Drama at the members’ club

Howard Stringer and Jeremy Fox tell TBI about Atrium, their new club for platforms that want to source their own high-end drama series. Howard Stringer is known, among other things, for running Sony, producing for CBS, and until recently, being a non-exec director of UK pubcaster the BBC. His new venture is a first-of-its-kind members […]

Netflix makes it Rain as Danish drama nears

Production has begun on streaming service Netflix’s first Scandinavian original, a dystopian drama. The Rain has gone into production in Denmark, with FremantleMedia-owned Miso Film attached as producer. Set six years in the future, follows two siblings who join a group of young survivors of a brutal virus that has wiped out almost all of […]

ABC Studios and Hoodlum sign global first look deal

ABC Studios International and Australian prodco Hoodlum Entertainment have signed a worldwide first look deal, stepping up their international development and production efforts. In this newly formed pact, the international programming arm of ABC Studios and Hoodlum will develop new content for the global international marketplace, including the US. Disney Media Distribution will have international […]

YouTube Red orders batch of new originals

Subscription video service YouTube Red has ordered a live action kids series featuring YouTube star Colin Furze, a pair of scripted series and a competition format. Production on 9 Story Media Group-produced Furze World Wonders has begun ahead of an autumn launch on the online subscription service. YouTube Red has also ordered a Dwayne Johnson […]

Captive audience: the Spanish SVOD boom

Spain’s drama production sector is moving swiftly towards international television’s top tier, fuelled by the SVOD global boom. Emiliano de Pablos reports. Not so long ago, Spain’s TV drama production sector was completely driven by free-to-air TV broadcasters Mediaset España, Atresmedia and state-owned TVE. However, weighty new players, led by telco giant Telefonica’s  pay TV […]

ITV Studios, Sky execs join Lookout Point

High-ranking production execs at ITV Studios (ITVS) and satcaster Sky are joining UK drama house Lookout Point. ITVS creative director Francis Hopkinson (Wallander, DCI Banks) is joining as the senior management team as executive producer, while Louise Mutter is named head of production. Hopkinson will build and develop his own slate and produce new Andrew […]

eOne inks multi-year deal with StoryBy

Global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) has entered a multi-year TV first-look deal with US-based StoryBy Entertainment. eOne, best known as the distributor of The Walking Dead and producer of shows such as Rookie Blue, will serve as the studio on StoryBy’s television projects and will control worldwide rights under the partnership. StoryBy was launched […]

ITV Studios promotes Oldfield in drama push

Catherine Oldfield has been promoted to creative director of ITV Studio’s drama label, Tall Story Pictures. Oldfield is co-founder of Tall Story and executive producer of the label’s forthcoming drama Trauma. She will lead the team following her co-partner Francis Hopkinson’s departure. Hopkinson will leave later this year for a new role as executive producer […]

Amazon Prime picks up Israeli drama

Amazon Prime Video has picked up Israeli romantic comedy series The Baker and The Beauty, making it available across 200 territories. Prime Video will be the premium subscription streaming home for seasons one and two, the latter of which is currently airing in Israel, with both seasons amounting to 20 half-hour episodes. The romantic comedy […]

NCIS named ‘most watched’ drama series again

US procedural NCIS has been named the most-watched drama series for the eighth year in a row, according to research by Eurodata TV Worldwide. The CBS series garnered 47 million viewers worldwide in 2016. It received its twelfth International Television Audience Award for drama TV series at the 57th Monte-Carlo Television Fesitval last night (June […]