Amazon takes first-window rights to Freeform thriller ‘Cruel Summer’

Amazon Prime Video has acquired exclusive first window worldwide rights (excluding the United States, Canada and China) to psychological thriller Cruel Summer. The series was produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple’s prodco Iron Ocean Productions and is set to land on the streamer following its US premiere on Freeform later this […]

eOne taps Beau Willimon for ‘Risk’ adaptation and first-look deal

Entertainment One (eOne) is in development with a scripted TV series based around the classic board game Risk, with House Of Cards creator Beau Willimon signed to a first-look deal with the company and set to helm the project. Willimon will write and oversee development of the project based on the strategy game, which, like […]

New Zealand’s Rialto goes global with Sundance alum Bruce Tuchman

Former Sundance Channel Global president Bruce Tuchman has linked up with New Zealand’s Rialto Channel to launch a new global streaming and linear service, which has already struck its first deal. Rialto International is a 50-50 joint venture that will offer series, documentaries and independent films to viewers worldwide via bespoke linear networks and on-demand services. […]

HBO Max joins Movistar+ show ‘Perfect Life’ as co-producer

HBO Max has picked up the first season of Spanish-language dramedy Perfect Life (Vida Perfecta) and has joined as a co-producer on the recently wrapped second season with Spain’s Movistar+, as the US streamer’s international acquisition play continues. The show is from actor/writer/director Leticia Dolera and follows three women in search of their place in the world […]

Univision restructures by hiring Telemundo alum Silberwasser & ViacomCBS’s Gazzolo

US Hispanic broadcaster Univision has restructured its senior team with the hire of former ViacomCBS exec Pierluigi Gazzolo and ex-Telemundo president Luis Silberwasser. Gazzolo was most recently president of streaming & studios at ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI), which he left last year following a major restructuring at the company. He takes the new role of […]

Netflix revives Kelley’s ‘Lincoln Lawyer’ adaptation with series order

Netflix has handed a series order to The Lincoln Lawyer, an hour-long drama based upon the book series by Michael Connelly, from Big Little Lies creator David E Kelley and A+E Studios. Kelley will write and executive produce the series alongside Ted Humphrey, who will serve as showrunner. Ross Fineman is also attached to executive […]

Thunderbird Entertainment hires Goldsmith to helm new global distribution division

Canadian prodco Thunderbird Entertainment has launched a new global distribution and consumer products division to be headed up by Cyber Group Studios alum Richard Goldsmith. The new division is part of Thunderbird’s push to acquire and develop its growing stable of owned IP, while providing service to external partners such as Netflix and Disney. In addition […]

UK’s Chalkboard TV hires ex-Sky commissioner Bill Hobbins as creative director

UK-based indie Chalkboard TV has appointed commissioning and production veteran Bill Hobbins to the newly created role of creative director. Hobbins, who takes up his new position this month, will helm the development of Chalkboard’s non-scripted content, while also working on new projects across all genres. He has also been appointed to the executive committee […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Unpacking Netflix & Amazon’s original production approach

Tim Westcott, senior research manager at research powerhouse and TBI sibling OMDIA, delves into the differing approaches of Netflix and Amazon to original production. Netflix, having started life as a home video company mailing DVD discs to subscribers, launched its first original production in 2012 – the Norwegian/German co-production Lilyhammer. Since then, it has dramatically […]

CBS makes a ‘Match’ with US remake of Norwegian comedy

CBS in the US has put a remake of Red Arrow Studios International’s Norwegian scripted comedy format Match into development. The show, titled Game Time, is being developed by Me, Myself & I creator Dan Kopelman, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Michael Strahan and his SMAC Entertainment, New Media Vision, Red Arrow Studios International and CBS Studios. Written by Kopelman, Game Time is […]