Scripted


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 […]

Red Arrow re-ups Bastin at Fabrik

Henrik Bastin, the CEO of LA-based Fabrik Entertainment, has renewed his contract at the Bosch prodco. His new deal is described as “multi-year”, as Fabrik continues developing US projects such as TNT’s The Deep Mad Dark, an FX series based on novel Ancillary Justice, The Limit for AMC and Midnights for USA Network. He has […]

New Lat Am vendor to shop Gaumont shows

A new Latin America-focused distribution company has landed regional rights to Gaumont’s scripted drama and animation programming. EO Distribution had become Gaumont’s exclusive sales agent for Latin America following the deal, which covers series such as Hannibal, Hemlock Grove and The Frozen Dead. Also on the slate will be France 2’s crime procedural The Art […]

CBS names Europe copro chief

The international studios arm of US broadcaster CBS has named a new coproductions chief in Europe. Meghan Lyvers will switch from her current role as senior VP, cable and digital at CBS Television Studios in the US, and will become SVP, coproductions and development at CBS Studios International. She will relocate to CBSSI’s EMEA head […]

Fox, Tencent team for financial drama series

A new high end drama set in Hong Kong’s financial district has been greenlit and will launch later this year. Fox Networks Group Asia, plus the film arm of China’s SVOD service Tencent and Focus TV, the prodco of Infernal Affairs star Andy Lau, will make The Trading Floor, a five-part miniseries. The show will […]

Netflix, E4 prep for The End of the F***ing World

Streaming service Netflix and UK youth-skewed network E4 have co-commissioned a dark comedy-drama about a twisted road trip. The End of the F***ing World is based on comic books from Charles Forsman, and follows the confusing lives of two teen outsiders (Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden). Channel 4 commissioning editor Roberto Troni described the series’ […]

BBC celebrates Gay Britannia

UK pubcaster the BBC is to run a season of programmes celebrating gay culture in Britain. The Gay Britannia season comes on the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Programmes will play on BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four, and on BBC radio stations. Among the highlights is a […]