Scripted


Featherstone reunites with another Kudos exec

Jane Featherstone is reuniting with former Kudos colleague Naomi de Pear, who is launching a new production label within Sister Pictures. Featherstone and de Pear worked together at Endemol Shine Group-owned Kudos from 2012 until the former’s departure. Featherstone went on to launch Sister Pictures in January this year, and soon brought another key Kudos […]

Night Manager wins Emmy, prodco hires Wolkoff

The Night Manager scooped a second Emmy last night (Sunday), with Susanne Bier getting the best directing for a miniseries gong, as one of its coproducers brings in a new development chief. Victor Reyes had already scooped the best miniseries score award in the craft Emmys, which took place last week. The Ink Factory- and […]

Netflix takes rights to young Obama film

Netflix has won a bidding war to land worldwide rights to a new movie about a young Barack Obama. The SVOD platform scored the deal for the Vikram Gandhi-directed feature Barry at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film comes from Black Bear Pictures and Cinetic Media. It tells the story of Obama years before […]

Netflix cancels Bloodline

Netflix has confirmed the third season of Bloodline will be its last. Netflix has ramped up its slate of drama originals, which have been a key subs driver for the US streaming service. With the SVOD service at at a relatively early stage in its development – compared to the cable nets – series cancellations […]

AMC takes American Gothic for Iberia

AMC has bought drama series American Gothic for its Iberia service. The show will bow on AMC in Spain and Portugal next week after AMC struck a deal with CBS Studios International, which distributes the 13-parter. American Gothic is CBS’ latest summer event series, a format the US network has pioneered. Like other CBS event […]

Takis Candilis resurfaces at Banijay

Takis Candilis has resurfaced at Banijay a week after exiting Lagardère. The seasoned French TV exec, who was at TF1 before running Lagardère’s TV business, will be head of scripted at Banijay Group. In that role he will be based in Paris and oversee all of Banijay’s scripted efforts out of France and across the […]

Showtime cable net cuts landmark Spanish deal

Movistar will be the exclusive Spanish home of Showtime series after the pay TV platform inked an exclusive deal with the US cable net. Showtime, which is owned by CBS, has similar agreements in place with Sky in the UK, Bell Media in Canada and Stan in Australia. The Spanish deal means shows including Billions […]

ZDF snags comedy Blockbustaz

The commercial arm of German pubcaster ZDF has snagged international rights to comedy series Blockbustaz. The 6x30mins sitcom is set in a Cologne housing estate. It follows the life of a Sol Berger, a wannabe MC who is kicked out from home having always lived at home with his mum, and played by rapper Eko Fresh. […]

Game of Thrones wins ratings crown on Now TV

Game of Thrones has proved the most successful TV show “by far” on Sky’s four-year old over-the-top service Now TV, IBC delegates heard over the weekend. Speaking on a panel named ‘What do audiences really want? The truth about changing TV consumption’, Now TV’s strategy and proposition director, James Alexander, said while some individual movies […]

ABC ends relationship with Mistresses

US broadcaster ABC has cancelled female-skewed drama Mistresses after four seasons. The soapy summer season scripted series will not return for a fifth run following a lower fourth season ratings. It has sold internationally to likes of TLC in the UK, where it was a launch title in 2013. Mistresses is a coproduction of Good […]