ZDF Enterprises launches drama joint venture with German prodco ndF

ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has linked up with Germany’s Neue Deutsche Filmgesellschaft (NDF) to launch a new production company that will create drama for ZDFE’s parent broadcaster. FictionMagnet Produktions will develop and produce scripted product for ZDF from its base near Munich, with NDF CEOs, Eric Welbers and Matthias Walther, heading up the new company. Plans […]

TV4’s Maria Mowbray & Cem Yeter launch prodco with private equity backing

Swedish exec duo Maria Mowbray and Cem Yeter, head of development and deputy head of channels at TV4, are stepping down to start a new production company that has been backed by private equity (PE). Dare Television, which is being launched with Swedish PE firm Holtback Group, will create and produce entertainment, documentary and drama […]

ITV preps for ‘Love Island’ return after host Caroline Flack’s death, aged 40

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is preparing to return Love Island to screens with an episode dedicated to its former host Caroline Flack, whose death was reported over the weekend. News of Flack’s death from suicide first emerged on Saturday, prompting the show’s channel ITV2 to postpone both that day’s Love Island: Unseen Bits programme and […]

News round-up: ‘Wild Republic’ starts shooting; Podcaster Cadence 13 develops sports TV series; Painless strikes paranormal deal with Rob Saffi

Shooting begins on MagentaTV’s Wild Republic Principal photography has begun on MagentaTV drama Wild Republic at Germany’s MMC Studios and in Cologne. The drama adventure series tells the story of a group of juvenile offenders who take refuge in the high Alps, forming a new society according to their own laws. Wild Republic will premiere […]

BBC buys Australian noir and French supernatural dramas

BBC buys Australian noir and French supernatural dramas The BBC has acquired two scripted series –  Australian noir The Secrets She Keeps and supernatural French drama The Last Wave. Acquired from DCD Rights, The Secrets She Keeps is a 6×60-minute Lingo Pictures series adaptation of author Michael Robotham’s novel of the same name. It is […]

Keshet takes ‘Christine Keeler’ around the world

Keshet International has struck a raft of sales deals for BBC One’s sex scandal drama The Trial of Christine Keeler. Deals have been completed in Australia, Benelux, Africa, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and New Zealand for the six part drama, which has just finished a well-received run in the UK. In Australia, KI has sold the […]

Disney hires Liam Keelan to run TV production in Europe and Africa

Former BBC executive Liam Keelan is to join The Walt Disney Company to oversee original productions in Europe and Africa for its TV and Disney+ services. Keelan joins Disney’s Television and Direct-to-Consumer business as vice president of original productions, television for Europe & Africa on 2nd March. Based in London, Keelan will lead a team […]

Sky, HBO renew Iannucci’s ‘Avenue 5’

Sky and HBO have renewed Armando Iannucci’s Avenue 5 for a second season. Created and executive produced by Iannucci, Avenue 5 stars Hugh Laurie and is co-produced by Sky and HBO. It kicked off its first nine-episode run in January. Avenue 5 is set forty years in the future when travelling the solar system is […]

BBC orders ‘Lightning’ quiz format

BBC Two has ordered a new entertainment format, Lightning, hosted by comic Zoe Lyons, to play in a late afternoon, teatime slot. Devised and produced by Banijay Group’s Fizz and Northern Ireland-based Nice One TV, the 25×30-minute Lightning is billed as a fast-paced and frantic format that sees the traditional quiz show collide with gameshow, and leaves […]

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