Scripted


Rookie Blue’s Cameron sets up prodco, gets order

Rookie Blue and Degrassi: the Next Generation writer Tassie Cameron has set up a new prodco, Cameron Pictures, and secured a drama series order from Canadian free-TV net Global. Cameron was the head writer and exec producer on Rookie Blue (pictured) the Canada-produced procedural that ran for six seasons on Shaw-owned Global, and ABC in […]

Ex-Alliance Atlantis boss invests in Norton firm

Former Alliance Atlantis entertainment CEO Peter Sussman (left) has joined the board of London-based Awesome Media & Entertainment after investing in the business and becoming an equity partner. Awesome, which Canadian born screenwriter Jeff Norton (below, right) founded, is moving into primetime drama to go with its existing kids and family projects. These include Woodland, […]

Ex-SPT exec named Endemol Shine Studios boss

The changes at Endemol Shine Studios continue, with former Sony Pictures Television and Alcon Television Group scripted executive Sharon Hall named president. Hall will oversee Endemol Shine Group’s US studio, with executive VP Jeremy Gold now reporting into her. Gold had been overseeing the studio with Carolyn Bernstein following the departure of Philippe Maigret last […]

Quebec net acquires CBS’s Limitless

TVA owner Quebecor Content has acquired high-concept CBS procedural Limitless. The CBS Television Studios-, K/O Paper Products- and Critical Content (fka Relativity Television)- produced show will air on Quebec network TVA and SVOD platform Club illico, beginning on a currently undefined date. The show has been a major new season ratings hit for US broadcaster […]

Aussie SVOD service pulls off Showtime coup

Australian subscription on-demand service Stan has scored exclusive streaming rights to programming from premium US cable channel Showtime. The agreement began this week with the launch of Billions, and will ultimately run to hundreds of hours, and includes granting Stan the exclusive license to use the Showtime brand in Australia. A highlight will be the […]

Tech crime drama for on-demand net Crackle

An original drama from the newly-established Critical Content is headed to Sony-owned on-demand platform Crackle. Martin Freeman (Fargo, Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Adam Brody (The O.C.) will star in Star Up, which will run to ten episodes and comes from Ben Ketai. The show, which begins filming this week in Puerto Rico, follows […]

Data: Walking Dead is TV’s ‘most in-demand’ show

The Walking Dead is the most in-demand television show in the world, according to exclusive data seen by TBI. In the fourth quarter of 2015, the AMC series, which is firmly established as the US’s highest-rating programme, had the highest ‘Global Average Demand Rating’, a metric developed by data science and technology specialists Parrot Analytics. […]

TF1 completes Newen deal

TF1 has completed its controversial 70% buyout of French producer and distributor Newen Group. In a statement, France’s largest commercial broadcaster said that it had obtained clearance from all the relevant authorities and has completed the deal under terms it agreed last year. TF1 and FLCP, the holding company of the Newen Group, agreed in […]

AMC hires former MTG exec in CEE rejig

The central Europe division of AMC Networks International has rejigged its operation and will now run across two distinct areas, film and entertainment, and kids and infotainment. The channel operator has brought in CEE TV industry veteran Judit Minda to oversee programming at the new kids and infotainment unit. She was at MTG until recently. […]

Writer’s Room: Sharon Horgan

Irish comedy star Sharon Horgan on the quirks she and production partner Clelia Mountford found working in US TV after launching their UK-based production firm, Merman, in the States The difference between working in the UK and US can be summed up in two words: craft services. Affectionately known as ‘crafty’, this service provides sets with […]