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Amazon buys Evil Dead series

Amazon has acquired Ash vs Evil Dead for its German service. The comedy horror plays on Starz in the US and the distribution arm of the premium cable net sells it internationally. it struck the Amazon Germany deal, which will see the drama, loosely based on the Evil Dead movies, play on the local Prime […]

ABC’s Falvey to run Awesomeness mobile VOD net

Youth-focused content firm AwesomenessTV has poached the head of comedy at US broadcaster ABC to lead a new mobile video service being launched with telco Verizon. Samie Falvey will oversee programming, development and production at the currently unnamed streaming service, which was first revealed with Verizon bought a 24.5% stake in DreamWorks Animation-owned AwesomenessTV in […]

50 Cent extends Starz deal, plans Tomorrow, Today

Rapper Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson has scored an overall development deal with US network Starz, and is working up a superhero series that could sit alongside current hit Power. The agreement extends Jackson’s existing deal by one year to September 2018, during which time he will develop new series through his G-Unit Film & Television […]

Starz develops novella, Dirty Girls Social Club

US premium cable network Starz is working to adapt Mexican telenovela and a best-selling novel from Alisa Valdes about six women living in New York. The network is working with Televisa USA and Lionsgate (which will soon be its parent) on Teresa, which is about an undocumented but ruthless Latin woman making her way into […]

SoHo dropped as Foxtel encourages Binge viewing

Australian pay giant Foxtel is moving premium programming currently on its SoHo drama channel to its Showcase network, while launching a channel targeted at binge viewers. As of October 1, Binge will replace SoHo on the EPG offering curated seasons of shows such as Arrow (pictured), The Flash, Supergirl, Pretty Little Liars, Empire, Californication and […]

Game of Thrones ending confirmed

As expected, flagship HBO drama Game of Thrones will end after its eighth season. Showrunner David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had previously indicated the story would wrap after eight seasons, though US premium cabler HBO had hoped to extend the run to ten. HBO’s recently appointed president of programming Casey Bloys has now confirmed Benioff […]

Fox ties down Fresh Off the Boat creator

Fresh Off the Boat creator and showrunner Nahnatchka Khan has scored a pod deal at 20th Century Fox Television. The multiyear agreement will see the producer writing, developing and supervising projects for Fox’s production arm through her Fierce Baby Productions imprint. Khan is best known for ABC comedy Fresh Off the Boat, which was earlier […]

TCAs: TBS gets first primetime toon

US basic cable network TBS has ordered its first primetime animated series. Tarantula, from Carson Mell (Silicon Valley) and Rough House Pictures, will be a half-hour comedy about the residents of the Tierra Chula Resident Hotel, and centres on an uncertified tattoo artist who delivers absurd yet introspective monologues. Rough House will coproduce with Turner-owned […]

Fox poaches Keshet exec in drama originals plan

Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa has poached Sara Johnson from Keshet UK as a first step in a plan to source and produce original programming at a regional level. Johnson (pictured) will be VP, scripted drama at the 21st Century Fox-owned broadcast group, which is based in London. She will report to FNG Europe […]

Burman teams with Mediapro

Spain-based channel operator and producer Mediapro is teaming with Daniel Burman’s Argentina-based prodco, and the pair will work up new projects for the international market. Burman, via his Oficina Burman banner, is one of Argentina’s top TV and film producers. With Mediapro, owner of the La Sexta channel in Spain, he will develop new TV […]