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Virgin orders comedy shorts, buys Magic City

UK pay TV provider Virgin Media is pushing further into original programming, commissioning Avalon Television to produce a series of comedy shorts and buying US drama Magic City, TBI has learned. Ordering Edinburgh Comedy Shorts (WT) marks the first time the Liberty Global-owned broadband and pay TV company has commissioned programming. This comes after the […]

eOne poaches Amazon Studios scripted exec

Entertainment One Television has bolstered its scripted ranks by drafting in Carolyn Newman from Amazon Studios. Newman (pictured) has been named in the new role of VP, scripted programming at eOne TV. Based out of LA, this will see her develop “bold and compelling” projects, working closely with eOne’s scripted teams around the world. Newman […]

C More anoints Young Pope

Scandinavian pay TV operator and SVOD provider C More has acquired local rights to big budget European drama The Young Pope. The deal hands C More series premiere rights across Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland on its pan-Nordic SVOD platform and pay TV operation. C More’s Swedish free-to-air sister network TV4 will gain rights to […]

Greek net welcomes La Famiglia

Greece’s Antenna TV is to localise Israeli comedy format La Famiglia for its ANT1 channel. Originally from United Studios of Israel, the Armoza Formats-distribtued show has been taken into five territories, including France, Canada and now Greece. Running to 30 half-hour episodes, La Famiglia follows a normal suburban family living the divorce capital of the […]

SVT drama chief joins Pinewood TV

Swedish pubcaster SVT’s drama chief is joining the fledgling London-based outfit Pinewood Television to oversee its coproduction strategy. Christian Wikander has been named coproduction director at the prodco, which is part of British studios company Pinewood Group. He will report to Pinewood TV creative director Helen Gregory, who joined the establish the division last year […]

Nelonen to open Finnish Office

Finnish broadcasters Nelonen and Elisa Entertainment has ordered a local version of Ricky Gervais’ fly-on-the-wall comedy The Office. The pair have already recruited comedian Sami Hedberg to play the iconic David Brent role that writer-comic Gervais made famous through the original BBC show. Solar Republic is producing the Finnish version, which will be titled Konttori […]

KKR ‘to rival ITV in eOne chase’

Private equity giant KKR is reportedly lining up a bid for Entertainment One. This puts it in competition with UK broadcaster ITV, which last week confirmed it had an offer of around £1.01 billion (US$1.3 billion) rejected by eOne’s management. Various reports suggest KKR is “studying a potential proposal”, though has not yet decided whether […]

SMILF, Mating pilots attract Showtime

US premium cable channel Showtime has ordered a pair of racy comedy pilots. The greenlights of SMILF and Mating (WT) were among a number of announcements that came from the network’s TCA tour event yesterday. SMILF is based on Frankie Shaw’s semi-autobiographical short film of the same name and comes from Showtime and ABC Signature, […]

BBC Two brings comedy trio to new strand

UK terrestrial network BBC Two has commissioned three more sitcoms for its soon-to-start ‘New on Two’ strand. Our Ex Wife, We the Jury and The Coopers Vs the Rest will comprise part of the BBC Landmark Sitcom Season, which plays across BBC One, Two and Four and includes reboots of Porridge and Are You Being […]

Strong first-look for Endemol Shine

Endemol Shine International has secured a first-look deal with Broadchurch and 11/22/63 director James Strong. The deal will see Endemol Shine Group’s sales arm working with Strong Films, providing the indie with development funding on scripted projects in return for exclusive first-look distribution rights. Strong formed his prodco two years ago to produce commercials and […]