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ZDF gets to work on Reformation drama

German pubcaster ZDF has commissioned a two-part miniseries about revolutionary priest Martin Luther to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Heaven and Hell – Martin Luther (WT) will run to two 120-minute episodes, with shooting in Prague already underway. FremantleMedia-owned UFA Fiction is attached to produce, with Uwe Janson directing. Stefan Dähnert and […]

Euro, Lat Am nets find Conviction with eOne

Major networks in the UK, France and Latin America have bought Entertainment One Television’s new US broadcast network drama Conviction. Pay TV channels in the UK and Latin America, Sky Living and Fox Networks Group, respectively, and French commercial broadcaster TF1 have acquired the ABC show, which launched at the LA Screenings this year. The […]

Canal+ buys Argentinian drama

French pay TV provider Canal+ has acquired Argentinian drama El Marginal from Israel-based Dori Media Group. The series, from Sebastián Ortega, follows an ex-police officer who goes undercover in a harsh prison to inflitrate for kidnapping the daughter of a senior judge. Ortega’s Underground Productions and pubcaster TV Pública are behind the 13x52mins show, which […]

Alibaba buys into Spielberg JV prodco

The entertainment arm of Chinese conglomerate Alibaba Group has acquired a minority stake in Amblin Partners, the joint venture prodco in which Steven Spielberg and Entertainment One are partners. Alibaba Pictures will coproduce, market and distribute feature films as part of the agreement, and gets a seat on the Amblin Partners board. Film director Spielberg […]

Swedish-French Sun to rise in Cannes

A new Swedish/French drama from the creator of Bron will launch at MIPCOM. StudioCanal will debut Mårlind & Stein’s Midnight Sun at the market. The Atlantique and Nice Drama-produced series is for Canal+ in France and SVT in Sweden. It launches later this year in both territories, with StudioCanal preselling at MIPCOM. The distributor will […]

NHK, WOWOW prep 4K drama screenings

Broadcast groups NHK and WOWOW are co-hosting a pair of 4K HDR premieres in Cannes as Japan revels in its status the Country of Honour at MIPCOM. NHK will show Asian fantasy series Moribito II: Guardian of the Spirit, while WOWOW premieres Cold Case Japan, which is an adaptation of the Warner Bros. Television scripted […]

YLE ploughs extra €20m to high-end drama

Finnish pubcaster YLE is a locate an extra €20 million (US$22.8 million) into high-end drama development and acquisitions as in a bid to bolster its international standing. This comes after a government parliamentary group laid down an obligation following a report in June. While YLE’s production capabilities are set to decrease, there is a desire […]

Turner bringing Will Shakespeare to MIPCOM

Turner’s sales arm, Turner International, is launching drama and comedy from its US cable nets at MIPCOM. From TNT it will launch Will, the upcoming series about the life of a young William Shakespeare, and following the bard’s arrival on the theatre scene in 16th century London. Turner will be preselling the show, which launches […]

Netflix hires ex-Universal TV exec as content VP

Netflix has appointed former Universal Television president Bela Bajaria as its vice-president of content. Bajaria will lead the team at Netflix responsible for licensing content from the major US studios, including her former employer NBCUniversal, and agreeing coproduction deals with the major US networks. She will also oversee a new team developing original unscripted programmes […]

E4 acquires US comedy Black-ish

UK terrestrial Channel 4 has acquired ABC comedy Black-ish, and will premiere it on its youth-skewed digital channel, E4. Black-ish has been a ratings and critical success for ABC, and is currently in its second season on US broadcast television. The series follows Anthony Anderson and his African-American family, who try to balance their upper […]