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Power-ful two-season renewal for 50 Cent drama

50 Cent’s Power has received a two-season renewal, guaranteeing it fourth and fifth seasons. The drama series plays on premium cable net Starz in the US and the new season orders follow season-on-season viewership growth through its first three seasons. Rapper 50 Cent will continue as an exec producer in the story of a nightclub […]

Globo offers 4K drama on-demand

Brazilian Globo claims it has become the first mainstream free TV broadcaster to programming in the 4K format. The network has made its first 4K-produced drama, Dangerous Liaisons, available through its on-demand player. SVOD platforms Netflix and Amazon Prime Video already offer their original shows in UHD formats, but broadcasters have been slower to come […]

Netflix, Bell board new Star Trek

Netflix has taken exclusive SVOD rights to the upcoming CBS All Access Star Trek drama series in 188 territories, while Bell Media has landed it in Canada. Additionally, Netflix has officially confirmed a deal with CBS Studios International to take all 727 existing Star Trek back catalogue episodes from series including Star Trek: The Original […]

HBO Asia first with The Psychic

HBO is making its first ever drama out of Taiwan, with 6x60mins series The Psychic entering production. The series is based on Taiwanese short film The Busy Young Psychic, and is about a teenager struggling to balance teen life with her ability to communicate with the spirit world. The TV show is being filmed in […]

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 […]