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Spotnitz climbs down from High Castle

Frank Spotnitz will no longer be the showrunner of Amazon’s alternative history drama The Man in the High Castle. A spokesperson from Spotnitz’s prodco, Big Light Productions, confirmed the development to TBI after Deadline had broken the news in the US. SVOD service Amazon will not replace Spotnitz, who will remain an executive producer on […]

C5 orders Freddie Mercury, Karen Carpenter shows

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered docudrama specials about Freddie Mercury and Karen Carpenter. Both stars suffered untimely deaths and the films, from ITV prodco Potato, will look at the true stories behind the loss of the Queen and The Carpenters singers. Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender Revealed and Karen Carpenter: Goodbye To Love will […]

Netflix makes Dutch movie move

Netflix has prebought Dutch war film Riphagen, snagging rights for all of its global footprint except the Benelux. The World War II thriller stars Jeroen van Koningsbrugge and, according to its distributor Dutch Features, marks a first for the US streaming service. “The scope of the acquired rights is unique. Never before has Netflix acquired all worldwide […]

Netflix readies Argentinian drama with Burman

Netflix is working with Supermax creator Daniel Burman to create its first Argentinian-produced original, Edha. The series will film entirely in the South American company and launch on the SVOD service globally in 2017. Burman, who is creating Globo’s first international drama, Supermax, is writing alongside Mario Segade. The writer’s room from Burman’s production company, […]

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 – part IV

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 reveals why, where and how the genre is evolving, tackling the big issues with anecdotal evidence and data gathered from the world’s top scripted executives. Lights… camera… action! What is the most important change in the way that scripted projects are financed?   It’s an unprecedented moment in time for […]

Good Wife spin-off set for SVOD platform

A spin-off series of CBS drama The Good Wife has been greenlit – for subscription on-demand platform CBS All Access. The series is the second major original title set for CBS’s OTT platform after a new Star Trek scripted effort announced last year. The Good Wife series will be set a year after the conclusion […]

Young Shakespeare drama set for TNT

US cable channel TNT has commissioned a drama about a young William Shakespeare as part of its 2016/17 line-up. Will comes from Craig Pearce, Shekhar Kapur, Alison Owen and Debra Hayward, and is the headline series from Kevin Reilly’s second Upfront since joining the company in November 2014. It will comprise ten episodes and launch […]

DRG grows Kirkpatrick post after American growth

UK-based DRG has expanded Scott Kirkpatrick’s role to include oversight of Latin America after growth in North America. Kirkpatrick joined MTG-owned DRG last year as senior VP, North America, and now adds South America to that post. “Over the past year Scott has proven his ability by being an influential factor in DRG’s substantial growth […]

Showtime vacates House of Lies

US cable channel Showtime has cancelled comedy-drama House of Lies after five seasons. The Showtime Networks-produced series, which stars Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell as manipulative management consultants, will bow out with a finale shot in Cuba. “House of Lies is a comedy that has frequently been ahead of the curve,” said Showtime president and […]

BBC Three online deal Oz drama Cleverman

BBC Three has acquired its first overseas drama since moving to an online, over-to-top distribution model in February. The UK channel has bought Cleverman, the Australian-shot drama that Red Arrow International sells globally. British pubcaster the BBC will launch the show later this year, with head of programme acquisitions Sue Deeks saying: “Cleverman is an […]