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HBO confirms shorter Game of Thrones season

The next season of HBO juggernaut Game of Thrones will be shorter than previous runs and launch later in the year than usual. Producers had already intimated the shortened seventh run would shoot later in than the normal cycle to reflect colder, winter weather important to plotlines. This has now been confirmed, with production taking […]

Sony buys into Jordskott team’s Swedish prodco

Sony has bought into Palladium Fiction, the Swedish firm behind mystery drama hit Jordskott. Sony Pictures Television has taken a minority stake for an undisclosed amount, and will sell Palladium’s content internationally with the prodco focused on high-end drama for the international market. Its current projects include season two of Jordskott, which goes out on […]

Sky follows up The Five with The Four

Sky has ordered another original drama from best-selling novelist Harlan Coben (pictured), The Four. The pay TV operator has greenlit the series for its flagship Sky 1 channel after its successful launch of another Coben series, The Five. Despite the numerical link, the two series are unrelated. They do share the same producer/distributor credits, with […]

NBC, Dick Wolf join true crime craze

US broadcaster NBC and its most prolific procedurals creator, Dick Wolf, are getting in on the true crime trend. Law & Order: True Crime – The Menendez Murders will be an extension of writer-producer Wolf’s Law & Order franchise, but instead of closed episodes will run to eight parts that follow one case. Rene Balcer, […]

Fox names drama, comedy chiefs

US-based Twentieth Century Fox Television has new drama and comedy development chiefs. Fox 21 Television Studios’ Brandon Brito and Alloy Entertainment’s Cheryl Dolins will take on the roles that Lisa Katz and Dana Honor previously held. Brito will be senior VP, drama development and Dolins SVP, comedy development. Both execs report to 20th Television’s executive […]

Catastrophe continues at Amazon

Amazon Prime Video in the US will have the next two seasons of British relationship comedy Catastrophe. UK broadcaster Channel 4 this week ordered seasons three and four of the show, which comes from Avalon Television, Merman and Birdbath Productions. Amazon had invested in the first two seasons in exchange for exclusive on-demand rights in […]

Telefe creating Maradona drama set piece

The life story of legendary footballer Diego Maradona is to be told as a drama series for Argentinian network Telefe. Telefe content director Tomas Yankelevich said he was looking to bring in more partners who could make the series “an unprecedented super-production” after signing a deal with the football icon. Maradona will be the centrepiece […]

Germany’s Beta makes another Spanish drama move

Munich-based Beta Film has picked up international rights to Spanish TV drama Light of Elna. The German distributor has fared well with Spanish drama, successfully selling Velvet and Grand Hotel, and has added a new Spanish titles to its sales slate. Nazi refugee TV movie Light of Elna is directed by Sílvia Quer (Velvet, Grand Hotel) […]

Endemol Shine locks Guy Ritchie into deal

Endemol Shine Studios has secured an exclusive, multi-year development deal with Lock, Stocking and Two Smoking Barrels director Guy Ritchie. This will see the US studio arm of Endemol Shine Group working with Ritchie and his production partner, Lionel Wigram, who co-founded Ritchie/Wigram Productions. This marks the first time Ritchie, who is known for creating […]

Netflix bags Disjointed Chuck Lorre series

Netflix has ordered a 20-part straight-to-series comedy from comedy guru Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros. Television. Disjointed will star Kathy Bates as a lifelong legalisation advocate who is living her dream as the owner of an LA cannabis dispensary. Lorre (pictured), who’s behind CBS comedies such as The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half […]