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Fremantle takes ITV2 back to ‘Supermarket Sweep’

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is bringing back classic gameshow Supermarket Sweep after ordering a 20-episode series for its ITV2 network. The 20 x 60 minute show is being produced by Fremantle-owned producer Thames and will return to screens as a primetime nightly show, hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal. The series will run over four weeks and […]

Netflix in ratings record with ‘Stranger Things’ S3

The latest season of Netflix’s supernatural thriller Stranger Things has broken the company’s viewing records. The third season of the company’s flagship show was watched by 40.7 million households worldwide in its first four days following its launch on July 4. Netflix confirmed via Twitter that this was “more than any other film or series” […]

Amazon partners with Tracy Oliver, Amy Poehler for comedy

Amazon Studios is broadening its comedy offering by ordering a 10-part female-focused series from Tracy Oliver (pictured), with Amy Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions also attached. The untitled show is a single-camera comedy that follows four black women who were friends from college as they navigate sex, relationships and chasing their dreams. It is being produced […]

Facebook’s European content exec Patrick Walker to step down

Facebook’s director of media partnerships in Europe is leaving the social media giant after three years in the role. Patrick Walker was tasked with expanding the company’s content strategy across EMEA, including overseeing the expansion of Facebook Watch, which launched last year. The exec, whose exit was first reported by US trade Deadline, joined Facebook […]

Fox Entertainment unveils Gail Berman’s Sidecar team

Fox Entertainment’s content development division Sidecar has appointed a raft of executives to its senior management team headed by Gail Berman. The recently launched arm, which is not affiliated with any studio since the sale of 20th Century Fox to Disney, will provide content to the network and its associated platforms as well as third […]

Quibi develops reboot of Warner Bros movie ‘The Fugitive’

Soon-to-launch short-form video platform Quibi is developing a reboot of Warner Bros’ 1993 movie The Fugitive, written by Scorpion creator Nick Santora. The show is from US trio Thunder Road Films, 3 Arts Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV, which was behind the Harrison Ford-fronted movie that won an Academy Award for Best Picture. The story […]

Rare TV replaces CEO Fraser with Channel 4’s Gardiner

UK-based factual producer Rare TV has appointed Channel 4 executive Alexander Gardiner as its CEO, replacing Antony Fraser. Gardiner was most recently a consultant commissioning editor at Channel 4 having previously been managing director of UK prodco Shiver, where he led the restructuring of the ITV Studios-owned outfit. He has also served as creative director […]

Renowned Films partners with The Story Lab for entertainment

  Game of Clones distributor The Story Lab has struck a development deal with London- and LA-based producer Renowned Films, with the first project already on the slate. The deal will see the companies develop and co-create factual entertainment content for global audiences across platforms and brands, with a focus on returnable entertainment and factual […]

BBC orders Windrush drama from Left Bank Pictures

The Crown producer Left Bank Pictures is working on a true-life drama about the Windrush immigration scandal in the UK for public broadcaster the BBC. Sitting In Limbo is being written by Stephen S. Thompson (pictured), author of 2000 novel Toy Soldiers, and is based on the story of his brother and his personal struggle […]

BBC Studios invests in Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi

BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has become the latest company to invest in Quibi, the forthcoming short-form service from former Dreamworks exec Jeffrey Katzenberg. Quibi, which is being designed primarily for mobile users and is headed up by CEO Meg Whitman, ordered factual series Fierce Queens (pictured) from BBCS last […]

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