Original Programming


Netflix agrees C$500m originals deal with Canada

Netflix has committed to a five-year, C$500 million (US$400 million) spend on Canadian original programming, and will pay no local taxes as a result. The SVOD giant will invest the money in English- and French-language programming over the next five years following an agreement with the Canadian government. Terms of the deal with Heritage Canada […]

TBI Weekly: TV pays respect to top execs

Two prominent execs sadly passed away this month, with many in the industry paying respects for their former colleagues. Over the weekend it emerged that well-liked and well-respected executive David Lyle (pictured) had passed away after a long fight with cancer. Lyle was a prominent figure in the TV business and has worked across FremantleMedia North […]

Amazon to ‘increase content spend again’

Amazon will keep apace with Netflix’s original content spend, with Roy Price reportedly promising staff the SVOD service would increase investment in content again. The Amazon Studios head told staff content spend was set to increase in 2018 and 2019, with three new series put into development to go with an expanding originals slate, as […]

RTÉ calls for half-hour scripted comedies

RTÉ and the Irish Film Board have formed a partnership to support new Irish scripted comedy projects with export potential. After the success of shows like The Young Offenders (pictured), RTÉ is calling for proposals for half-hour scripted comedies, which have the potential to be picked up by international distributors and broadcasters. Participation in this […]

Amazon picks up McMafia outside UK, US

Amazon has picked up BBC Worldwide and AMC drama McMafia for more than 200 territories, excluding the UK, US, Canada and China. Amazon Prime Video will premiere the series when it launches in 2018. McMafia will star James Norton (Happy Valley) as an English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history past who is […]

BBCWW brings Mitchell & Webb to MIPCOM

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) will bring a line-up of talent to MIPCOM to launch its scripted slate including Back’s David Mitchell and Robert Webb. The broadcaster will also bring in James Norton (War and Peace), Juliet Rylance (Days and Night) and writer Hossein Amini to introduce McMafia, as well as Peep Show pair Mitchell and Webb […]

Freeform orders Pretty Little Liars spin-off

Freeform, Disney’s young adult television and streaming network, has ordered drama pilot Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists from Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The series is based on the book The Perfectionists, written by Sara Shepard, who also penned the New York Times bestselling book series Pretty Little Liars. The book is set in the seemingly […]

Amazon signs Gilmore Girls duo, Casey Affleck

Amazon Studios has signed a multi-year deal with Gilmore Girls creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino as well as another with Oscar winner Casey Affleck and his new production banner, Sea Change Media. The Palladino’s have worked in various roles across a wide range of shows including Roseanne, Gilmore Girls, series return Gilmore Girls: A Year […]

Deutsche Telekom orders first original

German pay TV provider Deutsche Telekom has commissioned its first original series, a French-coproduced comedy. The move into original production is a “logical step” for Deutsche Telekom following the launch of Ultra-HD services and its first exclusive acquisitions for its new Entertain TV streaming platform, its execs say. The show, Germanized, is a 10x30mins comedy […]

TBI Weekly: new faces at Fremantle

FremantleMedia’s unscripted team in London will soon have a very different look, with Liam Humphreys making a raft of changes as Thames chief Richard Holloway exits. Humphreys, Fremantle UK’s CEO of unscripted (pictured), had decided to re-merge powerhouse production units Thames and Talkback, with Amelia Brown and Leon Wilson now running the united team. Execs […]