Sky Vision, Merman sign script deal

UK-based distributor Sky Vision has signed an exclusive three-script development deal with Merman, the transatlantic producer behind Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe. Sky Vision will get a first look at a selection of scripted projects from Merman, with the option to distribute them internationally. The sales arm of European satcaster Sky already sells scripted shows such […]

Viki orders Kirkman pre-apocalypse original

International online video platform Viki has exclusively bagged a Robert Kirkman-created original drama set in a pre-apocalyptic world. Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment will produce Five Year, which is about a family living on an Earth that set five years away from being struck by a deadly meteor. The 16-episode show will be filmed as a Korean […]

Netflix bags Jason Bateman drama

Streaming service Netflix has landed a Jason Bateman-created drama that comes from the production company behind House of Cards. Various US outlets are reporting that the SVOD platform has greenlit Ozark, which comes from HOC firm Media Rights Capital and Aggregate following a few months of negotiations. Ozark comes from feature films writer Bill Dubuque […]

Cesar Diaz’s 7A to distribute VIP 2000’s drama

7A Media, the distributor set up by Cisneros veteran Cesar Diaz, has inked a deal with Roxana Rotundo’s VIP 2000 TV. US-based 7A will sell VIP 2000’s scripted series under the terms of the deal. The content company franchises out production work, and has used this new production model to make 45-part drama Escandalos (Scandals), […]

Fox burying Bones

Fox has ordered a new season of Bones, which the network said will be the last of the long-running procedural. The twelfth and final run of the show will take the number of episodes in Bones to 246, making it one of Fox’s longest-running series ever. “In times like these, marked by instability and doubt, […]

Houlind takes Banijay Zodiak Nordic top job

Jacob Houlind has been named group CEO of a merged Nordic division at fledgling super-indie Banijay Group. Houlind (left), previously CEO of Nordisk Film TV, will lead Banijay Zodiak Nordic, with Zodiak Nordic chief executive Johannes Jensen named VP and deputy group CEO. Banijay Zodiak Nordic will comprise the merged Scandinavian assets of Banijay Group […]

Sky Deutschland appoints content supremo

Sky’s German unit has upped Elke Walthelm to executive VP, content, filling a role vacated by Gary Davey when he took the wider role as content chief across Sky’s European footprint. Walthelm will oversee programming at Sky Deutschland, reporting directly to the pay TV operation’s CEO, Carsten Schmidt. The role covers original programming, acquisitions, on-demand […]

New prodco teams with Bond producers, Red Arrow

Producers Patrick Milling-Smith and Brian Carmody have formed a new prodco, Cove Pictures, with backing from Red Arrow, and forged an alliance with James Bond producer Eon Pictures. Milling-Smith and Carmody are known for creating film, TV and commercials producer Smuggler. That company will invest in Cove, alongside Red Arrow, the content arm of ProSiebenSat.1. […]

News brief: US SVOD deal for Detectorists

Acorn TV has acquired the second season of UK comedy series Detectorists for its US SVOD service. Acorn, which is programmed with UK and international content, said it has also picked up a new season of UK cirme procedural Vera. That show is distributed by ITV Studios. Detectorists is sold internationally by DRG. In the […]

SVT, Viaplay co-order restaurant drama

Swedish broadcaster SVT and its commercial on-demand rival Viaplay have co-commissioned a period drama set in a restaurant set at the end of World War II. Beginning at the end of World War II in Europe on May 7, 1945, Vår Tid är Nu (Our Time is Now) will run to 20 parts and launch […]