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BBC explores The Awkward Age with Downton Abbey drama prodco

UK pubcaster the BBC has put a drama from Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films that’s based on new Francesca Segal novel The Awkward Age into development. Helen Edmundson (An Inspector Calls) is writing the adaptation, which will follow the lives of a modern blended family. The book follows a widowed woman who meets an American […]

LA Screenings 2017 in pictures

The LA Screenings are over for another year, with most acquisitions executives now back in their home countries assessing what shows they’ll be bidding for in coming weeks. Each studio approaches the week in different ways, but all lay out the good china and buy in the fancy food in a bid to impress their […]

LA Screenings 2017: Military procedure

International broadcasters are desperate for American procedurals, and this year the Hollywood studios believe they’ve got the supply to satisfy demand. Jesse Whittock reports from LA Major international networks have been demanding more procedurals from the US studios for years. The ratings stability the format offers is not matched on a consistent basis by the […]

eOne exec switches to TCB post

London-based TCB Media Rights has again expanded its team with the fire of Entertainment One exec Holly Cowdery. She will work on sales in the Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe, and Middle East and North Africa regions. TCB CEO Paul Heaney called Cowdery a “rising star” adding: “She already has solid experience in sales, but […]

Syfy UK heads to Midnight, Texas

Pay TV channel Syfy UK has bought network drama Midnight, Texas from Comcast cousin NBCUniversal International Distribution. The supernatural-themed thriller is set in a remote Texan town where being strange is normal and only outsiders fit in. François Arnaud (Blindspot stars). It will debut in the UK in July. NBCU International Networks VP of programming […]

Universal Channel buys Mr. Robot for UK

UK pay TV net Universal Channel has acquired hot US cable series Mr. Robot. The NBCUniversal-owned channel will launch the USA Network show on July 21 following an agreement with cousin NBCUniversal International Distribution. Season one will debut with a feature-length, uninterrupted double episode. Amazon Prime Instant Video already offers it via the SVOD window […]

Elba, Ridley lead major Sky drama investment

Sky has commissioned six dramas that feature talent including Idris Elba, John Ridley, Julia Stiles, Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks, in a major move underlining the European satcaster’s clout in the high-end originals space. Namely, the shows are Guerilla, Tin Star, Delicious, Riviera, Jamestown and The Last Dragonslayer. Actor Elba (Luther, The Wire) will co-star in […]

Sky buys J-Lo’s NBC cop series

Sky has acquired Shades of Blue, the US cop thriller starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta. The series airs on the NBC broadcast network in the US. Universal Television, Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions, and Ryan Seacrest Productions coproduce the show, which is sold by NBCUniversal International Distribution. The UK pay TV operator will show Shades of […]

Universal Channel requires Chicago Med

UK pay TV network Universal Channel has bought new season US medical drama Chicago Med. The Dick Wolf-produced show will debut on the NBCUniversal International Networks-sold show after a deal with the latter’s sister division, NBCU International Distribution. The show is set in a state-of-the-art Chicago trauma centre, and is part of Chicago Fire and […]

Heroes Reborn on Channel 5

The UK’s Channel 5 has acquired broadcast rights to NBC’s Heroes Reborn. The show, which resurrected the Heroes sci-fi series, will air on the Viacom-owned broadcaster’s 5* digital free-to-air channel in 2016. Channel 5 has acquired the 13-episode drama from NBCUniversal International Distribution, which is a stablemate of the NBC broadcast network. Heroes Reborn picks […]