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Dynamic Television bolsters development with ABC and Shoe Money exec hires

Harry Wild producer Dynamic Television has hired execs from Snowfall outfit Shoe Money Productions and US broadcaster ABC to bolster its development division. Rachel Taff has been named director of development, while Will Baldwin becomes manager of development. Both will be based out of LA and report to Daniel March, managing partner of Dynamic Television. […]

Amazon Japan adapting Oz comedy ‘No Activity’

Amazon Prime Video has commissioned a Japanese adaptation of Australian comedy No Activity as an Amazon Original. Produced by Daiei Film/TV, written by Jiro of the comedy duo Sissone and directed by Tsutomu Hanabusa, the series will follow Shingo Tokita (Etsushi Toyokawa), a constantly low-ranked detective who has given up on building a successful career, […]

Investigation Discovery targets Arrow Media for true crime

Discovery-owned US true crime channel Investigation Discovery has commissioned Love, Honor, Betray, a new docuseries about people who betray their spouses. The 6 x 30-minute series is produced by UK factual label Arrow Media, which has also received a further order for 20 more hours of its American Monster series from the channel. Love, Honor, […]

Lion TV US appoints veteran execs Allison Corn & Stan Hsue as co-presidents

Lion Television US, the American office of All3Media’s Lime Pictures, has promoted longtime execs Allison Corn and Stan Hsue to co-presidents. In their new roles, Corn and Hsue, who have been upped from SVP of production and development and SVP of development, respectively, will continue to supervise the creative process – from development to the current […]

Tubi preps first original adult animation with time-travelling ‘Freak Brothers’

Fox-owned AVOD streamer Tubi has unveiled its first original adult animated series, which is based on a cult classic underground comic series. The Freak Brothers has been produced by US-based WTG Enterprises and is based on Gilbert Shelton’s The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. It chronicles the escapades of a trio of stoner anti-establishment characters and […]

ZDF Enterprises takes stake in ‘Unorthodox’ producer Real Film

Germany’s ZDF Enterprises has acquired a 49% stake in producer Real Film. The company, which is a subsidiary of Studio Hamburg, is behind programming including Netflix drams Unorthodox and ZDF crime series Against Angst. The purchase, which is currently awaiting approval from the German antitrust authorities, expands upon ZDF Enterprises’ and Studio Hamburg’s existing non-fiction […]

‘Squid Game’ powers Netflix in Q3, taking subs to more than 213 million

The phenomenal success of Korean thriller series Squid Game helped Netflix to beat forecasts for Q3. The company recovered from two consecutive underwhelming quarters to add 4.38 million paid subscribers for a total of 213.6 million worldwide. This surpassed internal projections of 3.5 million additions, with almost half of the new adds coming from APAC. […]

Exclusive: Duolingo hires PBS Kids chief Linda Simensky in originals push

Veteran children’s TV executive Linda Simensky has left US broadcaster PBS to lead animation and scripted content at Duolingo, TBI has learned. Simensky is taking up the new role of head of animation & scripted content at the fast-growing language-learning company, with a remit to create scripted and character-driven stories featuring the company’s characters. She […]

HBO Max hires Canal+ exec Vera Peltekian for French originals

WarnerMedia-owned streamer HBO Max has hired veteran Canal+ exec Vera Peltekian as VP and commissioning editor of originals production for France. Peltekian will join the SVOD next month and will be based in Paris, where she will be part of the streamer’s pan-regional team responsible for commissioning and producing content across a range of scripted […]