BBC Three to return as linear channel after six-year online hiatus

BBC Three, the UK online network behind shows including Fleabag and Killing Eve, is to return as a linear channel in January 2022, six years after it was moved to become online-only. Last year, the BBC said that it was “considering the case” for reviving the channel and has plans to double its programming budget over the next […]

France’s Ampersand picks up Russia’s ‘The Dead Lake’ for global sales

French distributor Ampersand Fiction has picked up the Russian thriller The Dead Lake for international distribution. The 8 x 52-minute series is produced by Moscow-based 1-2-3 Production and originally aired on GPM Entertainment Television. Directed by by Roman Prygunov (Dukhless) and written by Roman Kantor (To The Lake), the series follows a Moscow detective who is […]

Exclusive: Facebook Watch on unscripted originals strategy & creative co-pros

Facebook Watch, the global social network’s VOD service, has shared details of its unscripted originals strategy, including “competitive” budgets and creative co-productions with lower investment. Since launching in 2017, the service has gone on to offer both short and long-form content, with unscripted titles including talk show Red Table Talk and reality series The Real […]

HBO, Spike Lee link for New York City docuseries to mark 20 years since 9/11

HBO has partnered with director Spike Lee to produce a docuseries that will reflect on life in New York City over the 20 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. NYC Epicenters 9/11→2021½ is from HBO Documentary Films and 4 Little Girls director Lee’s prodco 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, which previously partnered with the US cabler […]

THEMA America hires GM for cultural network Once México

THEMA America has appointed a GM for cultural network Once México and its Spanish-language channel in the US. Carlos Brito Lavalle takes up the position at the non-profit Mexican channel, which is run by Canal+ backed THEMA America but owned by Mexico’s Instituto Politécnico Nacional. Brito Lavalle previously headed up Once México’s acquisition division and […]

What’s On & When at The London Screenings

The London Screenings might have gone virtual, but it remains packed with choice events. Here’s a handy schedule to find out what’s happening and when BBC Studios Showcase Date & Time: Monday 22 February – Wednesday 24 February How to sign up: Visit Three key shows: Superhoe, TIME and In Ten Pictures Description: Personalised […]

ViacomCBS’s C5 joins Discovery+ on Wildflame’s Yellowstone volcano special

ViacomCBS-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has linked up with Discovery+ on a special exploring a so-called super volcano lying beneath the Yellowstone National Park in the US. Yellowstone: Super Volcanoes (1 x 90 minutes) is from Wildflame Productions and explores the threat of a volcano that lies seven miles below America’s famous National Park. The show, which […]

Reel One-backed Champlain Media hires CTV, Spin Master exec as COO

Reel One Entertainment-backed Champlain Media has appointed former CTV and Spin Master exec Linda Stregger as its COO. Stregger will be based in the company’s Toronto office and reports to CEO Tom Berry, who owns the company with Newen’s Reel One, which in turn handles international distribution of Champlain’s slate. She will oversee development, production […]

‘The Crown’ sparkles as Netflix leads Golden Globes streaming success

Netflix won more than half of all TV awards on offer at the 78th annual Golden Globes yesterday, with HBO and Apple shows taking one each to ensure that global streamers dominated the proceedings. The streaming giant took six out of a total 11 awards for television, as well as a further four accolades for […]

News round-up: Discovery preps YA drama ‘Nach’; Elisa Viihde Viaplay adapts ITVS drama; ZDFE joins ‘Crimson Rivers’

Discovery preps YA drama Nach Discovery Nordic is preparing to launch an eight-part coming-of-age drama from Banijay-owned scripted label Rubicon. Nach (After Party) follows a university drop-out who is thrown out of her houseshare and moves in with her big sister, before becoming caught up with emotions for her sister’s boyfriend. The situation unravels during eight very […]

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