Original Programming


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

TBI Weekly: Netflix looks to China – again

This week it has become apparent that Netflix is looking to China once more, but this time with a different plan. Netflix had big plans for a China launch back in 2015, only to realise that the territory is a tougher nut to crack than once thought. The streamer stated tough regulatory measures for international companies […]

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, […]

Netflix brings in Chinese & Korean series

Netflix has acquired its first online Chinese drama, Day and Night, and will bring in original South Korean series including A Korean Odyssey. The streaming giant revealed a deal with Youku Tudou, a Chinese streaming service under the Alibaba umbrella, for worldwide rights of Day and Night outside of China. Day and Night is a 32-episode drama series that follows […]

HBO launching five originals in Asia

HBO Asia has revealed three new original series and two original films upcoming in the region as it celebrates in 25th birthday. The originals include Folklore, a 6×60 horror anthology taking place across Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. Singaporean film maker Eric Khoo is creator and showrunner, with Joko Anwar (Indonesia), Ho Yuhang (Malaysia), Lee […]