SVOD net replaces Starz on BBC drama

Subscription video-on-demand service Acorn TV has replaced Starz as US coproduction on the upcoming BBC drama Close to the Enemy. Starz had been attached as the Stephen Poliakoff show’s American home, but it will now debut in November or December as an Acorn-branded original. Development arm Acorn Media Enterprises the official copro partner, with BBC […]

New German VOD net buys NRK drama

A new German VOD platform, Canal+’s SVOD service in France and Channel 4’s Walter Presents have bought an NRK drama about three young women struggling to live adult lives. The deals are the first three distributor About Premium Content has secured for Nordic drama Young and Promising, and highlight the growing buying status of on-demand […]

Buccieri takes Studios job at A+E

Paul Buccieri has been confirmed as the new head of A+E’s on house production arm following yesterday’s news that Bob DeBitetto was leaving the company. Buccieri’s new role hands him control of A+E Studios as well as the A+E networks group, reporting to company president and CEO Nancy Dubuc. “The growth of A+E Studios is […]

Exotic drama slate for Eccho

Scandinavia-based distributor Eccho Rights is taking varied slate of new drama to MIPCOM. The firm has closed deals for Turkish, Latin American and Korean formats to expand its catalogue ahead of the market. From Turkish producer Ay Yapim, which was part of Eccho’s former sister firm, Sparks Network, comes Fox Turkey’s Wings of Love (Bana […]

Keshet seeks allies for Mr. Student Body President

Distributor firm Keshet International is to debut three millennials-targeted scripted series from digital entertainment producer New Form. Among the trio launching at MIPCOM, KI will look to find linear and digital buyers for high school comedy Mr. Student Body President. This comes in 10x12mins or 1x120mins formats, and follows a charismatic school body president and […]

ZDF orders Professor T drama remake

German broadcaster ZDF has ordered a German version of Professor T., the Belgian cop drama. The scripted format deal means the series will get remade for the second time, with filming just wrapped on a French version for commercial free-TV broadcaster TF1. ZDF’s version of Professor T. will be made by German producer Rowboat Film, […]

Fox Iberia bags new CBS trio

Fox Networks Group Iberia has acquired new season CBS series Bull, MacGyver and Doubt. The agreement with distributor CBS Studios International gives Fox exclusive pay TV rights in Spain and Iberia for Bull and MacGyver and basic TV rights for midseason drama Doubt. Bull is a comedy-drama procedural starring NCIS alum Michael Weatherly, and is […]

Rutger Hauer, Christopher Lambert spied in Cannes

Movie stars Rutger Hauer and Christopher Lamber will be at MIPCOM to promote their new TV series Mata Hari. The Russian production, from Star Media, was made for free-TV net Channel One. It is being distributed by Red Arrow International at MIPCOM, starting at MIPCOM. Rutger Hauer (BladeRunner) and Christopher Lambert (Highlander) will both be […]

Mr. Robot firm sells stake to Laurene Powell Jobs

The US production company behind Robot and True Detective has sold a significant minority stake to the Emerson Collective, a company run by the widow of Steve Jobs. Anonymous Content had been heavily tipped to sell a stake to Endemol Shine Group, but has instead revealed an agreement with social mobility-focused media group Emerson Collective. […]

NBC cancels ITV Studios’ Aquarius

ITV Studios’ US drama Aquarius has been cancelled by NBC. The show ran for two seasons on the broadcast net, with the second finishing its run last month. Loosely based on the Charles Manson cult and killings, the series starred David Duchovny. NBC had shifted its slot several times amid falling ratings, and has now […]