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Hulu captures 12 Monkeys

Hulu has acquired US streaming rights to Syfy series 12 Monkeys. The on-demand service has picked up the first season of the show, a time-travel series loosely based on the movie of the same name. Linear cable nets are increasingly shopping VOD and SVOD rights to shows ahead of the new season launches on their […]

Isaacs exits Kudos, reunites with Featherstone

Dan Isaacs (below left) is leaving his post as co-CEO of Endemol Shine Group-owned Kudos to reunite with former production partner Jane Featherstone, who recently revealed her new indie. Isaacs’ co-chief executive Diederick Santer (below right) will now lead Kudos as its sole CEO, with Warner Bros Television Production UK group commercial and business affairs […]

Sky Arts retells Gaiman’s Likely Stories

UK satellite channel Sky Arts has commissioned a four-part scripted series from cult writer Neil Gaiman. Likely Stories will be adapted from Gaiman’s collection of short stories by British indie Sid Gentle Films. Ian Forsyth and Jane Pollard (20,000 Days on Earth) will direct, with Jarvis Cocker creating a score. Sky Vision, which is part […]

ABC loses drama, children’s bosses

Two senior programming executives are leaving Australia’s pubcaster, the ABC. Head of fiction Carole Sklan and head of children’s Deidre Brennan are both exiting the organisation. Sklan’s departure at the end of February comes after six years running ABC Fiction, while Brennan is leaving “to pursue new opportunities within the international market”. Deputy head of […]

All3Media America poaches Lifetime’s Lederman

Nina Lederman has joined All3Media’s US operation in the newly-created role of executive VP, scripted programming. Lederman has been at US cable net Lifetime for the past seven years as senior VP, scripted programming and development. Her credits there include the channel’s breakout hit UnReal. She also worked on upcoming Omen-inspired series Damien. At All3Media […]

Bavaria poaches Tandem exec for int’l push

Bavaria Fernsehproduktion has poached Moritz Polter from Tandem, and the new recruit will lead an international expansion effort at the German producer. Bavaria Fernsehproduktion is a subsidiary of Bavaria Film and ZDF Enterprises, and one of Germany’s most longstanding and largest production groups. Moritz takes the newly-created role of executive producer, international television series, at […]

Starz to follow White Queen with White Princess

Starz has greenlit The White Princess, a follow-up to its successful War of the Roses period drama The White Queen (pictured). Like its forbear, The White Princess will be based on a Philippa Gregory novel set in the Tudor period, and be produced by All3Media backed producer Company Pictures. The White Queen writer Emma Frost […]

McCumber rises as NBCU rejigs entertainment

NBCUniversal is shaking up its entertainment networks division, with USA Networks president Chris McCumber heading up a new-look unit. McCumber will be president of NBCU Entertainment Networks, a group comprising USA, Syfy, Chiller and Cloo. Syfy president Dave Howe is being moved to a new post as president, strategy and commercial growth at NBCU Cable […]

Amazon preps first German original

Amazon Prime Instant Video has ordered its first original German drama. Wanted will star movie actor Matthias Schweighöfer, and debut on the SVOD platform in 2017. E-commerce giant Amazon described the commission as a “milestone”, while also noting Schweighöfer would make his directorial debut on the show. Schweighöfer’s Pantaleon Entertainment, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Warner […]

Ron Howard’s Imagine receives investment

Empire coproducer Imagine Entertainment has received “a significant investment” from global merchant bank The Raine Group. This will allow LA-based producer Imagine, which Ron Howard and Brain Grazer lead, to move into branded content and digital formats. The money may also be used to finance “organic growth opportunities” and “potential acquisitions”. “With Raine’s investment, Imagine […]