Scripted


UK-Brazil coproduction treaty ratified

The UK and Brazil production treaty has finally been formalised, smoothing the way for TV and film coproductions between the two countries. The pact was negotiated by the British Film Institute on the UK side, with support from the UK government, and the Brazilian Film Agency (BRAVI). Productions covered by the treaty will be given national […]

Sundance orders first SVOD scripted series

New US streaming service Sundance Now has become the latest SVOD platform to order an original scripted series. The AMC Networks-owned service has given the straight-to-series greenlight to The Chances, which is billed as a comedy-drama written and performed deaf actors Shoshanna Stern and Josh Feldman. Traditional broadcasters have been attempting to reach millennial audiences […]

Ex-ITV Studios exec joins DRG drama club

Former ITV Studios, Shine Group and Cineflix exec Dave Clarke has joined UK-based DRG to bolster its drama ranks. Clarke has signed a 12-month contract as scripted development and acquisitions consultant. Besides working with the DRG acquisitions team to find new scripted programmes, he will also locate suitable projects for the recently announced Atrium TV […]

HBO Nordic, Zee take on The Good Fight

CBS has shopped The Good Fight to HBO in Europe and Zee in India. The Good Wife spin-off is on CBS All Access streaming service in the US and has just been renewed for a second season. The ten-episode first season will launch on HBO’s Nordic service at the start of June. HBO Nordic has […]

Warner lines up DC digital service

Warner Bros. Television is working on a pair of original series for a soon-to-launch DC-branded digital service. Warner and DC Entertainment are preparing live-action drama Titans and animation Young Justice: Outsiders for the platform, which is scheduled to go direct-to-consumer next year. Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group (WBDNG) will operate the currently unnamed service, which […]

BBC drama launch in India

BBC Worldwide is launching its BBC First brand in India for the first time, and the drama service will bow as a branded block on the Zee Café network. BBC First is the drama channel that came out of BBC Worldwide rejigging its international nets in 2015. In Asia it has launched as an on-demand […]

Globomedia co-founder creates drama unit

A cofounder of Globomedia, Daniel Écija, is creating a ‘fiction factory’ within the Spanish-language production giant. Écija’s production division launches with an exclusive, five-year agreement in place with Mediapro Group-owned Globomedia. Écija is one of Spain’s best-known showrunners, having worked up Globomedia-produced scripted series including Family Doctor, The Serranos, Paco’s Men and The Boat. His new […]

Fremantle buys a portion of Duck Soup

FremantleMedia has taken a 25% stake in Duck Soup Films, the UK film and TV indie set up by the producers of This is England and Utopia. Seasoned producers Libby Durdy, Bekki Wray-Rogers and Jessica Holyland set up Duck Soup in 2015. “Duck Soup is an exciting business with three incredibly talented founders at its […]

Eliza Dushku sets up Black Company fantasy series

Eliza Dushku’s Boston Diva Productions and David Goyer’s Phantom Four are teaming with IM Global Television to develop a TV series based upon the Glen Cook fantasy book series The Black Company. Diva has optioned the ten-book fantasy epic series and the upcoming instalment, Port of Shadows, which comes out next year. Dushku (Bull and […]

Writers Guild vote authorises strike

The Writers Guild of America members have overwhelmingly voted to authorise a strike that would see them stop working for production companies. Over 96% voted in favour of the option to strike should a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers fail to materialise. The strike could begin on May 2, when […]