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New Canal+ mobile TV service set for 20 countries

Canal+ has launched its vaunted premium TV-over-mobile service Studio+ in France, and said it will be in 20 countries by year-end. Vivendi-owned French TV group Canal+ is struggling at home in the pay TV arena, and is therefore betting on the new Studio+ service reaching new subs, with confirmed plans to roll it out internationally. […]

Nurses producer Yellow hires ex-YLE drama chief

Nurses creator Yellow Film & Television has a new chief creative officer in the shape of former YLE drama acquisitions chief Olli Tola. The experienced exec, who has worked in scripted for 30 years, will lead Yellow’s drama and comedy development projects. “We see Mr. Tola’s recruitment as an integral part of Yellow Film & […]

Channels ditching imports for local drama – study

Local dramas are increasingly pushing imported programmes off channel schedules, a new report suggests. Eurodata TV Worldwide’s Scripted Series Report 2016 shows that of the top 15 primetime shows from 103 channels polled, 84% are locally-produced series. Imports appear less on schedules as a result, with Eurodata’s international research manager, Avril Blondelot, saying “true international […]

Afrostream bags French first-run rights to Black-ish

French-language SVOD service Afrostream has secured exclusive first-run rights in France for ABC Studios’ show Black-ish. Season one of Black-ish will be available to Afrostream subscribers in France from January 1, with the second and third seasons set to be available soon afterwards. The Emmy Award-nominated show is centred around a modern, upper middle class […]

HBO Europe orders cocaine dealer drama

HBO Europe’s latest original drama is Blinded by the Lights, a Polish-originated six-parter about a Warsaw cocaine dealer. HBO has been pushing more heavily into original programming in recent times and also said today that it has recommissioned Wataha, which was its first ever original series, as first reported by TBI back in 2013. Blinded […]

Canal+ inks international Disney deal

Canal+ has inked a deal with Disney and will get first and second window rights to several of the studio’s series and movies for its international service. The deal with The Walt Disney Company also sees a raft of Disney channels carried on Canal+’s Overseas service. The content element of the two-part agreement covers all […]

DRG seeks copro partners as drama pact renews

UK-based distributor DRG is looking for coproduction partners on a range of new drama projects after it renewed its first-look deal with scripted producer Three Rivers Fiction. DRG first joined forces with Three Rivers in March 2015 as it began striking a series of representation agreements with indies. It has this week re-upped with the […]

TNT orders Snowpiercer series from ITV prodco

US cable net TNT has ordered a pilot of Snowpiercer, a futuristic drama based upon the Korean movie of the same name. ITV Studios America prodco Tomorrow Studios is making the show with Studio T, which like TNT, is part of Turner. The show is set seven years after the world has become a frozen […]

Left Bank lands Amazon Indian original

Amazon has ordered an original drama pilot for its soon-to-launch Indian service, with Slumdog Millionaire and 24 star Anil Kapoor on board. The series will be based upon the Michael Faber novel The Book of Strange New Things and will be produced by Sony’s UK-based prodco Left Bank Pictures (The Crown). Kevin MacDonald (The Last King […]

Nordic drama veterans found Fire Monkey

Two of Scandinavian drama’s biggest-name producers, Roope Lehtinen and Mikko Pöllä, have joined forces to found a scripted development company. Fire Monkey is billed as “an independent drama development and showrunning company serving broadcasters and studios in the Nordics and internationally”. As Nice Entertainment Group co-founder Lehtinen told TBI earlier this month, the company will […]