France’s Ampersand picks up Russia’s ‘The Dead Lake’ for global sales

French distributor Ampersand Fiction has picked up the Russian thriller The Dead Lake for international distribution. The 8 x 52-minute series is produced by Moscow-based 1-2-3 Production and originally aired on GPM Entertainment Television. Directed by by Roman Prygunov (Dukhless) and written by Roman Kantor (To The Lake), the series follows a Moscow detective who is […]

Blackbox’s Giuliano Papadia & Mediapro’s Stephen Johnstone share ‘58 Seconds’

With The Berlin International Film Festival underway this week and its Co-Pro Series launching today, Mark Layton gets the inside line on medical drama co-production 58 Seconds from BlackBox Multimedia CEO Giuliano Papadia and The Mediapro Studio’s content head Stephen Johnstone. Co-productions have been a mainstay of the global drama business for decades but in a fractured world […]

News round-up: Discovery preps YA drama ‘Nach’; Elisa Viihde Viaplay adapts ITVS drama; ZDFE joins ‘Crimson Rivers’

Discovery preps YA drama Nach Discovery Nordic is preparing to launch an eight-part coming-of-age drama from Banijay-owned scripted label Rubicon. Nach (After Party) follows a university drop-out who is thrown out of her houseshare and moves in with her big sister, before becoming caught up with emotions for her sister’s boyfriend. The situation unravels during eight very […]

‘The Terminator’ is back for Netflix anime

Netflix is launching a new anime series based on the Terminator franchise, from US prodco Skydance and Japanese anime studio Production IG. Mattson Tomlin (Project Power, The Batman) will serve as showrunner and executive producer on the series, a new instalment in the sci-fi action franchise that initially served as a starring vehicle for Austrian-American […]

Hulu sets Mike Tyson drama, boxer hits out at series & preps own project

US boxing icon Mike Tyson has hit back after Hulu announced a straight-to-series order for Iron Mike, a scripted limited series dramatising the events of his life. The streamer has commissioned an eight-part series from I, Tonya writer Steven Rogers and director Craig Gillespie, with that film’s Margot Robbie set to exec produce, via her […]

Beta Film takes global rights to AMC, Movistar+ drama ‘La Fortuna’

Germany’s Beta Film has picked up international distribution rights to Movistar+ and AMC’s drama La Fortuna, which marks Oscar-winning director Alejandro Amenábar’s (The Others, The Sea Inside) first venture into TV series. La Fortuna, which stars Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones, Hunger Games) and Clarke Peters (The Wire), is based on the true-to-life discovery in […]

Cottonwood, ZDF, ZDFE, HBO Max & Globo to co-pro ‘Theodosia’ adaptation

French kids prodco Cottonwood Media, German pubcaster ZDF, its co-pro and distribution arm ZDF Enterprises, US streamer HBO Max and Brazilian media giant Globo have teamed up to co-produce Theodosia, a new live-action Egyptology-themed kids series. The 26 x 30-minute series is produced by Cottonwood Media’s David Michel, Cécile Lauritano and Zoé Carrera Allaix, while Joe Williams (Hank Zipzer’s Christmas […]

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