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JJ Abrams close to US$500m AT&T deal

Star Wars and Cloverfield director JJ Abrams is reportedly about to sign a US$500 million (€446 million) deal with AT&T-owned Warner Media. The deal will see AT&T and Warner have first refusal on anything produced by Abrams’ Bad Robot production house. The New York Times claims that this will include “movies, television shows, video games, […]

Showtime picks up Kirsten Dunst YouTube series

Showtime has picked up On Becoming a God in Central Florida, a nine part series starring Kirsten Dunst that was previously set to debut on YouTube. The acquisition comes as YouTube scales back its original scripted series slate and moves away from a premium content model towards an ad-supported model for originals. YouTube has held […]

Doc directors cry out for mental health support, boundary-setting

As the TV industry begins to take greater steps towards addressing mental ill-health, directors such as Orphans Of Ebola (pictured) Ben Steele and Drugsland’s Xavier Alford are speaking out about the pressures on those behind the camera, and why more support is needed across challenging projects.  With broadcasters struggling to grow budgets for documentary and timetables getting crunched, […]

Kinetic Content readies scripted venture

Kinetic Content founding CEO Chris Coelen has agreed a multi-year extension of his contract with parent company Red Arrow Studios, and is planning the launch of a new scripted venture. Red Arrow Studios acquired the LA-based non-scripted TV production company in 2010, which produces show such as Married at First Sight and Little Women (Lifetime), […]

C5 targets BAME indies for programme ideas

Channel 5 has launched a new initiative to encourage more BAME-owned and managed indie production companies to work with the broadcaster. C5 is looking for nine small or medium sized BAME companies, primarily in the regions, which are owned and managed by BAME off-screen talent. They will be matched with C5’s nine-strong commissioning team. C5 […]

Red Arrow strikes factual deals with A+E Networks

Red Arrow Studios International has struck a batch of deals with A+E Networks UK and A+E Networks Germany across its slate of factual titles, covering German speaking markets, the UK and Africa. Red Arrow Studios International has sold a package of shows to A+E Networks Germany, including Countdown to Apollo (8×22-minutes) from Steve Rotfield Productions; […]

Australia’s Optus Sport teams with DAZN

Sports group DAZN has struck a content distribution partnership with Australian telco Optus’ sports streaming service. DAZN’s newly launched cloud-native content distribution service, DAZN Connect, will deliver video IP back-up feeds to Optus Sport across its portfolio of sporting events. Optus Sports has rights to the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Nations League […]

Viacom International Studios UK wins first ITV order

Viacom International Studios (VIS) UK has picked up its first ever third-party commission, a two-part series for ITV titled Trevor McDonald’s Indian Train Adventure. Previously known as Elephant House Studios, VIS has until now produced content solely for Viacom’s UK channels, including Channel 5, MTV and Comedy Central. The 2×60-minute documentary follows newsreader and presenter […]

Netflix boards ‘Age of Samurai’ drama doc

Netflix and Blue Ant Media-run Smithsonian Canada have commissioned Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan, a drama doc about the warring kingdoms of feudal Japan. Billed as a ‘real life Game of Thrones’, Age of Samurai is produced by Cream Productions and the showrunner is director Simon George (World War II From Space, Barbarians Rising, Origins). The show […]

Film & Television Charity launches industry mental health study

The Film & Television Charity has launched the UK’s first ever industry-wide study of mental health and wellbeing. The move comes amid heightened industry focus on mental health, following the death of a number of participants in reality TV series, and a growing awareness that women and men working behind the cameras could also be […]

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