Original Programming


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 […]

Big number of SVOD nets set for MIPCOM

MIPCOM organiser Reed MIDEM expects close to 500 VOD services to attend this year’s market, with the likes of Claro Video and Showmax represented for the first time. Laurine Garaude, head of Reed MIDEM’s TV division, told TBI there would be around 4,800 buyers attending MIPCOM in total. There has been a significant uptick in […]

In-demand chart: Kids TV Europe (September 11-17, 2017)

The top ten kids shows in Europe show old favourites reigning supreme across 34 territories. Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants nabbed the top spot. Parrot Analytics data shows that 1.94 out of every 100 people in the territories have shown demand for the show. The popular demand for the show worldwide has seen Spongebob receive the greenlight […]

Netflix CFO defends $6bn content spend

Netflix financial chief David Wells has claimed Netflix’s multi-billion dollar content spend is the key factor in the international SVOD service’s subscription growth. CFO Wells reiterated Ted Sarandos’ recent admission Netflix would spend US$7 billion on shows – mostly original content such as Narcos (pictured) – in 2018, and has said spending US$20 million an hour on […]