TBI Scripted: Year in Review

Another epic year in TV drama has just passed, with more original series, more money put into scripted and more ambitious and high-end projects than ever. But can it last? Was 2016 a good year? “Generally yes but fraying at the edges is starting to show,” says Marc Lorber, the Lionsgate drama exec. “Financier/distributors will lose […]

All 4 elects Keshet’s Mr Student Body President

UK streaming platform All 4 has acquired New Form-produced teen comedy Mr Student Body President from Israeli’s Keshet International. The shortform drama is one of three Keshet debuted internationally at MIPCOM. It will be made available on Channel 4’s on-demand service on December 26, marking the first time it has directly acquired a teen comedy-drama. […]

People Just Do Nothing set for the US

People Just do Nothing has been picked up by Vice’s TV channel in the US, and the prodco behind the show has told TBI it is working up an American version of the British comedy. Viceland, Vice’s linear cable net, picked up People Just Do Nothing for its 2017 line-up, marking the first time it has acquired […]

Mark Gordon enters UK as Marchand starts prodco

The Mark Gordon Company and parent Entertainment One have inked a multi-year partnership with film producer Xavier Marchand’s newly-established prodco, Moonriver Content. The move means LA-based Mark Gordon gains a foothold in the European production market, as film- and television-focused Moonriver is based in London. “We are eager to expand into Europe, and finding strong […]

Sky Germany spends Eight Days on new original

The German arm of pay TV giant Sky is developing Acht Tage (Eight Days) as its latest original programme. Sky Germany is working with Munich-based production company Neuesuper on the drama, which will tell the story of the final eight days of mankind. Each of the eight episodes will follow one of those last days. […]

Fox spreads 24: Legacy globally

Fox Networks Group has acquired rights to 24: Legacy in 160 territories. The deal covers the UK, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, South Africa, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina. The show, which is a spin off of 24 and originally for Fox in the US, will go day and date “across […]

Channel 4 calls for Turner’s Search Party

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has acquired rights to dark US comedy Search Party and will make it available on-demand on December 26. Channel 4 viewers will be able to exclusively access the entire series via the All 4 platform. The show follows a ‘life-long doormat’ who becomes fixated on the disappearance of a former college […]

Midnight Sun set for Russia

Swedish-French drama series Midnight Sun is heading to Russia after free-to-air broadcaster Channel One bought it. The Russian net will launch the eight-part drama in January, having acquired it from StudioCanal. The show was a Canal+, SVT and Filmpool copro and made by Atlantique Productions and Nice Drama. StudioCanal has already shopped it to Sky […]

Sales veteran Patel upped at Warner Bros.

Roni Patel has been upped to senior VP at the distribution arm of Hollywood studio Warner Bros. She is now SVP, sales, Nordic, Benelux and Middle East at Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution (WBITD). In the new role, she continues to report to Robert Blair, executive VP, Europe, Middle East and Africa, WBITD. Patel sells […]

Dating Game Killer Discovery ID’s first original movie

ITV-owned prodco ThinkFactory is making Dating Game Killer, the first original movie for the US ID channel. The film marks the Discovery net’s move into true crime feature films, with the feature bowing on the cable net early next year. The drama is based upon the true story of Rodney Alcala, the convicted US serial […]