HBO nears pilot order for House Targaryen prequel

HBO is nearing a pilot order for a Game Of Thrones prequel from author George R. R. Martin and Colony co-creator Ryan Condal. According to Deadline, the show will centre on House Targaryen and take place 300 years before the events of the recent series, which concluded in May, shattering records for HBO. Martin created […]

Nice Drama appoints SF Studios, Warner Bros alum as executive producer

Midnight Sun producer Nice Drama has appointed former SF Studios and Warner Bros. exec Karin Strandberg Blom as executive producer. Blom has spent more than two decades in the industry, working on production and business development of film, TV and theatre projects. She joins Nordic Entertainment (NENT) Group-backed Nice Drama from CJENM-owned distributor company Eccho […]

Boat Rocker Media buys LA drama prodco Platform One Media

Canada’s Boat Rocker Media has acquired LA-based production outfit Platform One Media. As part of the deal, Platform One CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh has been promoted to founder and chairman of the scripted producer and will take on a soon-to-be-announced senior leadership role at Boat Rocker. O’Connell Marsh launched Platform One in 2017 having previously […]

BBC Studios names ‘Bodyguard’ exec to head drama for production arm

BBC Studios (BBCS) has appointed Bodyguard producer Priscilla Parish to lead the drama division at its production arm. Parish, who becomes head of drama for BBCS Production, will report to director of content Ralph Lee and will be responsible for the creative strategy and development for BBCS drama series and serials, daytime drama and factual […]

Sky Studios unveils US-based production hub, appoints Jupiter exec to lead

Sky Studios, the commissioning and production arm of Comcast-backed pay TV operator Sky, is launching a production services hub in the US and has appointed a Jupiter Entertainment exec to run it. The Hive Collective (The Hive) will work in collaboration with Sky Studios’ production expertise in Europe and will have its bases in New […]

Exclusive: The Oslo Showrunner Summit unveils new Vision Award

London-headquartered consultancy MediaXchange is to launch a new award at The Oslo Showrunner Summit later this month that will recognise an up-and-coming lead writer or showrunner from the region. The Vision Award recipient will be selected by a jury of six leading industry showrunners and writers, including The Oslo Showrunner Summit country representatives from host […]

NBCUniversal’s scripted team for streamer revealed

Further details of the management team overseeing NBCUniversal’s soon-to-launch streaming service have emerged, including the exec heading up its scripted line-up. Bill McGoldrick, president of scripted at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and president of unscripted at NBCU channels USA Network and Syfy, has had his remit expanded to include oversight of scripted for the streaming service, […]

Distribution round-up: DocuBay expands across Europe; Wag acquires ‘Krow’s Transformation’

DocuBay strikes Vidya distribution deal Fledgling documentary streamer DocuBay has appointed The Vidya Collective to expand its distribution efforts in the UK and EMEA. The Vidya Collective will develop relationships with regional strategic partners to expand the reach of DocuBay, which is backed by Indian outfit IN10 Media. Earlier this summer the company unveiled a […]

Turkcell enters ‘Wild District’ after striking first ZDFE deal

Turkish telecoms company and broadcaster Turkcell has SVOD acquired rights to 10-part drama Wild District as part of its first deal with ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE). The 10 x 60 minute show, which is co-produced by Narcos producer Dynamo (The Hidden Face) and ZDFE, was created by Cristian Conti and directed by Javier Fuentes-León with Carlos […]

NBCU distribution boss promises “seamless transition” for Sky Vision takeover

NBCUniversal Global Distribution bosses have promised a “seamless transition” around its takeover of Sky Vision, highlighting that they are on track to integrate the latter business into operations by 1 October. Belinda Menendez, president of NBCUniversal International Television Distribution and Universal Networks International, was among a number of NBCU execs in London on Tuesday (9 […]