expanding beyond feature films and into original TV and digital content production. The production arm of wrestling/sports entertainment giant WWE is looking to work with coproducers on scripted and reality TV shows, and is also eyeing the family and animated spaces. WWE Studios president Michael Luisi will continue to oversee the business, […]