Channel One buys Section Zero

Russian broadcaster Channel One has acquired edgy French drama Section Zero. The free-TV station will launch the 8x1hr show in August, playing episodes back to back between August 1-4. StudioCanal distributes the show and struck the Russian deal, having already shopped it to SBS in Australia. Section Zero, a cop show set in a dystopian […]

Dick Wolf: TV drama biz headed for shake-out

US super-producer Dick Wolf has weighed into the debate on the amount of US drama being made, telling TBI that a “huge shakeout” is coming because the business model for making so many scripted shows does not stack up. Wolf is one of the most prolific drama producers in the US and behind the Law & […]

Carnival pushing Downton movie forward

Gareth Neame, the boss of Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films says he would like to see a feature film based on the global drama hit happen “sooner rather than later”. Speaking to TBI at the Monte Carlo TV Festival, Neame said Downton, which ran to six seasons as a TV series and ended last year, […]

Netflix reveals most re-watched original

Orange is the New Black is the most re-watched original series on streaming giant Netflix. The SVOD platform, notorious for its lack of transparency over ratings data, said that more than half – 53% – of OITNB viewers in 190 territories have re-watched at least one season since its debut in 2013. This was according […]

NBC poaches Fox exec to fill drama post

US broadcaster NBC has poached 20th Century Fox Television’s Lisa Katz to fill the role Pearlena Igbokwe vacated when she was promoted to president of Universal Television. Katz will become NBC’s executive VP, drama development on July 11, and will report to NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. She replaces Igbokwe, who recently took over at […]

Curb Your Enthusiasm returns to HBO

US premium cable channel HBO is bringing Larry David and his comedy Curb Your Enthusiam back for a ninth season. The series, which stars David as a fictional version of himself living in LA, currently runs to 80 episodes, but has offered new episodes since 2011. The news is a boon for Time Warner-owned HBO, […]

Sky opens Cinema, scraps Movies

Sky is launching Sky Cinema, a new feature film channel that will replace the existing Sky Movies. The rebrand will take effect across the UK and Ireland pay TV operator’s footprint with the Austrian, German, and Italian services also launching the new service. The change kicks in on July 8, and Sky said the new […]

Gervais’ Office spin-off set for Netflix

Netflix is set to take Ricky Gervais’ new movie to global SVOD audiences. Speaking on US radio this week, the comedian and writer said Netflix had acquired international rights to David Brent: Life on the Road, and will debut it after its theatrical release. The film is a spin-off of Gervais’ popular BBC comedy The […]

France 3 detective drama collection revealed

France TV Distribution, the sales arm of France Télévisions, is launching a collection of detective drama films that air in peak time on France 3. FTVD is launching Murder In…, a strand of films from the likes of Léonis Production, Fontaram Production, Klim Production, Eloa Prod and Mother Production that have scored strong ratings in […]

Canuck firms prep Goonies-inspired drama

Canadian producers Marblemedia and Omnifilm Entertainment have partnered to create a scripted series that Toronto-based Distribution360 will sell internationally. The Odyssey is billed as a “fun and suspenseful adventure with a tone reminiscent of the classic adventure comedy The Goonies”. Showrunners Simon Racioppa and Richard Elliott (Fangbone), who are currently creating an original one-hour pilot […]