Original Programming


Discovery partners with Google on VR series

Discovery Communications and Google have partnered on a new immersive series called Discovery TRVLR. The 38-espisode, 360-degree series is designed to give viewers a glimpse of the lives of “fascinating locals in every corner of the globe”. Discovery said in a statement that TRVLR explores “mind-blowing rituals, obscure traditions and life-threatening quests” from around the […]

Kudos launches Manchester-based sister firm

Kudos, the producer behind shows Broadchurch, Humans and Tin Star, has launched a Manchester-based sister company, Kudos North. Led by newly hired development producer Laura Conway, the new company will establish an open door to the north of England and look to produce new dramas with international appeal with unique voices. Salford-based actress and writer […]

In-demand chart: Europe (Sept 25–Oct 1, 2017)

Star Trek: Discovery has made waves in Europe, coming up top rated across all seven of the countries reviewed in our pre-MIPCOM In-demand special, after launching in the US on CBS All Access and Netflix elsewhere in September. As the first series developed specifically for CBS’s SVOD service, the new Star Trek has gained CBS record […]

Fremantle & UFA adapt Robert Harris thriller Munich

FremantleMedia has signed a deal with author Robert Harris to produce the TV adaptation of his latest novel Munich. The international coproduction between FremantleMedia’s Euston Films and UFA Fiction will be shot in the UK and Germany. Munich is a spy thriller set to the fateful Munich Conference of September in 1938. It deals with […]

BBC’s Doctor Foster gets a Russian makeover

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW)’s Doctor Foster is set for a Russian remake following the sale of the scripted format. BBCWW has licensed the shpw to prolific production company Star Media for broadcast on Russia 1 next year. The 8×60 series is yet to be titled in Russia. Acclaimed Russian Actress Kseniay Rappoport (pictured) will take the lead […]

WMR moves into scripted with Frank Warren drama

UK-based factual specialist World Media Rights (WMR) is developing a scripted drama about English boxing promoter Frank Warren. Kings of the Ring (WT) will be the first scripted series WMR has produced, and is billed as a “gritty, returnable transatlantic drama series set in the world of international boxing”. Warren has been one of the […]

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 […]