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Iflix & Deutsche Telekom join Atrium’s drama club

Atrium TV, the drama ‘commissioning club’ launched at MIPTV this year, has gained a range of members including Iflix and Deutsche Telekom. The club gives members the opportunity to learn about the first slate of six new high profile dramas. Members will be joining founder Viaplay for the first club meeting at MIPCOM on October […]

Apple orders Spielberg anthology drama

Apple has kicked off its push into high-end scripted programming with the commission of Amazing Stories from director Steven Spielberg. The anthology drama is the first ordered under Apple worldwide video chiefs Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg. The deal is nearly complete, with Spielberg’s Amblin Television set to coproduce alongside Universal Television and Bryan […]

ITV Studios buys majority stake in Gomorrah prodco

ITV Studios (ITVS) has acquired a majority stake in Italian indie producer Cattleya, the company behind hit drama Gomorrah (pictured). Cattleya will retain full creative and production autonomy, while ITVS distribution arm ITV Global Entertainment will distribute TV series from the prodco where rights are available. ITVS parent ITV said that this is the latest […]

BBC among French sci-fi drama buyers

The UK’s BBC Four, Germany’s RTL and DR in Denmark have boarded a French sci-fi drama series from Empriente Digitale. DR’s deal gives it exclusive local rights for seasons one and two of Missions, while the BBC and RTL have struck second window deals, for free TV and premium pay TV respectively, as AMC-owned SVOD […]

Nordic pubcasters combine to fight SVOD threat

Public broadcasters in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland are forming an alliance to combat the threat of global SVOD services. The director generals of DR in Denmark, NRK in Norway, SVT in Sweden, YLE in Finland and RUV in Iceland released a joint statement noting their organisations have committed to coproducing a number of […]

Ex-Motion & C4 exec joins Reel One’s drama push

Dominic Schreiber, formerly of Channel 4 and Motion Content Group, has joined drama producer and distributor Reel One Entertainment. Schreiber, who is also a former editor of TBI, has been named global drama executive at the Montreal-based company. He was most recently executive producer of scripted at Motion (fka GroupM Entertainment), where he was EP […]

Originals investment pushes up Netflix price

Netflix has hiked its prices once again, with the SVOD giant claiming this is due to its investments in original programming. Netflix’s content spend is due to hit US$7 billion next year, with shows such as the newly commissioned ten-part series Raising Dion the result. A Netflix spokesperson was been quoted saying the new higher […]

AMC set to go free for Snatch premiere

BT and AMC will broadcast the channel free of charge in the UK from October 28 to November 5 via the Sky digital satellite platform. During the period, Sky subscribers can catch a host of series marathons as well as the exclusive UK premiere of new drama series Snatch (pictured), which stars Harry Potter star […]

Kudos launches Manchester-based sister firm

Kudos, the producer behind shows Broadchurch, Humans and Tin Star, has launched a Manchester-based sister company, Kudos North. Led by newly hired development producer Laura Conway, the new company will establish an open door to the north of England and look to produce new dramas with international appeal with unique voices. Salford-based actress and writer […]

Ex-Sky exec joins ITV’s drama team

ITV has appointed former Sky and current Radio 4 exec Huw Kennair-Jones to its drama commissioning team. Kennair-Jones, most recently editor of Radio 4’s The Archers, will move to ITV to take commissioning responsbility for continuing dramas Coronation Street and Emmerdale. Joining the team in December, he will report to ITV’s head of drama, Polly […]