Disney+ to adapt ‘To Cook A Bear’ as first Nordic original

Disney+ has commissioned an adaptation of Swedish author Mikael Niemi’s murder mystery novel To Cook A Bear as its first Nordic original. Written for the screen by Jesper Harrie and produced by Miira Paasilinna, Martin Person and Mia Welin at Anagram Sweden, the six-part series takes place in the summer of 1852 in the village […]

Ben Affleck & Matt Damon launch LA-based indie, backed by RedBird Capital

Hollywood stars Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are launching an LA-based indie with backing from private equity company RedBird Capital Partners. The firm, named Artists Equity, aims to “broaden access to profit participation” for content creators, based upon performance, with Affleck serving as CEO and Damon acting as CCO. Michael Joe, former COO at STX […]

Roku to axe 200 jobs as US enters economic slowdown

Roku has become the latest US media firm to cut jobs, with 200 roles – representing 5% of its total workforce – set to be hit. The company, which manufactures devices but is also a major player in FAST, has seen its share price plummet over the past year from $236 apiece this time last […]

MGM+ and Prime Video bring Sony’s ‘Spider-Man’ universe to TV

US network MGM+ (fka Epix) and Amazon Prime Video have ordered multiple superhero series based around the Sony Pictures universe of Marvel characters. The first title being produced under the multi-series agreement is Silk: Spider Society, from Sony Pictures Television, which will follow the hero Cindy Moon (aka Silk). Created for Marvel Comics by Dan […]

‘The Crown’s Left Bank Pictures names new creative director

The Crown producer Left Bank Pictures has named Sian McWilliams as its creative director. McWilliams, who is currently executive producer on shows including Without Sin for ITVX and The F*ck It Bucket for Netflix, will take up her new role from 1 January and oversee the whole slate of Left Bank. Her remit includes development […]

Hasbro to offload Entertainment One less than three years after $4bn acquisition

Hasbro is looking to sell off the majority of Entertainment One (eOne), just three years after acquiring the company for $4bn. The US-based toy giant will retain key brands including Peppa Pig, Transformers, My Little Pony and Play-Doh as part of a strategy that will see it sell off “non-core” elements of the business. The […]

Lookout Point names joint-CEO’s to replace Pathe-bound Faith Penhale

Gentleman Jack producer Lookout Point has named Laura Lankester and Will Johnston as its new joint-CEO’s, ahead of Faith Penhale’s move to Pathe. Lankester and Johnston have worked togetehr for the past decade, most recently as executive producers at Lookout Point, which is owned by BBC Studios. The promotions come two weeks after Penhale revealed […]

Sony’s Crunchyroll & Wowow strike pact to expand anime offering

Sony-backed anime brand Crunchyroll has linked up with Wowow in Japan to develop and produce a series of new shows, starting with the fantasy adventure Bye Bye, Earth. The deal, which also has Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan attached, will see Tom Ubukata’s Bye Bye, Earth turned into a series, ewith the story following lead character […]

Exclusive: Banijay UK chief urges clarity on BBC & Channel 4 future to safeguard production

UK public broadcasters the BBC and Channel 4 must be given “greater clarity” over their futures to enable the UK production industry to flourish, according to Banijay UK chairman Patrick Holland. The UK government has been exploring plans to scrap the BBC’s licence fee as well as to privatise commercially-funded Channel 4, although several rapid […]