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Sharon Horgan’s Merman hires Fremantle production head

Merman, the production company founded by Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford, has appointed FremantleMedia UK’s Rebecca Parkinson (pictured) as its head of production. Parkinson joins Merman from Fremantle’s scripted comedy label Retort and will oversee the production of all Merman projects in the newly created role. She will work closely with Mountford. The appointment […]

Amazon cancels comedies One Mississippi, I Love Dick

Amazon is continuing its purge of comedies, now ridding of One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Last month Amazon Prime Video turned down all of its latest pilot season comedies including Sea Oak, The Climb and Love You More. Now, Tig Nataro’s One Mississippi will not continue on the service after two […]

The State creator Peter Kosminsky preps cyber drama for C4

The State (pictured), Wolf Hall and Britz creator Peter Kosminsky has teamed with Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment to develop a new cyber warfare drama for Channel 4 (C4). The working title for the show is currently The Undeclared War. It reunites Kosminsky and Playground after their work together on Golden Globe-winning series Wolf Hall. Kosminsky is […]

Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan inks deal with Amazon

Amazon Studios has closed an exclusive two-year deal with Catastrophe creator Sharon Horgan. Catastrophe is an Amazon original series that earned an Emmy nomination for outstanding writing for a comedy series. Horgan is also co-writer and co-star in the show alongside Rob Delaney. In addition to her personal deal, Horgan and co-founder Clelia Mountford’s entertainment […]

NBCU acquires Stargate duo’s The Outpost for Syfy

NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) has acquired The Outpost, a new original series for SYFY channels outside the US. The fantasy/adventure series is executive produced by Dean Devlin (pictured), the co-writer and producer of the 1994 feature Stargate, and Jonathan Glassner, the showrunner and executive producer of Stargate SG-1. Production on the series begins today in […]

Hulu ramps up originals with Clooney title

Hulu is raising its stake in original programming as it brings in new title Catch-22, which will be executive produced by George Clooney. The streaming service has made a full series order for Catch-22, a six-part limited series event from George Clooney, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, based on the successful novel of the same […]

Banijay launches scripted outfit Neon Ink

Banijay Group has partnered up with former ITV Studios creative drama execs Kate Lewis and Julia Walsh to launch joint scripted outfit Neon Ink. The prodco becomes the fourth scripted outfit to be added to Banijay’s UK division in the last year. It follows the launch of BlackLight TV, Fearless Minds and Yellow Bird UK […]

Peaky Blinders trio to launch indie Moonage Pictures

Peaky Blinders exec producers Will Gould, Matthew Read and Frith Tiplady are set to launch a new independent production company Moonage Pictures. The prodco, which will focus on drama, is set to launch in March 2018. It will shortly be announcing its first production. Gould is the former co-MD of Tiger Aspect Productions, he departed […]

TV is king when US consumers choose screen time

                    Up to 40% of entertainment time is spent watching television shows over other screen activities such as social media and gaming, according to a study of US consumers by Hub Entertainment Research. The study which featured 1,774 US consumers, who have broadband and watch at least […]

British series chip away at US import stronghold – Eurodata

Eurodata’s 2017 scripted series report reveals that the boom in British original series has led to fewer US imports across 13 territories. While the US remains dominant for series imports across the regions studied, accounting for 51% of imported series, the figure has reduced from 2016’s 53%. Meanwhile, the UK accounts for 11% of imported […]

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