Zodiak Rights in $150m scripted pact

Banijay Group’s sales arm, Zodiak Rights, has closed a deal with British writer-director David Raymond (pictured) that is “anticipated to garner US$150 million of scripted content”. Zodiak Rights has closed the first look finance and distribution deal with Arise Pictures, which LA-based Raymond runs with executive producer and film financier Chris Pettit (below, right). The […]

Fox’s Cotton picked as Heyday US chief

Nancy Cotton is leaving Fox 21 Television Studios to become US president of new NBCUniversal joint venture prodco Heyday Television. Cotton (pictured) was senior VP, creative affairs at 21st Century Fox-owned Fox 21, which is the company that resulted from the merger of cable producer Fox 21 and network production arm Fox Television Studios. She […]

Sonar taking The Fifth Beatle to TV

US producer and distributor Sonar Entertainment has optioned Vivek J. Tiwary’s The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, and will adapt the best-selling graphic novel into an event series. Tiwary, who has unprecedented access to the Lennon/McCartney catalogue of songs, will adapt his own work and exec produce the resulting series. It will tell the […]

Red Arrow, Nevision team for drama

Red Arrow Entertainment and boutique finance and production group Nevision have inked a drama co-development pact. The pair will work up scripted fare for the international market with two projects already at advanced development stage. The first is Post One, a high-concept drama from Gregory Edmont (The Secret Adventure of Jules Verne), and being produced […]

Amazon to leave Ripper Street

The fifth season of period crime drama Ripper Street will be its last, Amazon Prime Instant Video has revealed. Filming of the fifth run has begun in Dublin ahead of its exclusive debut on Amazon’s SVOD platform later this year. Amazon commissioned two seasons of the show last year, a development that followed the co-funding […]

ABC creates Quantico VR experience

US broadcast network ABC has launched its first scripted VR experience. This tied in with the midseason premiere of freshman drama Quantico, which stars Priyanka Chopra as a trainee US government agent who’s accused of masterminding a terrorist attack on New York City. The VR experience, created in partnership with car firm Lexus, launched yesterday […]

Netflix plays House of Cards in France, NZ

Netflix is to reportedly air the fourth season of its flagship drama House of Cards in France, taking the show back from pay TV rival Canal+, which has held the rights to the previous three seasons. The move will be a blow for Canal+, which has until now positioned itself as the exclusive distributor of leading […]

All3, Endemol Shine among 30 PactUS sign-ups

All3Media America and Endemol Shine North America are among 30 TV producers that have signed up to indies association PactUS as initial members. The 30 companies include All3 America and its family of prodcos – namely Bentley Productions, Bogner Content, Commonwealth Unscripted, Company Pictures, ID-TV, Lime, Lion Television USA, Maverick, MME Moviement, North One Television, […]

Two true-crime dramas for BBC

The BBC has ordered Murdered by My Father, and a new season of Murder for BBC Two, bolstering the UK pubcaster’s line-up of dramas based on real-life crimes. In the walk of Making a Murderer, The Jinx and The People v. O.J Simpson in-depth examinations of true crimes are a popular genre for broadcasters and […]

Playground developing refugee crisis drama

Drama producer Playground Entertainment has secured rights to The New Odyssey – The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis, which comes from journalist Patrick Kingsley. Transatlantic prodco Playground is developing the property into a “major new TV series” through its UK office after signing an option deal with Guardian News and Media. Kingsley was in 2015 […]