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SVT drama chief joins Pinewood TV

Swedish pubcaster SVT’s drama chief is joining the fledgling London-based outfit Pinewood Television to oversee its coproduction strategy. Christian Wikander has been named coproduction director at the prodco, which is part of British studios company Pinewood Group. He will report to Pinewood TV creative director Helen Gregory, who joined the establish the division last year […]

Nelonen to open Finnish Office

Finnish broadcasters Nelonen and Elisa Entertainment has ordered a local version of Ricky Gervais’ fly-on-the-wall comedy The Office. The pair have already recruited comedian Sami Hedberg to play the iconic David Brent role that writer-comic Gervais made famous through the original BBC show. Solar Republic is producing the Finnish version, which will be titled Konttori […]

KKR ‘to rival ITV in eOne chase’

Private equity giant KKR is reportedly lining up a bid for Entertainment One. This puts it in competition with UK broadcaster ITV, which last week confirmed it had an offer of around £1.01 billion (US$1.3 billion) rejected by eOne’s management. Various reports suggest KKR is “studying a potential proposal”, though has not yet decided whether […]

SMILF, Mating pilots attract Showtime

US premium cable channel Showtime has ordered a pair of racy comedy pilots. The greenlights of SMILF and Mating (WT) were among a number of announcements that came from the network’s TCA tour event yesterday. SMILF is based on Frankie Shaw’s semi-autobiographical short film of the same name and comes from Showtime and ABC Signature, […]

BBC Two brings comedy trio to new strand

UK terrestrial network BBC Two has commissioned three more sitcoms for its soon-to-start ‘New on Two’ strand. Our Ex Wife, We the Jury and The Coopers Vs the Rest will comprise part of the BBC Landmark Sitcom Season, which plays across BBC One, Two and Four and includes reboots of Porridge and Are You Being […]

Strong first-look for Endemol Shine

Endemol Shine International has secured a first-look deal with Broadchurch and 11/22/63 director James Strong. The deal will see Endemol Shine Group’s sales arm working with Strong Films, providing the indie with development funding on scripted projects in return for exclusive first-look distribution rights. Strong formed his prodco two years ago to produce commercials and […]

FX chief slams ‘assembly line’ Netflix

FX Networks president John Landgraf has criticised the algorithm-based commissioning system of SVOD service Netflix, claiming programmes are “not best made by engineers or coders”. In a revealing TCA tour session, Langraf (pictured) warned against tech companies such as Netflix treating programming as a commodity, and said his previous prediction that TV drama originals would […]

TV4 hires film chief for pay TV operations

Swedish free and pay TV broadcaster TV4 Group has named Suzanne Glansborg to the new role of head of feature films with responsibility for film within pay TV channels operation C More and TV4’s joint drama unit. Glansborg previously worked for the Swedish Film Institute as a consultant, first for films and subsequently for drama […]

eSports scripted series set to launch

Lisbon-based digital prodco BeActive has created what it claims to be the first scripted series set in the world of eSports gamers, with the show set to broadcast on Portugal’s RTP. The Players has wrapped production in Portugal’s capital city, having taped in June and July, and will be made available in several formats, including […]

Game of Thrones author lays down Wild Cards

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin will see another of his epic book series, Wild Cards, developed as a television series. Universal Cable Productions has signed an deal to develop the show as a series, though Martin cannot work on the show directly as he has an exclusive agreement with Game of Thrones prodco […]