Scripted


Apple orders J.J. Abrams music dramedy

Apple has ordered a J.J. Abrams musical dramedy named Little Voices, which will star Waitress duo Sara Barielles and Jessie Nelson. The company made a straight-to-series order of ten episodes, which will feature original music from Barielles. Little Voices has been described as a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York and explores […]

UKTV & RTÉ board Sharon Horgan drama

UKTV has partnered with RTÉ to bring Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) drama Women on the Verge to UKTV’s premium entertainment channel W. The six part series will be co-produced by Horgan’s Merman and House Productions. Women on the Verge is based on the best-selling book Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, by Lorna Martin, […]

ABC Studios Int’l & Stan set to launch global original

Australian streamer Stan is to launch a new original series by The Kettering Incident’s (pictured) Victoria Madden, in partnership with Disney’s ABC Studios International. Eight-part series The Gloaming, will premiere on Stan in 2019. It is produced by Madden and John Molloy and will be distributed globally by ABC. The series follows unorthodox, troubled, cop […]

Netflix orders Canadian drama Northern Rescue

Netflix has ordered CBC original drama Northern Rescue, and will have all rights outside of Canada. The family drama will star William Baldwin (MacGyver) and Kathleen Robertson (Murder in the First). It follows John West as he moves his three children away from a hectic urban life to a small northern hometown after the death […]

Endemol Shine NA options Celia Cruz scripted series

Endemol Shine North America (ESNA) and Major TV have optioned the right to late Latin superstar Celia Cruz’s autobiography, Celia: My Life. The series will be in English language and based on more than 500 hours of taped interviews by the Smithsonian, recorded months before Cruz’s passing in 2003. High School Musical producer, director and […]

UK Writers’ Guild calls commissioners to “let women tell their stories”

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) is calling on commissioners to hire more female writers after it was revealed that only 28% of TV episodes in the country are written by women and females make up 16% of all film screenwriters. WGGB gathered data from over ten years aimed to uncover systematic gender inequality […]

Hulu lands US rights to Federation’s Bad Banks

Hulu has acquired the US streaming rights to Bad Banks, Federation Entertainment’s European thriller series set in the ruthless world of international finance and stock market. Season one of the series is now available to stream on the platform. In North America Bad Banks has also been sold to Kino Lorber for Home Entertainment rights […]

BBC Studios invests in drama start-up Moonage Pictures

BBC Studios has acquired a minority stake in British scripted drama start-up Moonage Pictures. Moonage consists of founders, Matthew Read – former commissioning editor for BBC Drama, Will Gould and Frith Tiplady – former co-MDs at Tiger Aspect. The trio have been instrumental in making hit original British dramas including Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street, The […]

STV ups Armspach to head up drama

STV Productions has promoted Claire Armspach to the newly created role of head of drama development. The position has been created to enable the business to build on recent commissions in the genre. Filming has recently begun on STV thriller The Victim, a four-part thriller for BBC One starring Kelly Macdonald, John Hannah and James […]

Sky Italia to co-produce Clooney’s Catch 22 as C4 brings it to the UK

Sky Italia has confirmed that it will co-produce George Clooney (pictured) drama Catch-22, alongside Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and Smokehouse Pictures, as the UK’s Channel 4 (C4) prepares to air the adaptation in 2019. The six-part series is adapted from the 1961 anti-war novel of the same name by Joseph Heller. Catch-22, which is being […]