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Richard Yee: Getting Karl Pilkington into scripted

Sick of It director and co-writer Richard Yee tells TBI how he convinced The Idiot Abroad’s Karl Pilkington to take on the challenge of scripted drama in a two-part role reflecting his everyday conversations with himself. Sick of It is the new Sky drama about London cabbie Karl, a man attempting to get over a […]

Liberty: DR’s last international drama?

Ahead of the news that DR is to cut spend on international drama and focus its efforts on regional content, Nick Edwards reports on what may well be the last of big international investments in the genre at the Danish broadcaster With shows such as The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge, Danish national broadcaster DR […]

Netflix takes bite out of BBC One’s Dracula

BBC One and Netflix are partnering on a three-part adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Sherlock producers Hartswood Films is producing the 3 x 90-minute series, which is co-created and co-written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. The drama is to reintroduce audiences to the Transylvanian vampire. Dracula was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, director of BBC […]

Script to Screen: MotherFatherSon

Luring Richard Gere to television after a 30-year break, BBC Two’s MotherFatherSon examines family, power dynamics and the turbulent media world Act 1 BBC Studios Production’s Head of Drama, Hilary Salmon, had worked previously with writer Tom Rob Smith on the critically acclaimed BBC Two drama London Spy, so when the prolific novelist and screenwriter […]

France Televisions boards Federation’s Josephine and Napoleon

France Télévisions has boarded Federation Entertainment and Ecosse Films’ marquee period drama Josephine and Napoleon. The 8 x 52-minute French Revolution-set drama, which is currently in development, is created by showrunner Tony Saint (Das Boot) and follows the relationship between the French artistocrat and 25-year-old Napoleon Bonaparte. The Artist and The Past actor Bérénice Bejo […]

Writer’s Room: Inside Informer

Consider all angles and perspectives of a character to write more nuanced and textured stories, say Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, the writers behind BBC One drama Informer, about a second-generation Pakistani man who goes undercover for the British counter-terrorism police. It is early evening, and the two of us are having dinner with a […]

Endeavor invests in first UK scripted prodco

Endeavor Content is backing a new scripted production business helmed by Channel 4 drama boss Simon Maxwell, marking its first scripted TV partnership in the UK.  Endeavor is the lead investor in the business, and will serve as strategic partner. Maxwell will leave Channel 4 at the end of the year. He is responsible for spearheading […]

Studiocanal’s La Porta Rossa gets Russian remake

Studiocanal and TV-3 Russia have inked a deal to give the studio’s crime thriller La Porta Rossa a Russian remake. The series will be produced in-house by TV-3’s production arm, 1-2-3 Production, and will be distributed internationally by Studiocanal. Sarah Mottershead, sales executive at Studiocanal, brokered the deal. The finished Italian original was previously sold to […]

Robert Kirkman’s Skybound & SPT launch scripted venture

Skybound Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has launched Skybound Galactic, a new venture formed and led by Rick Jacobs (pictured) that will finance the development and production of scripted television series. SPT is an investor in Galactic and will sell international rights for projects from the venture. Skybound Galactic’s current development includes Thief of […]

Scandi nets team for series based on murdered journalist Kim Wall

Denmark’s TV 2 and Sweden’s TV4 and C More have partnered with Miso Film to develop Investigation, a brand new Scandinavian crime series based on the investigation of the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall. Written and directed by Tobias Lindholm (Borgen), the drama will offer a unique insight into the complex investigation carried out […]

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