Disney+ unveils first Australia slate, with ‘significant investment’ planned

Disney+ has unveiled its first wave of locally produced shows from Australia, with nine programmes on the slate. Three scripted series are in the works – The Clearing, The Artful Dodger and Last Days Of The Space Age – alongside four docs and two lifestyle/fact ent series. All nine shows will debut next year on the streamer […]

Tomorrow Studios inks first-look deal with Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light

US-based Tomorrow Studios has inked a first-look deal with Frank Spotnitz’s UK indie Big Light Productions. The agreement will see Tomorrow “tap into Big Light’s network of established and emerging writers, and pursuit of sought after-IP” to expand both companies’ development slates. Tomorrow, which is a partnership between CEO and founder Marty Adelstein and ITV […]

C4 doubles down on Waddell’s docuseries ‘Britain’s Most Expensive Houses’

Channel 4 in the UK has doubled its order for Britain’s Most Expensive Houses by greenlighting an eight-part second season from Belfast producers Waddell Media. The docuseries, which uses exclusive access to luxury estate agency UK Sotheby’s International Realty, explores some of the UK’s most expensive properties and the people behind them. Each episode of […]

Sky links with Expectation for true crime docuseries about ‘Rettenden Murders’

UK-based pay TV operator Sky is expanding its true crime docuseries output with a show about one of Britain’s most notorious crimes. The Essex Murders (working title) is from UK prodco Expectation and will explore the so-called Rettenden Murders in the mid 1990’s, which led to two men being jailed for life who still maintain their […]

Dutch duo Het Huis Van Asporaat & Kaap Holland launch Huntu Productions

Dutch producer Het Huis Van Asporaat has partnered with Maarten Swart of Kaap Holland to launch label Huntu Productions. The company, which is co-owned by Kaap Holland and Het Huis Van Asporaat, is developing and producing comedy and drama, with its first show the third instalment of the feature film series Bon Bini Holland. Het Huis […]

Paramount ups streaming chiefs to lead Paramount+ & Pluto TV expansion

Paramount Global has promoted execs Marco Nobili and Olivier Jollet to help drive the international expansion of Paramount+ and Pluto TV in what it describes as a “crucial year” for its streaming services. Nobili has been upped to EVP and international general manager of Paramount+, where he will lead on strategy and execution for the SVOD’s continued […]

France set to abolish TV licence fee later this year

France’s TV landscape could soon be transformed after it emerged that plans to scrap the country’s annual audiovisual licence fee are set to be introduced later this year. The proposal, which was part of recently re-elected president Emmanuel Macron’s election pledges, will see the €138 ($143) annual charge applied to households with a TV, scrapped. […]

UK government extends $25m support for creative industries

The UK government has pledged a further £21m ($25m) in funding for the country’s TV, film and video game sectors. The department for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) has formally confirmed that the UK Global Screen Fund, which was launched in response to the pandemic, will be extended for a further three years. The […]

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