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Lifetime lays off Devious Maids

US network Lifetime has cancelled female-skewed comedy-drama Devious Maids after four seasons. The A+E Network-owned channel has chosen not to order a fourth season, and the Marc Cherry show’s Twitter feed subsequently confirmed the news. Lifetime had picked up the show in 2012 after broadcast network ABC rejected it. ABC sister ABC Studios produces the […]

Netflix orders trio of originals, Stranger Things II

Streaming service Netflix has ordered a pair of tween-skewed scripted series, on of which comes from CBBC, a Bill Nye talk show and a second season of summer hit Stranger Things. The tween series are an untitled Horse Mystery project and one based on Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch novels, both of which are billed […]

Telefónica’s Movistar orders original drama

Telefónica is ramping up its investment in original content following the launch of Netflix in Spain earlier this year. The telco’s premium TV service, Movistar+ is commissioning a drama series based on the 2010 best-selling novel Dime Quién Soy by Julia Navarro. The series will be a produced jointly by Movistar and DLO Productions’ José Manuel Lorenzo, […]

DramaFever, CJ E&M in drama copro pact

K-drama-focused OTT service DramaFever is entering into an agreement with Asian content group CJ Entertainment & Media to coproduce dramas for a global audience. CJ E&M’s drama subsidiary, Studio Dragon, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Warner Bros.-owned DramaFever to create Korean dramas. This will lead to the development and production of two originals […]

New attempt to find US Friday Night Dinner recipe

CBS is taking another shot at remaking UK sitcom Friday Night Dinner for US broadcast audiences. This is the third time a US network has attempted to format the show, with CBS taking an earlier stab in 2014 and NBC shooting a pilot for the 2011-12 season. The latest attempt has King of Queens co-creator […]

Warner Bros. secures volume deal with Globo

Warner Bros. has signed a multi-year free TV deal with Brazilian broadcaster Globo. This will see Warner Bros. International Television Distribution providing the network will feature films such as Mad Max: Fury Road and Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, and TV series including Gotham, The Flash and Supergirl. The deal is a boon for Warner […]

Pretty Little Liars ending, Grimm axed

Pretty Little Liars and Grimm have been cancelled by US channels Freeform and NBC respectively. Cable broadcaster Freeform confirmed Pretty Little Liars would come to an end after its seventh season, which will begin airing in April 2017. The finale will be a two-hour special, and be followed by the premiere of new series Famous in […]

Walking Dead on-demand for Sky Germany

Sky’s German operation has extended its programming deal with the channels arm of Fox, and will show the much anticipated seventh season of The Walking Dead within 24 hours of its US transmission on AMC. The pay TV operator will also add all previous seasons of the zombie series to its Sky Box Sets on-demand […]

Former Canal+ streaming boss resurfaces at Fox

Former Canal+ streaming boss Manuel Alduy has joined Fox and will head up the studio’s French sales and development efforts. As senior VP, sales and development at Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, he will oversee sales of its content in France across free and pay TV, as well as to local SVOD platforms. Alduy left […]

Lifetime poaches CW scripted exec

US network Lifetime has poached Joanna Klein from broadcast rival The CW to become its senior VP, scripted development. Lifetime has been searching for someone to fill the post since SVP, scripted programming and development Nina Lederman exited for All3Media America in February. Klein is a former Regency Television and Lionsgate programming exec who has […]