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Gaumont preps modern Indian ‘King Lear’ adaptation

Narcos studio Gaumont is linking with Brahman Naman producer Dina Dattani to adapt a retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear set in modern-day India.  Released in August 2018, Preti Taneja’s (pictured) novel We That Are Young is a reimagining of the classic tale, which tells the story of a power struggle within a billionaire Indian family dynasty. The novel, which has received widespread critical acclaim, […]

Netflix’s Sarandos, Amazon’s Brown set for Series Mania

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos and Amazon Studios’ European originals boss Georgia Brown are heading to Series Mania as part of the French festival’s ‘Lille Transatlantic Dialogues’ programme. The day-long 27 March event is billed as a bilateral summit between the European Union and the US, uniting political decision makers with leading industry execs […]

Luke Perry’s death prompts ‘Riverdale’ production shutdown

The CW has shut down production on hit drama Riverdale following the death of actor Luke Perry. Perry, who played the role of Archie Andrews’ father on the series, which is based on the Archie comics, died on Monday (5 March), less than a week after suffering a massive stroke. It is as yet unclear […]

The ascent of Aussie drama

Drama from down under is enjoying a watershed moment as productions attract the attention of global SVODs and travel seamlessly around the world – what’s behind Australian TV’s global walkabout? Manori Ravindran reports. Once on the periphery of the international drama market, global-facing offerings such as ABC’s The Letdown are drawing the interest of global […]

Turner ramps up EMEA entertainment originals with new hire

Turner has promoted Anke Greifeneder to a newly created role as VP of original productions for EMEA. The exec is to lead a new regional general entertainment (GE) push for the business, which is to bolster investment in original local GE content. Greifeneder, who currently serves as director of original productions for Central & Eastern […]

Series Mania unveils 16 projects for Forum

Drama projects from Italy’s Indigo Film, Finland’s Funfar Film and the UK/Canada’s Reel One Entertainment are among the projects set to be pitched at the Series Mania Forum.   The Lille-based festival – whose well-respected Forum event looks to connect high-end European and international drama projects with finance partners – has revealed a slate of […]

AMC’s Shudder takes Globo’s Night Shifter

AMC Networks-owned streaming service Shudder has acquired feature film The Night Shifter (pictured) from Brazilian broadcaster Globo.  The horror-focused SVOD will debut the film in March across North America, the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. It will be available in Portuguese with subtitles, or dubbed in German for select countries. The acquisition marks the second Globo […]

Dramacorp hires Nice Drama creative director

Stockholm-based scripted producer Dramacorp has hired Nice Drama creative director and EP Henrik Jansson-Schweizer (pictured, right). Jansson-Schweizer, who co-founded Nice Drama with Nebout (pictured, left) in 2009, joins the Swedish business – which was then founded by Nebout in 2016 – in the role of creative director and executive producer. His credits include SVT Sweden’s […]

Show of the week: Coroner

The crown jewel in Cineflix Rights’ growing scripted slate, Coroner has struck a chord in the market for procedurals – becoming the highest-rated drama debut on Canadian broadcaster CBC and the largest historical launch on Universal TV in the UK. Inspired by British writer M.R. Hall’s bestselling series of books, Coroner is a character-driven, hour-long […]

TBI Weekly: Windowing battle brews for the BBC  

Senior producers and BBC Studios execs have spoken out about the public broadcaster’s plans to extend the 30-day iPlayer window into a full year, as BBC Two lags six months behind Amazon’s premiere date for big-budget co-production Good Omens. The future of the BBC’s catch-up service – where hit show Bodyguard racked up around 10.8m views […]