BBC Three snaps up Aussie drama Barracuda

BBC Three has bought UK rights to Barracuda, an Australian drama from novelist Christos Tsiolkas. The deal with NBCUniversal International Distribution means the online channel will offer its viewers to the 4x60mins drama from this winter. The series is billed as “a moving story about identity, obsession, desire, the dizzy heights of success and the terrifying risk […]

Gallonde will Make it Happen with new prodco

French producer Sydney Gallonde has launched Make it Happen Studio, a new France based drama indie. Gallonde made Harlan Coben adaptation No Second Chance for TF1, which was a hit for the French net and was picked up by Netflix internationally. His new prodco is backed by Alliance Entreprendre, the private equity division of French […]

Irvine Welsh novel set for TV remake

An Irvine Welsh novel is set to get a television adaptation, marking the such development in the acclaimed author’s career. Buccaneer Media has acquired rights to Welsh’s novel Crime, and is in Cannes searching for partners for the show, which will have the same name. Actor Dougray Scott (My Week with Marilyn) is attached to […]

Amazon beats RTL to Deutschland83 sequel

A sequel to German spy drama Deutschland83 has been greenlit and Amazon has scooped the exclusive rights for its German service, ahead of free TV broadcaster RTL, which commissioned the original series. FremantleMedia’s UFA Fiction makes the show, a breakout international hit, and will produce the sequel, Deutschland86, for releases in 2018. Production gets underway […]

Electus bringing Singaporean musical drama to US

Electus has acquired local format rights to Singaporean scripted series The Musical Kitchen from Small World IFT and is planning a US version. Electus is working with Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere’s Flavor Unit Entertainment and Principato-Young Entertainment to adapt the Asian format. Queen Latifah and Compere will executive produce for Flavor Unit Entertainment, with […]

Westworld lights up HBO Canada

Buzzy HBO drama Westworld has become the best ever launch for HBO Canada and The Movie Network. The sci-fi series bowed strongly on HBO in the US and also on Sky Atlantic in the UK. In both Canada and the UK the series opener beat Game of Thrones in terms of viewing numbers. On HBO […]

HBO, History prebuy Navy SEALs drama

Various branches of HBO and History have acquired upcoming Navy SEALs action drama Six, TBI has learned. HBO Europe in central and eastern Europe, HBO Nordics, HBO Spain, iFlix in southeast Asia, History in southeast Asia, History Latin America and History Canada have all bought the show ahead of its international debut at MIPCOM. A+E […]

Worldwide brings Doctor Who spinoff

BBC Worldwide will show its Class in Cannes, with the international launch of a teen-skewed Doctor Who spin-off. Class comes from the creators of the hit sci-fi series and is written by Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls). It follows a group of teen students at Coal Hill Academy – an existing part of the Doctor […]

Westworld UK launch bigger than Game of Thrones

Westworld’s debut in the UK was bigger than both Game of Thrones and Fortitude. The new HBO sci-fi drama pulled in a consolidated 1.84 million viewers on its debut in the UK on pay TV channel Sky Atlantic. This makes it bigger than Game of Thrones’ debut (1.45 million) and previous record holder Fortitude (1.74 […]

New ITV drama boss unveils first slate

ITV’s new head of drama Polly Hill has ordered four new drama series for the UK broadcaster. Hill joined ITV from the BBC earlier this year. Her first commissions are medical drama Tauma; Girlfriends, about a trio of female friends facing up to life crises; conspiracy thriller White Dragon; and family drama Next of Kin. […]