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Netflix commits to Korean originals

Netflix has said it will make original programming out of South Korea. Visiting the country for the first time in his capacity as Netflix cofounder and CEO, Reed Hastings told local press that the Korean market is well-suited to Netflix. “Korea is an optimal market for Netflix as the nation has a high level of […]

Netflix UK courts Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Netflix has bagged exclusive UK rights to The CW comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The first season of the series (pictured) has been added to the SVOD service following an agreement with CBS Studios International, the global sales arm of The CW co-owner CBS. The show, created and starring Rachel Bloom and from CBS Television Studios, follows […]

Amazon brings Roadies to UK

Amazon Prime Video has bought rock and roll drama Roadies for its UK feed. The Warner Bros.- and Bad Robot Television-produced drama, from director Cameron Crowe, will air in the UK through episodes added on a weekly basis. Each one debuts a day after its US airing on premium cable channel Showtime. Meet the unsung […]

Show of the week: Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun represents the first Franco-Swedish drama coproduction, says Katrina Neylon, executive VP, sales and marketing at the show’s distributor, Studiocanal. Each territory supplies two partners: pay TV network Canal+ and Atlantique Productions are from France and pubcaster SVT and Nice Drama from Sweden. The 8x52mins dramas follows a French detective (Leila Behkti) who travels […]

Universal TV drama EVP exits

Changes at Universal Television continue, with executive VP of drama development Russell Rothberg the latest to leave the US-based NBCUniversal prodco. Rothberg’s departure comes after that of Bela Bajaria, who exited as president earlier this year. Pearlena Ibgokwe, who was EVP of drama programming, stepped up to replace her. Rothberg is credited with developing A&E’s […]

SVT buys Turkish drama

Swedish pubcaster SVT has acquired another Turkish drama from Scandinavia-based distributor Eccho Rights. Having already taken two Eccho-distributed Turkish series, SVT has now licensed Broken Pieces (Paramparça), which Endemol Shine Turkey produces for Star TV. The series will run daily for 20 weeks in a 7.30pm slot on STV2 the autumn, with SVT’s team in […]

UK soap Corrie adds extra weekly ep

Coronation Street, the UK’’s longest running soap, will run for six days a week from late next year. Kevin Lygo, the former ITV Studios boss now director of television at ITV, said the move to add a sixth episode to Coronation Street’s weekly schedule was a priority for him when he took on his new […]

Federation scoops rights to cybercrime drama

Federation Entertainment, the producer and distributor behind Netflix’s Marseille, has scooped the rights to Unit 42, a new Belgian cybercrime drama. The series is made by Left Field Ventures. Ella Productions has the rights and retains them for Benelux and France, with Federation selling it in the rest of the world. The pair employed a similar model […]

Netflix orders Lost in Space reboot

Streaming service Netflix has ordered a drama reboot of the 1960s Irwin Allen sci-fi drama Lost in Space. Legendary Television will create the one-hour, ten-part series, which will debut on Netflix globally in 2018. The original series, like the movie, will centre around the Robinson family, who are stranded on a space ship light years […]

Dramacorp hires Blue Eyes co-creator

Fledgling prodco Dramacorp has hired the co-creator of SVT political drama Blue Eyes. Mia Sohlman (pictured) will become executive producer of the prodco, which Swedish-French drama producer Patrick Nebout and Beta Films founder Jan Mojto launched as a joint venture this April. Sohlman was co-creator and executive producer on Blue Eyes (Blå Ögon), which aired […]