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Sony seals string of int’l sales for Counterpart

Sony Pictures Television has sold espionage drama series Counterpart to more than 40 territories around the world, following a successful debut in the US. The show, one of TBI’s recently Show of the Week features, has received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes after appearing on Starz in the US. It will now appear in […]

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 […]

Show of the week: Counterpart

Counterpart is Starz’s latest drama venture, combining qualities of both a pacy spy thriller and a metaphysical science fiction show. Hailing from screenwriter Justin Marks (The Jungle Book, Rewind) the idea emerged from his keen interest in British spy classics from the likes of Ian Fleming and Graham Greene, and is combined with his desire […]

Lionsgate ‘very interested in merger’ – vice chair

US studio Lionsgate is “very interested” in a merger deal and is talking to various potential partners, according to vice chairman Michael Burns. Talking to CNBC, he said: “We’re very interested in the consolidation space. Obviously that’s something very important to us.” While declining to address a specific deal, Burns (pictured) said discussions over a […]

Bell Media brings Starz to Canada for first time

Canada’s Bell Media has teamed with Lionsgate to bring in its premium pay television platform Starz to a Canadian audience and gain first-window rights to future Lionsgate theatrical releases. The agreement is a move by Starz and Bell Media to compete for premium subscribers on all platforms, and adds to Bell Media’s suite of subscription […]

Sundance kicks off with deals for US cable networks

A host of factual deals have been announced during the Sundance Film Festival in 2018, including acquisitions for Starz and original shows for the event’s affiliated network, SundanceTV. The latter has invested further into true crime by greenlit three new docuseries. The Road to Jonestown, is from Appian Way and Stephen David Entertainment. Ministry of […]

Epix programming chief exits

US premium cable network Epix is saying goodbye to its head of programming, Jocelyn Diaz. The exec is leaving the MGM-owned network just under two months after former TNT, Amblin Partners and DreamWorks Studios chief Michael Wright was named president. Former Disney exec Diaz has been with Epix since 2014, and is credited with its […]

Starz pushes into unscripted originals

US premium cable channel Starz has commissioned its first unscripted programmes. The Lionsgate-owned network has ordered four docuseries, which focus on criminal justice, youth sports, fashion and the legacy of hip-hop. To this point, Starz’s original strategy has been focused on dramas such as Power, Outlander and Black Sails and comedies including Survivor’s Remorse. Rival […]

Starz vehicle

Chris Albrecht tells Jesse Whittock about the new look Starz business following its merger with North American studio Lionsgate, about his relationship with cable king John Malone and how OTT is making international business more viable. Chris Albrecht is a proponent of entertainment media consolidation in today’s market, which is why he was a driving […]

Starz greenlights Saracho’s original series Vida

Starz has greenlit Hispanic US-set drama Vida, which will be directed by How to Get Away With Murder’s Tanya Saracho. Saracho (pictured, Girls, Looking) will also serve as a showrunner with Alonso Ruizpalacios. Vida is a half-hour drama series focusing on two very different Mexican-American sisters from the eastside of LA. Circumstances force them to return […]

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