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UKTV takes Pop copro as W’s debut drama original

Britain’s UKTV has commissioned its first ever original drama for its W net, a coproduction with US cable channel Pop that has Anna Paquin (The Piano) as its star. Flack will follow as a sharp and witty American PR guru living in London, whose working expertise clashes with her inability to have a successful personal […]

The Fifth Beatle signs up to Bravo

US cable net Bravo is tuning up for limited event series The Fifth Beatle. The project is based on Tony Award-winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary’s graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, exploring the complicated personal life of The Beatle’s manager, who helped the foursome reach international stardom. Bravo will work with Universal […]

Jon Favreau creating Star Wars drama for Disney SVOD service

Producer-writer Jon Favreau is writing and executive producing a live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s upcoming global SVOD service. He will work with Star Wars studio Lucasfilm on the series, which is a number Disney is lining for the network. “I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for […]

RTL to increase spend on VOD services

RTL Group will increase investment in its on-demand services in the territories where it has strong families of channels. The launch of new services based on the French 6play platform in Belgium, Hungary and Croatia over the next few months will the “the first example” of RTL’s plans, according to CEO Bert Habets. The company […]

CBS to ramp up originals as it bids to top OTT ‘arms race’

CBS COO Joseph Ianniello revealed that the company will increase investment in digital originals to survive the OTT “arms race”, at an investors conference held at Deutsche Banks Media & Telecom Conference in Florida. The broadcast giant will bulk up on original series to drive subscription on its streaming platform CBS All Access and premium […]

BBC picks up Phoebe Waller-Bridge thriller Killing Eve

BBC has acquired Killing Eve, a new thriller by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, to premiere on BBC One and BBC Three later this year. The eight-part series will premiere in a primetime slot on BBC One and BBC Three will make it available as a box set on BBC iPlayer. Killing Eve is based on the […]

First projects selected for MIPTV/Canneseries drama forum

MIPTV and Canneseries track have unveiled the inaugural twelve projects officially selected for their In Development drama initiative. The projects come from the US, New Zealand, Belgium, France, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Canada, the UK and Ireland. They comprise scripted shows already in development and other at earlier stages. “The DNA of this event is to […]

Amazon gets Undone with toon from BoJack Horseman team

Amazon Studios has given the greenlight to a half-hour animated series from the team behind Netflix comedy BoJack Horseman. Undone is going straight to series on Amazon Prime Video following an order from Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios. The show is from BoJack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy, who […]

Netflix purchases fifth Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker will pen a fifth season of dystopian technology series Black Mirror for SVOD service Netflix despite rumours he was seeking to wind it up. Netflix confirmed the new run of the anthology drama, which comes from Brooker’s Endemol Shine Group-owned prodco House of Tomorrow. Rumours that Brooker would end Black Mirror after its […]

SVOD net Acorn cops British comedy No Offence

RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn TV has acquired exclusive digital rights in North America for the first two seasons of crime comedy-drama No Offence from Paul Abbot (Shameless) and a host of ITV shows. The eight-part first series will make its exclusive US debut on April 16. No Offence is a comedy police procedural series, produced by […]