South Africa’s Blue Rapid hires Kwese alum to lead scripted at BBCS-owned prodco

BBC Studios (BBCS)-owned Come Dine With Me South Africa producer Rapid Blue has named Mmabatho Kau to a newly created role overseeing scripted content. Kau will look to tap into the emerging opportunities from regional broadcasters and international streamers, the latter of which in particular are becoming increasingly focused on commissioning content from the region. […]

Global drama prodcos unite under The Creatives, with Fremantle backing

The Young Pope prodco Haut Et Court and the Israeli outfit behind No Man’s Land are among nine indies from eight countries that have formed a new scripted TV and film label, which is being backed by Fremantle. The Creatives is being led by French firm Haut Et Court and counts Netherlands-based Lemming Film (Remy), Belgium’s […]

M-Net & Acorn TV partner on ‘Recipes For Love And Murder’

Production has begun on a new South African murder mystery series, Recipes For Love And Murder, based on the novel by Sally Andrew. The 10-part series which is being filmed in both South Africa and Scotland is a co-production between M-Net, AMC Networks’ Acorn TV, Telepool brand Global Screen and Both Worlds Pictures. Cape Town-based […]

Amazon seeks ‘The Consultant’ from ‘Servant’ creator Tony Basgallop

Amazon Prime Video has commissioned The Consultant, a new darkly comedic workplace thriller series, starring Christoph Waltz. Produced by MGM Television and Amazon Studios, series creator Tony Basgallop (Servant) will serve as showrunner and executive producer, while Matt Shakman (WandaVision) will direct and executive produce. Waltz (No Time To Die, The French Dispatch) will also […]

Korea’s CJ ENM strikes $1bn deal for Endeavor Content

South Korean media giant CJ ENM has struck a near-$1bn deal to rapidly expand its global scripted presence by taking an 80% stake in Endeavor Content. The agreement with the prodco’s US-based owner, Endeavor Group Holding, will see the Seoul-based firm invest $775m, including a $120m contribution to Endeavor Content. The deal values the company […]

AMC+ saddles up Western drama ‘Dirty Black Bag’ for US, Canada & Oz

AMC Networks has acquired rights to spaghetti western drama series That Dirty Black Bag for its AMC+ bundle in the US, Canada and Australia. The show, produced by Mediawan-owned BRON Studios and Palomar, describes the eight-day clash between sheriff Arthur McCoy (Dominic Cooper) and Red Bill (Douglas Booth), an infamous, solitary bounty hunter known for […]

ITVS partners with Bad Wolf’s David P. Davis for new prodco

ITV Studios (ITVS) has linked with Bad Wolf exec David P. Davis (Industry) to launch a new label under Patrick Spence’s scripted division. 5 Acts Productions becomes the first label under Spence’s Studio umbrella division and will be based out of Cardiff, Wales. Davis is creative director and will focus on producing diverse drama for […]

News round-up: Paramount+ reports “most successful” week; ESNA & Aarón Sánchez partner for scripted show’; Great Pacific preps science series

Paramount+ reports “most successful” week ViacomCBS has claimed that its streaming service Paramount+ has experienced its “most successful week ever” after it added more than one million new subscribers. The company said that this was a new record for total signups since its rebranding from CBS All Access, and that it had also hit new […]

Starz names TriStar TV exec Kathryn Busby as originals president

Lionsgate-owned US network Starz has appointed TriStar Television exec Kathryn Busby as its new president of original programming. She will take charge of the programming and development team for the network and global streaming platform and work to deliver on its programming mandate of narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences. Busby takes […]