Scripted


BBC-backed House continues staff build

Fledgling UK drama prodco House Productions has hired a commercial chief, as the firm continues to build its ranks. Haryy Dixon has left Film4 to become commercial director for House, which launched last year and quickly founded backers in the shape of BBC Worldwide and Danny Cohen’s Access Entertainment. Dixon will join in March, and […]

Changing of the guard at Tiger Aspect

Longtime Tiger Aspect exec Sophie Clarke-Jervoise is stepping down, with Ben Cavey and Will Gould taking over at the Endemol Shine UK prodco. Clarke-Jervoise joined Tiger Aspect in 2005 as head of comedy and became managing director in 2012. Cavey and Gould will become co-MDs under the new structure, having previously run Cave Bear, the […]

ITV poaches US scripted exec from Endemol Shine

The US drama division of ITV Studios has hired Dwayne Shattuck as its executive VP, production. Shattuck joins the ITV team from Endemol Shine Studios, where he was senior VP. He will report to Philippe Maigret, the former Endemol Studios boss who runs ITV Studios America. The new recruit will oversee production of the division’s […]

Chilean net bags Kanal D dramas

Chilean broadcaster Mega has acquired a trio of drama series from the sales arm of Turkish network Kanal D. The deal comprises Wounded Love and Time Goes By, plus a re-up of Fatmagül, and in total represents around 1,200 commercial hours of content. Wounded Love follows a family shattered by war during a period of […]

C4-backed Walter Presents launching in the US

Channel 4-backed streaming service Walter Presents will launch in the US in March. The on-demand, which specialises in drama programming from around the world, has proved popular in launch territory the UK. Broadcaster Channel 4, which runs Walter Presents with Global Series Network (GSN), has previously outlined plans to expand Walter Presents internationally, and the […]

Lionsgate strikes another UK producer deal

The UK division of Lionsgate has continued its expansion with another producer deal, this time linking with TV and film outfit Bonafide. Lionsgate UK has sealed a first-look deal with the producer and will sell its content internationally. The UK-based producer has moved into TV and is making 1960s drama The Last Post, from Peter […]

The CW buys UK adventure drama from Sky Vision

American broadcaster The CW has acquired British adventure drama Hooten & the Lady from UK-based distributor Sky Vision. The CW has bought British scripted fare such as Dates in the past, and has now snapped up 8x60mins Sky 1 drama Hooten & the Lady. The drama comes from Red Planet Productions, and follows the escapades […]

Viaplay orders OTT original from The Bridge scribe

Viaplay’s push into original programming has continued with an order for The Lawyer, a scripted series from Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge and Marcella, right), Michael Hjort (Sebastian Bergman) and Jens Lapidus (the Easy Money novels). The ten-part drama series will go out on Viaplay, the Modern Times Group-owned streaming service, and TV3, the Swedish free-TV […]

Dynamic hires programming VP from ZDF

US-European producer Dynamic Television has hired Tasja Abel from German pubcaster ZDF. Abel will be vice president, acquisitions, sales and coproductions at Dynamic. She joins from ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of the German broadcaster, where she worked in various roles covering distribution, buying and development. Her exec producer credits include Nordic noir hits Arne […]

In the spotlight: Ash Atalla

Ash Atalla has shows lined up for Sky, the BBC, Channel 4 and is looking at US remakes of Roughcut Television’s series. Having redefined comedy by co-creating The Office, Atalla tells TBI about the business, his career and plans TBI: Which executive helped shape your career? AA: One is Clare Pizey, a BBC exec (eds […]