Callender’s Playground ups two

Colin Callender’s drama prodco Playground has upped Scott Huff (left) and Elsye Dolbec (below right), and said it wants to expand its slate of US scripted projects. Huff becomes senior VP, development and production, overseeing Playground’s drama slate, and Dolbec becomes director of development, working with Huff on TV and theatre projects. Huff exec produces […]

Das Boot fits as Sonar joins Sky drama

LA-based Sonar Entertainment will coproduce Sky’s German television remake of the anti-war film Das Boot. Sonar will coproduce the eight-part drama with Bavaria Fernsehproduktion and Sky Deutschland, the German arm of European paycaster Sky. Sonar also takes worldwide sales rights, excluding the Sky pay TV territories: Germany, Austria, UK, Ireland and Italy. In June, Sky […]

Ex-Pivot exec joins AMC in int’l rejig

Former Pivot exec Chris Loveall has joined AMC Networks as part of a new group that will oversee international programming for AMC and SundanceTV. Loveall has been named VP, international programming for AMC and SundanceTV, with Kristin Jones named at the top of the new unit. Jones is now overseeing development and production and coproduction […]

NBCU, Tom Hardy work up drama duo

NBCUniversal International Studios and actor Tom Hardy’s prodco are working to adapt a new crime thriller book series, and a graphic novel about a silent alien invasion. NBCUIS has a first-look agreement with Hardy Son & Baker, the prodco Hardy formed with Dean Baker in 2012. Through this deal the companies are working to adapt […]

Netflix buys buzzy Ukraine comedy drama

Netflix has acquired Servant of the People and the hit Ukrainian comedy drama will play on the SVOD operator’s international services. It has landed a show currently in the news, after Fox optioned it last week, with a view to making a US version. Today’s deal is global, meaning Netflix will bring the original version […]

Channel 4 buys NBC drama

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has acquired NBC’s dramedy This is Us from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. The series debuted on NBC last week and scored 10.07 million viewers, rising to 13.47 million including catch-up. Its trailer had already amassed a record 64 million Facebook views and 8.5 million on YouTube. Channel 4 claims this […]

BBC in Deep Water with Australian drama deal

BBC Four has prebought Australian crime drama Deep Water. The four-parter launches on SBS as part of the Australian pubcaster’s autumn schedule and will launch on BBC Four later in the year. The show is loosely based on a crime wave that swept Sydney in 1980s and 1990s. It is produced by Australian indie Blackfella […]

Amazon gets local movies ahead of India launch

Amazon has inked a deal with Indian movie producer and distributor Dharma, giving it a raft of local movies for its Prime Instant Video service, which is about to launch in the country. Amazon is ramping up Prime, with the Indian launch expected to be the precursor to global expansion. The streaming service is currently […]

Critical picks up German TNT drama

Critical Content has taken international rights to The Valley, the murder mystery drama that played on the TNT Series pay TV channel in Germany. Critical is the content company created by Tom Forman and Andrew Marcus after they took over Relativity’s TV division. It is making and distributing drama and unscripted shows. It has taken […]

Netflix reveals Naked movie

Netflix has given the greenlight to a feature film starring Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie), based on a Swedish romcom. Naked will star Wayans as a charming man-child, who wakes up on his wedding day naked in an elevator reliving the hour before the ceremony over and over again. Director Michael Tiddes is attached, with Wayans, […]