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Black Friday cancellations: ‘Lethal Weapon’, ‘Murphy Brown’ axed

US broadcasters have pulled the plug on a number of shows as part of its annual ‘Black Friday’ cull ahead of this week’s Upfronts presentations.  Some of the most high-profile cancellations come from Fox, which is retooling its brand following the Disney acquisition, which closed in March. The broadcaster has canned a number of programmes, […]

TBI Weekly: Is Netflix killing off nuanced drama? (Column)

As SVODs increasingly rely on punchy dramas to draw eyeballs and differentiate their offerings, some producers and writers are concerned that slow-burning stories are an increasingly rare commodity. As Netflix UK goes in search of ‘hooky’ dramas for their platform, TBI asks whether nuanced scripted fare is an endangered offering in the new TV landscape.  […]

Sales round-up: All3Media Int’l, Studiocanal strike deals for ‘Baptiste’, ‘Years’

All3Media International scores in Spain  The distributor has sold a slate of dramas into broadcasters and digital platforms in Spain. It has sold Two Brothers Pictures’ thriller Baptiste, which premiered in February on BBC One, into Movistar+. It has also licensed three-part drama Mrs Wilson (BBC One) into Filmin. Meanwhile, Atresmedia has picked up series seven of Kitchen Nightmares while A+E […]

‘Les Mis’ producer Chris Carey boards Dancing Ledge

Les Misérables producer Chris Carey has joined Fremantle-backed Dancing Ledge Productions.  The exec, who most recently served as an EP for BBC Studios-owned Lookout Point, is to serve as executive producer for The New Pope prodco as it expands its drama slate. Carey — who recently took part in TBI’s inaugural One-to-One session with Sky exec Jane […]

All3Media America’s Main Event Media launches podcast arm

All3Media America-owned Main Event Media is launching a podcast division.  The United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell (pictured) prodco, which is headed by Jimmy Fox, has partnered with on-demand podcasting distribution platform Audioboom for the venture. The business is to develop a slate of podcasts in-house for both film and TV. All podcast titles — […]

Shaftesbury grows creative team with Temple Street producer

Frankie Drake Mysteries producer Shaftesbury has appointed Lesley Grant as creative producer.  She will be responsible for expanding the business’s creative slate, reporting into Julie Lacey, VP of creative development. Grant began her career as an editor at Random House Canada until 1999, when she joined CTV as a drama development exec. She has held similar […]

ITVS GE sends ‘Bodyguard’ to China

Bodyguard is heading to China. ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has sold mainland Chinese broadcasting rights to the hit drama to Huanxi Media Group Limited, which will stream the title on huanxi.com. The platform provides domestic and international films as well as scripted TV drama. Bodyguard was created and written by Line Of Duty […]

Writer’s Room: Comedy is personal – Sarah Scheller

I have been fortunate enough to write two series of The Letdown, a very personal, narrative comedy about modern-day parenting. I have co-written every episode with my work partner, Alison Bell, from early blue-skying, to methodically breaking down stories to physically writing the dialogue. We do it all together. We also work in a program […]

How BAFTA-nominated directors shot the Royal Wedding, ‘Inside No. 9 Live’

A careful balance of tech innovation and storytelling flexibility are the hallmarks of this year’s multi-camera direction nominees for the British Academy Television Craft Awards. The nominees – who are predominantly women – include Barbara Wiltshire, who is nominated for Inside No. 9 Live: Dead Line (BBC Studios/BBC Two); Bridget Caldwell for The Royal British […]

ZDFneo boards DR’s Nordic noir ‘Deliver Us’

German channel ZDFneo has boarded Deliver Us, Danmarks Radio’s new drama-thriller series. The (8 x 60’) series comes from the writer and producer team of Christian Torpe and Jesper Morthorst (Rita, Silent Heart, The Mist, Norskov, Heartstone). It is currently in production in Denmark and will premiere in autumn 2019. The co-production was brokered by Dynamic Television […]