Scripted


Showtime picks up Kirsten Dunst YouTube series

Showtime has picked up On Becoming a God in Central Florida, a nine part series starring Kirsten Dunst that was previously set to debut on YouTube. The acquisition comes as YouTube scales back its original scripted series slate and moves away from a premium content model towards an ad-supported model for originals. YouTube has held […]

Kinetic Content readies scripted venture

Kinetic Content founding CEO Chris Coelen has agreed a multi-year extension of his contract with parent company Red Arrow Studios, and is planning the launch of a new scripted venture. Red Arrow Studios acquired the LA-based non-scripted TV production company in 2010, which produces show such as Married at First Sight and Little Women (Lifetime), […]

The House that Gurinder built

Director and screenwriter Gurinder Chadha’s first large-scale drama series Beecham House, to be screened next month on ITV, will kickstart a focused period of television programme-making for the award-winning filmmaker. Ross Biddiscombe reports Gurinder Chadha – famous for modern classics such as Bend It Like Beckham and Bhaji On The Beach – says that in […]

Glenda Jackson returns to TV for BBC One’s ‘Elizabeth Is Missing’

Double Oscar winner Glenda Jackson (Women In Love, Elizabeth R) is to star in BBC One’s adaptation of Elizabeth Is Missing, marking her return to the screen after over 25 years. Adapted from Emma Healey’s novel by Andrea Gibb (Swallows And Amazons), Elizabeth Is Missing will be directed by Aisling Walsh (Room At The Top) […]

Sky orders ‘The Trip to Greece’

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are to reunite with director Michael Winterbottom for The Trip to Greece, the fourth instalment of their comedy series. The Sky original series, from Revolution Films, will see the duo’s fictionalised characters embark on a road trip around Greece, dining in Greek hot spots including Assos, Kavala, Stagira, Athens, Epidaurus, […]

MGM options young adult sci-fi thriller ‘Aurora Rising’

MGM Television has optioned young adult sci-fi thriller Aurora Rising, written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The novel, published on May 7, is from Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. Bill Todman, Jr. and Edward Milstein (Married To The Mob, Grandma’s Boy, Wild Wild West, Ace Ventura) will executive produce […]

Conecta Fiction: Flipping the script

In June, the Spanish city of Pamplona-Iruña will host the third edition of Conecta Fiction, a four-day annual event where the creativity, financing and co-production of scripted TV will take centre stage. Andy Fry reports Explaining why Conecta Fiction adds value to what is already a packed schedule of markets and networking events, its director […]

Sky to double down on originals under in-house Studios banner

Sky is to double down on investment in originals under new production banner Sky Studios.  The Comcast-backed, Europe-wide development and production outfit plans to double its investment in programming over the next five years. Sky Studios will create new productions for Sky channels, NBC broadcast and cable channels and Universal Pictures, as well as for […]

Lionsgate strikes two-year output deal with Hulu, FX

Disney-controlled streamer Hulu and cable channel FX have struck a two-year output deal with Lionsgate for films released in 2020 and 2021. The deal is understood to mark the first time an SVOD and cable channel have partnered on a theatrical output deal. The slate for 2020 includes such films as I Still Believe, a biopic […]

Streaming round-up: WarnerMedia lines up ‘Dune’, Amazon teams with Bullock

WarnerMedia taps ‘Blade Runner 2049’ director for ‘Dune’ series adaptation WarnerMedia has tapped French-Canadian Blade Runner 2049 and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve to helm a sci-fi series for the business’s forthcoming streaming service. Dune: The Sisterhood is produced by Legendary Television, and will serve as a companion series to Warner Bros.’ film reboot of Dune, which Villeneuve is also directing […]

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