Netflix orders series from YouTube comic

Streaming service Netflix has for the first time ordered a series from talent that started out on YouTube. Haters Back Off will be an eight-part comedy starring Miranda Sings, a character YouTube comedian Colleen Ballinger-Evans created. The series will follow the family life of Sings, an incredibly untalented wannabe star who manages to continually fail upwards […]

Scripted launches dominated 2015

New scripted series accounted for 40% of the 8,500 new programmes launched internationally last year, according to data released this week. Factual programmes – including documentaries and series – made up 37% of new projects, with entertainment series accounting for another 23%, stats from Médiamétre-owned Eurodata TV Worldwide show. Eurodata’s Annual International TV Trends Report […]

Dish bags 4K content from Sony

US satcaster Dish Network has bought 4K movies and series from Sony Pictures Entertainment, plus indie distributors The Orchard and Mance Media. The Ultra HD content will be made available to Dish customers with a 4K Joey-connected Hopper set-top boxes on 4K televisions. From Sony comes The Amazing Spiderman, Captain Phillips, American Hustle, Momuments Men […]

Breakthrough moves into faith-based content

Producer and distributor Breakthrough Entertainment has moved into faith-base programming, adding content from, Reel Deal Guys Entertainment to its line-up. The agreement with Reel Deal is for three faith-based films. The first of these is Adam’s Testament, based on a short story by Reel Deal boss Jason Barbeck. The other two films are Christmas special […]

BBC buys O.J. Simpson drama series

UK pubcaster the BBC has picked up the high-profile upcoming US drama series The People v. O.J Simpson, which tells the story of the infamous murder case. The ten-part scripted series, which debuts on FX in the US on February 2, is based upon the book The Run Of His Life: The People v. O.J. […]

Amazon celebrates Globes win with free Mozart

Amazon is offering a free viewing window of its drama series Mozart in the Jungle this weekend. The free window will run from January 15 to January 17 and allow non Amazon Prime subs to watch the streaming service’s original drama. Amazon said the marketing push was a response to the series winning two Golden […]

Channel 4 orders Keshet comedy

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has ordered a local version of Israeli comedy drama Loaded. The Keshet International format follows four friends who become overnight millionaires after selling their gaming business. The UK version will be produced by Keshet UK and Hillbilly Television and run to 8x45mins. Jon Brown (Fresh Meat) is writing the show. Piers […]

NBC reveals Netflix ‘ratings’

NBC has revealed what it claims to be viewing numbers for key Netflix series. The US broadcast net hosted a press lunch at the Television Critics Association tour that it dubbed a ‘reality check’ of the current TV landscape. Using data from tech firm Symphony Advanced Media, which in turn used a 15,000 sample of 18-to-49s, […]

Channel 4, Netflix team for drama

UK broadcaster Channel 4 and US-based Netflix are joining forces on Kiss Me First, a new youth-skewed drama series. The show will debut on Channel 4’s youth-focused channel E4, and go out on Netflix’s streaming services outside the UK. A mix of live-action, animation, and CGI, the series is an adaptation of the Lottie Moggach […]

Televisa USA preps epic Aztecs series

The US division of Televisa is working up Aztecs, an English-language series adaptation of Daniel Peters’ acclaimed book The Luck of Huemac. Writer and showrunner Michael Chernuchin (Black Sails) will oversee the project and Televisa will team with indie prodco Atalaya Productions on the project. Mexican media giant Televisa is the largest producer of Spanish-language […]