Original Programming


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 […]

BBC exec joins Playground gang

Long-serving BBC exec Dan Leon has joined London-based producer Playground as head of business affairs and director of operations. The exec spent eleven years with the UK pubcaster, working its rights and business affairs division alongside the drama commissioning and central commercial units, but will now manage Playground’s strategic growth and day-to-day operations. At the […]

BBC adapts Dickens with Peaky Blinders creator

Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight (pictured) is set to create a series of adaptations of Charles Dickens novels for BBC One, produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London and in association with Tom Hardy’s Hardy Son and Baker. A Christmas Carol will be the first adaptation in the planned series. It will arrive in the shape of […]

Netflix provides Sex Education in new dramedy

Netflix is set to launch a new coming-of-age dramedy named Sex Education for 2019. The series follows Otis Thompson, a socially awkward high school virgin, who lives with his sex therapist mother. Sex Education, which will be available globally, is set to begin production in the UK in spring 2018. It is produced by Eleven Films with […]

NBCU finds Edelstein replacement

Jeff Wachtel is relocating from LA to London to become the replacement for Michael Edelstein at NBCUniversal International Studios (NBCUIS). Currently NBCU Cable Entertainment’s chief content officer, Wachtel (pictured) will begin his new role as president of NBCUIS in January before moving to London in the summer of 2018. He will be in charge of […]

Fremantle teams with 87 Films for development

FremantleMedia has partnered with 87 Films for creative scripted development. 87 Films is a UK-based production company formed by Silent Witness writers Dudi Appleton (pictured left) and Jim Keeble (pictured right) as well as executive producer Patrick Irwin (The Fall). Under the agreement, 87 Films will collaborate on scripted projects for the international market alongside […]

MTV returns to Jersey Shore

After six years, MTV is bringing back the latest installment of Jersey Shore with its original cast. The latest series, Jersey Shore Family Vacation, is set to premiere in 2018. The series initially ran from 2009 to 2012 on US cable channel MTV, and sold well internationally. Family Vacation will star original housemates Nicole ‘Snooki’ […]