US rubber-stamps Legendary-Wanda deal

US regulatory authorities have approved the deal that will see Legendary Entertainment pass into Dalian Wanda’s hands, marking the first time a US studio has come under Chinese control. China-based Dalian Wanda’s US$3.5 billion deal to buy the Hollywood studio has got the greenlight from the US Department of Commerce less than a month after […]

Amblin Partners boss extends contract

Steven Spielberg’s new US content company, Amblin Partners, has extended CEO Michael Wright’s contract “for multiple years into the future”. This comes after Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One united to create film- and TV-focused Amblin Partners in December last year. Wright was at that time named CEO, having joined DreamWorks […]

Cruel Intentions, MacGyver rebooted in US

US broadcasters NBC and CBS have given separate pilot orders to classic American scripted properties. NBC will rework 1999 cult movie Cruel Intentions, telling the story of the son of Ryan Phillippe’s character in the film, while CBS has ordered a pilot for a new version of 1980s procedural MacGyver. Cruel Intentions has original writer-director […]

AMC channels boss Tuchman exiting

Bruce Tuchman is leaving US cable group AMC after five years running its international channels operation. Tuchman is president of AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global, and one of the best-known execs in the international channels business, having built AMC’s global channels operation and done the same for US studio MGM prior to that. TBI […]

Netflix Better Call Saul

Netflix will make new episodes of Better Call Saul available internationally a day after they go out on cable net AMC in the US. The Breaking Bad spin-off is distributed by Sony Pictures Television, which struck the international deal for Better Call Saul. Season one is already on Netflix outside the US. The season two […]

The X Files claims global ratings of 50m

The first instalments of the new series of sci-fi drama The X Files have been watched by 50 million viewers around the world, according to Fox. The new series has performed well on the Fox broadcast network in the US, which launched the first two episodes of the new season on consecutive nights. Internationally the […]

CBS pilots Training Day reboot

US broadcaster CBS is to pilot a reworking of Antoine Fuqua’s 2001 feature film Training Day, as the Eye Network continues to look to movies for series inspiration. The project has a pilot production commitment, with Fuqua and his Fuqua Films imprint, writer Will Beall, Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. Television all attached. The […]

First Instagram scripted series launches

Picture-sharing platform Instagram has had its first exclusive scripted series launched. Shield 5 debuted on the platform yesterday, marking the first time Facebook-owned Instagram has been used as the exclusive platform for a scripted programme. Twenty-eight 15-second episodes will roll out during this month. The series tells the story of a security driver on the […]

Dick Wolf re-ups with NBCU

Crime procedural guru Dick Wolf has signed another contract with NBCUniversal, this time tying him to the Comcast media business until 2020. Additionally, broadcast network NBC has given an 18th season recommission for Law & Order: SVU and a second season order for Wolf’s latest effort, Chicago Med (pictured). Wolf and his Wolf Entertainment imprint […]

US prodco to adapt Israeli crime drama

Canadian prodco Thunderbird is taking an Israeli-created scripted series from Armoza Formats to North America. Thunderbird has acquired development and local adaptation rights to Street Justice, which has run to three seasons on Channel 10 in Israel, where it has increased the network’s average slot ratings. The one-hour drama format comes from Artza Productions, and […]