Scripted


WarnerMedia’s HBO Max sees subs soar but division loses $960m

WarnerMedia owner AT&T has revealed the ongoing damage to its earnings caused by the global pandemic, but also posted better news about the uptake of its recently launched streamer. Unveiling the results, AT&T said HBO Max had added 8.6 million subscribers through Q3, more than doubling the 4.1 million it attracted in the second quarter. […]

Gaumont signs ‘La Jauría’ showrunner Lucía Puenzo to multi-year development deal

French studio Gaumont has signed Argentinean Cromo and La Jauría showrunner Lucía Puenzo to a multi-year development deal, with two projects already set. The first series to come out of the partnership will be Futuro Desierto, a near-future, dystopian thriller centered around a robotics engineer who moves his family to a remote town in Patagonia, where […]

Tiger Aspect MD Damian Kavanagh to step down after two years

Damian Kavanagh, MD of Banijay-owned UK producer Tiger Aspect, is to leave the company. The former BBC Three controller joined the Peaky Blinders prodco in early 2019, with a remit across the creative and strategic direction of the company. He had reported into Peter Salmon, who was appointed in August as executive chairman at Banijay UK, following […]

Kids round-up: Disney+ sets ‘Willow’ sequel; eOne readies more ‘Power Rangers’; Apple TV+ expands ‘Peanuts’ deal

Disney+ sets ‘Willow’ sequel series Disney+ has finally confirmed that the long-expected sequel series to the George Lucas-produced 1988 fantasy adventure feature Willow is set to enter production next year. The series is being produced by Lucasfilm and it will be the company’s first foray into non-Star Wars storytelling since 2015. Jon M Chu (Crazy […]

Viasat World’s Epic Drama welcomes ‘Singapore Grip’ as part of ITVS deal

Viasat World has acquired more than 150 hours of scripted series from ITV Studios (ITVS) for its Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)-focused channel and SVOD service Epic Drama. The services will offer the CEE exclusive to Singapore Grip, which is from Mammoth Screen and centres on a wealthy British family living in Singapore at the time of […]

BritBox appoints Emily Powers to lead streamer in North America

UK content streamer BritBox has named the new chief for its North American operation, replacing the outgoing Soumya Sriraman. Emily Powers, previously SVP and commercial head for BritBox, becomes EVP & head of BritBox for North America, with a remit to lead on all commercial relationships, distribution partnerships, performance marketing and customer retention. Powers will also explore […]

Quibi closes premium shortform streamer after just seven months

Big budget shortform streamer Quibi is to shut down after just seven months on the market. The platform, which had offered producers budgets of up to $6m per hour, was rolled out on 6 April but faced immediate problems as the Covid-19 pandemic forced potential consumers of its bitesized content to stay at home. The company published […]

Drama round-up: ‘Romulus’ expands into new territories; Lookout Point options ‘Big Girl Small Town’; France Télévisions sees ‘Little Coincidences’

‘Romulus’ expands into new territories Broadcasters in Germany, Russia and Greece have acquired historical epic Romulus in pre-launch sales deals with ITV Studios that extend the series reach to 44 territories. Produced by ITV Studios-owned Cattleya, Sky and Groenlandia, the Latin-language drama has been acquired by Deutsche Telekom for its MagentaTV OTT service in Germany, […]

Banijay returns for France Télévision’s Takis Candilis as scripted charge continues

Banijay has re-hired its former head of scripted programming Takis Candilis as it looks to expand its investment in the genre. Candilis becomes senior advisor at the company, with a remit to identify and bring in co-productions and secure high-end scripted projects in southern Europe. He left Banijay in 2018 for France Télévisions, where he […]

News round-up: Hulu orders ‘Wild Rabbit’; Synchronicity to adapt ‘Mayflies’; Flame inks South Korea and China factual deals

Hulu orders ‘Wild Rabbit’  Hulu has commissioned a one-hour drama from Chambers writer Randy McKinnon, to be produced by Fremantle and Passenger, in association with 20th Television. Wild Rabbit will be directed and executive produced by Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters And Men, Top Boy) and is described as a love story exploring perseverance, passion, and […]

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