Robert Kirkman’s Skybound to adapt Korean feature The Villainess

Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment and Next Entertainment World’s Content Panda have partnered to produce The Villainess, a scripted series based on the 2017 Korean film of the same name. Skybound and Contents Panda are currently looking for a writer for The Villainess. Jung Byung-gil, who directed the original film, is attached to direct to pilot episode. […]

ITV readies new drama from Downton Abbey creator

ITV has greenlit Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes’ adaptation of his novel Belgravia. NBCUniversal-backed Carnival Films, the makers of Downton Abbey, are to produce the period drama. Published in 2016, Belgravia is set in the 1840s and follows the social mixing of established London elite with emerging industrial nouveau riche. The story begins on the […]

Tinopolis taps Studio Ramsay’s creative chief

International TV production and distribution group Tinopolis has hired Studio Ramsay’s chief creative officer Chris Brogden as director of content. Brogden will report to Tinopolis CEO Arwel Rees and takes up the role this January. He will work with Tinopolis’ production companies in the UK and US to develop a transatlantic production strategy and maximise opportunities in […]

Propagate creates new role for Isabel San Vargas

Propagate has promoted Isabel San Vargas to the newly created role of president for production and operations. San Vargas will continue to report to co-CEO Howard T. Owens and president Greg Lipstone, who announced the news. Having previously served as executive VP, San Vargas will now oversee all aspects of production and operations, including international […]

Amazon, Circle of Confusion to develop drama based on graphic novel

Circle of Confusion Television Studios, a joint venture between Circle of Confusion and ITV Studios America, will co-develop a one-hour drama with Amazon, based on Image Comics’ graphic novel Six. Named Thirteen, the sci-fi thriller will be about a cold-blooded alien agent who comes to earth to track down and bring back twelve alien defectors. […]

COBA: UK TV investment by multichannel broadcasters tops £1bn for the first time

Investment in UK home-grown television programmes by multichannel broadcasters has hit £1.1bn, according to a report from industry body the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA). The finding – which saw multichannel broadcasters invest £1.1bn in UK production in 2017 – marks the first time annual investment in the production of UK television content by the multichannel […]

Big Brother makes a comeback in Poland & Finland

Endemol Shine Group’s Big Brother is returning to Poland and Finland after a hiatus. ESG has been commissioned by Poland’s original carrier of the show, TVN, to produce a new series which will air in spring 2019 on TVN7. The originals series launched in the country in 2001. Meanwhile, Nelonen Media is onboard for a […]

Korea’s tvN to adapt Designated Survivor

CJ E&M’s entertainment network tvN is set to remake Netflix political drama Designated Survivor to air in 2019. tvN revealed its upcoming 2019 drama slate, which will include an adaptation of the Kiefer Sutherland-fronted drama. Other debuts include The Crowned Clown, which launched with peak ratings in the first week of January, crime-thriller series Confessions, romance […]

Discovery applies for Netherlands channel licences ahead of Brexit

Discovery is applying for new broadcast licences in the Netherlands for its European pay TV channel portfolio, ahead of Britain’s scheduled exit from the Europe Union on 29 March. A spokesperson for the broadcaster confirmed that Discovery is applying for around 50 licences in the Netherlands for services that were previously licensed in the UK […]

Eurodata: Local drama dominated primetime in 2018

Eurodata’s scripted series report for 2018 shows that local drama was the most popular prime time genre for channels and viewers. The report, which analyses the schedules of over 100 channels in 12 countries, shows that across channels two-thirds of the series broadcast during prime time are locally produced, up five points up from 2017. […]