Sky, Channel 4 expand content and tech partnership

Comcast-owned pay TV operator Sky and broadcaster Channel 4 have extended their strategic partnership with a new deal covering content and advertising technology. The arrangement, which expands on a similar agreement struck last year, includes a multi-year carriage deal renewal that offers Sky customers access to exclusive programming from Channel 4’s VOD service All 4, […]

Netflix strikes landmark deal for global rights to ‘Seinfeld’

Netflix has picked up global streaming rights to US sitcom Seinfeld in a major coup for the business. The streaming giant has struck a deal with Sony Pictures Television for all nine seasons of the show, which are set to launch on the platform in 2021. The five-year deal comes on the back of Netflix losing […]

Dutch FilmWorks launches international sales division

Benelux distributor Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) is launching a global sales division to build on its growing activity in co-production and co-financing. DFW International will focus exclusively on the worldwide sales of TV drama series, feature films, documentaries and kids programming, with a strategy to create a showcase of content from the Benelux region. The new […]

Tiger Aspect promotes ‘Good Karma Hospital’ exec to head drama

Endemol Shine Group-owned UK producer Tiger Aspect has appointed Lucy Bedford as its head of drama. Bedford joined Tiger Aspect as an executive producer in 2014 and most recently moved into the role of creative director, working on a production and development slate that includes a yet-to-be-revealed series for ITV. TBI understands she will take […]

Exclusive: Ireland’s ShinAwiL links with Swiss duo on UN corruption drama

Miss Scarlet and The Duke‘s Irish prodco ShinAwiL is working with two Swiss outfits and Mirage screenwriter Bénédicte Charles on a new drama about corruption within the United Nations (UN). Alpha is from ShinAwiL, C-Films and Point Prod and is being written by Pascal Glatz and Christian Wehrlin, who are working alongside Charles on the […]

‘Friends’ co-creators Marta Kauffman, David Crane rule out show’s return

The creative team behind hit sitcom Friends have ruled out rebooting the show or bringing together its cast for another outing, despite its ongoing popularity. Friends‘ final episode aired in 2004 but the show has enjoyed sustained popularity over recent years, boosted by its availability on Netflix, where it has secured a new generation of […]

‘Chernobyl’, ‘Game Of Thrones’ win big at Creative Arts Emmys

HBO’s Game Of Thrones and Chernobyl emerged as the top winners at the weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies.  Held across Saturday (14 September) and Sunday nights, the awards salute outstanding artistic and technical achievement in television. The first night’s awards honoured artists and craftspeople in reality, variety special, documentary, animated programme and short-form animation, […]

BBC chief Tony Hall eyes opportunity with Disney, Apple launches

BBC director-general Tony Hall believes an imminent “second wave of disruption” caused by streamers from companies such as Disney and Apple will provide the UK public broadcaster with an opportunity to attract more viewers. Hall has been a frequent commentator on the growing dominance of Netflix within the UK industry. But he will use his […]

ProSieben and Discovery’s streamer Joyn orders first drama

ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery’s streamer Joyn has commissioned its first original with the drama Dignity. The 8 x 52-minute political thriller – commissioned by Joyn for Germany and Mega in Chile – is inspired by the true story of the mysterious German cult Colonia Dignidad, set up in Chile by former Nazi soldier Paul Schaefer. For […]