Scripted


Netflix content set to be “meaningfully stronger” in 2019

When compared to its 2018 slate, Netflix’s 2019 wares are to be “meaningfully stronger”, according to investment group Credit Suisse.  “The service is not solely hit-driven,” said company analyst Doug Mitchelson. “The slate is deeper with more dramas, movies and international content, and is driven by more internally produced content.” Promising ventures will include movies […]

Keshet forms scripted arm with Tresor

Keshet International-backed German producer Tresor has launched a scripted arm. Keshet Tresor Fiction will leverage such Keshet titles as Prisoners Of War, The A Word and When Heroes Fly, with a focus on developing and producing premium scripted content for the German market as well as OTT players. Working out of separate offices in Munich, […]

Drama round-up: Killing Eve, Night Manager producers eye new projects

Ink Factory teams with La La Land producer on Cold War thriller Night Manager producer The Inky Factory is partnering with La La Land producer Marc Platt and Drive producer Adam Siegel to adapt We Were Never Here, the debut novel from Lara Prescott (pictured, left). The adaptation will be produced by Platt, Siegel and […]

Netflix opens Paris office, agrees 2% tax on revenues

Netflix has opened a fully staffed Paris office, while agreeing to a 2% tax on annual revenues in France. The French office – which follows bases in Amsterdam and London – will have around 20 staff who will be a mix of new hires and employees relocating from Amsterdam, where the streaming giant opened shop […]

Japan’s NHK gets Younger

TV Land drama Younger is heading to Japan. Endemol Shine International has struck a multi-series deal with Japanese broadcaster NHK for the drama, which centers on a woman who lies about her age to get ahead in the competitive world of publishing. Produced by Viacom-owned cable network TV Land, the series stars Sutton Foster and […]

French private equity firm invests in About Premium Content

French private equity firm Alliance Entreprendre (NATIXIS Groupe) has taken a minority stake in co-production and distribution firm About Premium Content (APC). The investment will enable the boutique firm to accelerate its growth. APC founders and managers Emmanuelle Guilbart and Laurent Boissel retain majority control of the company, while Nevision also maintains its minority stake […]

Kew-backed Awesome Media launches publishing arm

Kew Media Group-backed producer Awesome Media & Entertainment has launched a publishing division. Headed by writer-producer Jeff Norton, the business has debuted publishing imprint Awesome Reads, which will be headed by director of publishing Ingrid Selberg (pictured), former managing director of Simon & Schuster Children’s UK. The new division will publish between three and four […]

China sets restrictions to limit foreign TV shows

China’s Radio and Television Administration is set to limit foreign TV content across its platforms.  The government agency is set to outlaw foreign TV shows in their entirety for prime time (7-10pm), and to place a 30% quota on streaming platforms for any imported content. The new restrictions target foreign current affairs titles, as well […]

Amazon strikes overall deal with Handmaid’s Tale director

Amazon has struck an overall deal with The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano. Morano, who made history as the first woman to win both an Emmy and Director Guild Award for a drama for her work on the Hulu programme, will create original series for the SVOD. Morano’s credits include feature films I Think We’re […]

Netflix picks up BBC1 thriller Bodyguard

Netflix has picked up World Productions’ BBC1 drama Bodyguard. The streaming giant, which boarded the Richard Madden-fronted thriller at script stage, will release the drama around the world, except for the UK, Ireland and China, following a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The drama, which is created and written by Jed Mercurio, follows a […]