WFTV award winners Byrne & Benjamin sound clarion call for women in leadership roles

Women in Film and Television (WFTV) Award winners Baroness Floella Benjamin and Channel 4’s Dorothy Byrne used their wins to sound a clarion call for greater diversity in media. Benjamin and Byrne were among the 14 women feted at the 29th annual WFTV Awards in London on Friday (6 December). Benjamin won the EON Productions […]

Amazon reels in YouTubers for French scripted/unscripted hybrid

Amazon has signed up a raft of YouTube talent for its latest French original that has been described as a “unique format at the crossroads of scripted and unscripted TV”. True Story is a six-part show that will be hosted by six French YouTubers, with Warner Bros International Television Production France producing alongside Talent Web/Webedia. […]

SBS scripted chief Sue Masters to step down to move into development

Sue Masters, head of scripted at Australian broadcaster SBS, is to leave the organisation at the end of the year after five years in the role. Masters joined SBS in 2014 and worked on shows including Safe Harbour, Deep Water and Dead Lucky, as well as Robbie Hood, The Hunting and the forthcoming Hungry Ghosts. The […]

Documentary groups sue Trump administration over social media registration rule

The International Documentary Association (IDA) and Doc Society are challenging the Donald Trump administration around a new rule requiring US visa applicants to register their social media handles in their applications. The two documentary bodies have filed a lawsuit against the US State Department and the Department of Homeland Security over the visa restrictions, which […]

ZDFE preps scripted-focused Studio Zentral, names CEO

Germany’s ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has appointed Lasse Scharpen to head up a new scripted division it is launching. Scharpen will become a co-CEO at ZDFE’s Network Movie Film and TV Production and will be responsible for its new banner Studio Zentral, which will develop fictional productions for the national and international market. Most recently, Scharpen […]

Asian Academy Creative Awards fete ‘Delhi Crime’, ‘World’s Got Talent’

Richie Mehta’s Netflix series Delhi Crime picked up four gongs at the Asian Academy Creative Awards (AAAs) in Singapore. The annual awards show, which held ceremonies on 5 and 6 December, saw the seven-part drama – which dramatises India’s notorious 2012 gang-rape case – win Best Drama Series, Best Original Programme by a Streamer/OTT, Best […]

108 Media preps esports reality format ‘Asia’s Got Game’

108 Media has teamed with esports marketplace to develop, produce and distribute unscripted reality format Asia’s Got Game. The multi-platform format, which is to air as a weekly series, will introduce the world of esports and gaming to audiences, offering the chance for contestants to sign a professional contract with one of the world’s […]

HBO scores untitled LA Lakers basketball drama

HBO has ordered a drama from the prodco recently launched by Succession’s Adam McKay, which will chronicle the professional and personal lives of the famous 1980s Los Angeles Lakers basketball team. The untitled series is based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, with McKay’s […]

TBI Weekly: Pulling back the curtain on HBO Max

When the major US studios and tech giants unveiled plans to launch their own streamers, no one knew quite what that meant. Fast-forward two years, and things are becoming much clearer. Disney+ is going global with a smorgasbord of library content and an array of originals such as The Mandalorian; Apple TV has unveiled a […]

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