Original Programming


Netflix signs Daily Show’s Michelle Wolf for talk show

Daily Show’s Michelle Wolf has landed her own weekly Netflix half-hour talk show, set to premiere later this year. The untitled show will look to take a break from the seriousness of late night comedy. Wolf will take aim at all parties, stating that there will be no preaching or political agenda, “unless it’s funny”. […]

NRK prepares for big-budget Atlantic Crossing with Beta & Cinenord

Norwegian producer Cinenord and Germany’s Beta Films will partner to produce World War II drama Atlantic Crossing for Norwegian broadcaster NRK. The eight-hour drama is set in the US, UK and Norway. Production will start this summer in Europe and various other territories. The series is set to be one of the biggest Scandinavian productions […]

HBO greenlights first original drama from Adria region

HBO Adria, a subsidiary of HBO Europe focused on the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region, has greenlit its first drama, which comes from Macedonian screenwriter Marjan Alčevski. The series, titled Success (Uspjeh), has been in development since 2016, when HBO Europe unveiled plans to produce a range of originals from the Adria region. Success is created […]

Alan Partridge returns to BBC chat format

Steve Coogan’s comedy alter ego, Alan Partridge, is returning to the BBC nearly a quarter of a century after his debut on the UK pubcaster. The premise of This Time with Alan Partridge is that the character – known for his cringe-inducing gaffes and lack of self awareness – is standing in as temporary co-host […]

ITV orders Christopher Hampton drama The Singapore Grip

ITV has commissioned The Singapore Grip, a drama that will be adapted by Atonement screenwriter Christopher Hampton from J.G. Farrell’s classic novel. The six-part series is an epic tale set in World War II, which centres on a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion. The series will be executive […]

BBC Three orders comedy from People Just Do Nothing star

BBC Three has commissioned a new comedy by People Just Do Nothing star Lily Brazier, named Wannabe. Filming has begun on the series, which stars and is co-written by Brazier. The title will premiere on BBC on-demand service BBC iPlayer in March. It follows Brazier’s Maxine, a 1990s pop star wannabe who tries to bring […]

Vox to start Knife Fight in Germany with NBCUniversal format

German network Vox has commissioned a local version of NBCUniversal International Formats (NBCUIF)-sold culinary series Knife Fight. The local show will known as Knife Fight Club, with each episode challenging two celebrity cooks to create and present dishes, while being heckled by the audience and each other. Endemol Shine Germany has signed on to produce […]

Telefónica takes originals strategy to Latin America

Telefónica is to take its slate of Spanish originals to the Latin American market with the launch of the Movistar Series channel in twelve Latin American countries. Movistar Series will offer Telefónica’s twelve original series and a selection of Latin American productions through the group’s Movistar TV and Movistar Play platforms. The new channel will […]

Amazon joins first All3-produced Liberty Global drama

Amazon Prime Video has boarded a first high-end drama from All3Media, which is producing for its backer, cable giant Liberty Global. The Feed will go out in the US, Canada and Latin America as an Amazon exclusive with Liberty-owned Virgin Media airing it in the UK as its debut scripted original. Other Liberty cable services […]

Content deals bite as Hulu losses sting Disney for $250m

Hulu’s successes in acquired and original programming are coming at a cost. Hulu backer The Walt Disney Company revealed its share of the losses at the US subscription VOD service would be US$250 million. Twelve months ago, Disney predicted losses of US$100 million from the service, highlighting a significant increase in costs. Fox’s latest earnings […]