Sweden’s TV4 & C More remake Norwegian pregnancy drama ‘Heartbeats’

Sweden’s TV4 and C More have ordered a local version of Norwegian drama Heartbeats, after striking a deal via Plimsoll Productions-owned Magnify Media. The 8 x 16-minute format is being produced by Baluba for free-to-air broadcaster TV4 and its sibling streamer C More. Magnify will distribute both the Swedish and Norwegian completed series worldwide, with […]

Nicola Shindler’s Quay Street preps first drama, ‘Nolly’, for ITV

Nicola Shindler’s new UK scripted label Quay Street Productions has landed its first drama commission, with an order from local broadcaster ITV for Nolly, a three-part drama from Russell T Davies and starring Helena Bonham Carter. It’s A Sin writer Davies will pen the 3 x 60-minute mini-series from the ITV Studios-backed Quay Street, which […]

Beta Nordic Studios buys into Sweden’s ‘Missing People’ prodco Unlimited

Beta Nordic Studios (BNS) has taken a majority stake in A Piece of My Heart and Sune producer Unlimited Stories. The deal will see BNS, which was launched by Germany’s Beta Film in 2019, taking a 51% stake in the Swedish production company. Unlimited Stories was founded in 2016 by Poa Strömberg, Patrick Ryborn and Linus Stöhr […]

Ridley Scott confirms ‘Blade Runner’ series in works

British director Ridley Scott has confirmed that a live action TV series based upon his 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner is in the works. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Scott revealed that he had already “written the pilot for Blade Runner” as well as its bible which outlined a planned 10-episode series. The […]

Four US unions urge FTC to block Amazon’s $8.45bn deal for MGM

Four major US unions have urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to block Amazon’s deal to buy The Handmaid’s Tale studio MGM. The $8.45bn deal, struck in May, would represent Amazon’s second biggest-ever acquisition and would see the studio behind shows such as Vikings and James Bond fall under the retail giant’s umbrella. The proposed […]

BET ups president Scott Mills to CEO

ViacomCBS-owned US BET network has promoted company president Scott Mills to the position of CEO. Mills has served as president at the African American-focused network for the past four years, during which time the company say he has “sparked invaluable change that structured and positioned the legacy brand for future success in a rapidly evolving […]

Netflix alum Carolyn Newman & ‘Transplant’ exec Virginia Rankin join Morayniss firm Blink

Blink Studios, the Canadian indie recently launched by John Morayniss, has appointed former Netflix originals exec Carolyn Newman as EVP of global scripted and Transplant exec Virginia Rankin as in-house executive producer. Based in Los Angeles and reporting directly to CEO Morayniss, Newman will focus on the development of scripted content for the newly launched indie studio. Toronto-based Rankin will meanwhile work closely with Newman to discover […]

MIPTV confirms 2022 show, format & doc events subsumed

MIPTV organisers RX France (formerly Reed Midem) have confirmed that a 59th edition will take place in Cannes next April, but off-shoots MIPFORMATS and MIPDOC are being rolled into the main event. The ‘reformatted’ three-day event will run 4 to 6 April and again take up residence at the Palais des Festivals. The MipFormats and […]

Disney TV Animation bolsters development team

Disney Television Animation is bolstering its development team, hiring Blue Sky Studios’ Lisa Fragner as VP and promoting Elizabeth Waybright Taylor into the same role. Both will report to Emily Hart, SVP, animation development, Disney Branded Television, as the studio looks to expand its linear and Disney+ animation slate. New York-based Fragner joined Disney-owned Blue […]