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INTV: Keshet Int’l launches $55m high-end drama fund

Keshet International’s big week is continuing with the launch of a US$55 million global content fund aimed at high-end drama projects. The launch of the fund comes a day after KI, the international arm of Israeli broadcaster Keshet, confirmed the acquisition of UK producer group Greenbird Media. The new fund is launching in partnership with […]

Hulu lands Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington drama

Hulu has beat the competition to give a straight-to-series order to Reese Witherspoon (pictured) and Kerry Washington’s coproduced adaptation of novel Little Fires Everywhere. The limited, eight-episode, series is based on the book of the same name by Celeste Ng, and will star Witherspoon and Washington as two women in a small Ohio town who […]

Bob’s Burgers creator making first Apple adult toon

Apple is adding a new animated comedy by Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard to its growing slate. The tech company has given a two-season order for the show, which is named Central Park. The order is 26 episodes, split into two 13-episode seasons. Apple describes it as a “musical comedy” and it is created by […]

UKTV takes Pop copro as W’s debut drama original

Britain’s UKTV has commissioned its first ever original drama for its W net, a coproduction with US cable channel Pop that has Anna Paquin (The Piano) as its star. Flack will follow as a sharp and witty American PR guru living in London, whose working expertise clashes with her inability to have a successful personal […]

The Fifth Beatle signs up to Bravo

US cable net Bravo is tuning up for limited event series The Fifth Beatle. The project is based on Tony Award-winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary’s graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, exploring the complicated personal life of The Beatle’s manager, who helped the foursome reach international stardom. Bravo will work with Universal […]

Jon Favreau creating Star Wars drama for Disney SVOD service

Producer-writer Jon Favreau is writing and executive producing a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s upcoming global SVOD service. He will work with Star Wars studio Lucasfilm on the series, which is a number Disney is lining for the network. “I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for […]

RTL to increase spend on VOD services

RTL Group will increase investment in its on-demand services in the territories where it has strong families of channels. The launch of new services based on the French 6play platform in Belgium, Hungary and Croatia over the next few months will the “the first example” of RTL’s plans, according to CEO Bert Habets. The company […]

CBS to ramp up originals as it bids to top OTT ‘arms race’

CBS COO Joseph Ianniello revealed that the company will increase investment in digital originals to survive the OTT “arms race”, at an investors conference held at Deutsche Banks Media & Telecom Conference in Florida. The broadcast giant will bulk up on original series to drive subscription on its streaming platform CBS All Access and premium […]

BBC picks up Phoebe Waller-Bridge thriller Killing Eve

BBC has acquired Killing Eve, a new thriller by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, to premiere on BBC One and BBC Three later this year. The eight-part series will premiere in a primetime slot on BBC One and BBC Three will make it available as a box set on BBC iPlayer. Killing Eve is based on the […]

First projects selected for MIPTV/Canneseries drama forum

MIPTV and Canneseries track have unveiled the inaugural twelve projects officially selected for their In Development drama initiative. The projects come from the US, New Zealand, Belgium, France, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Canada, the UK and Ireland. They comprise scripted shows already in development and other at earlier stages. “The DNA of this event is to […]