Viaplay orders Swedish Dicks with Keanu Reeves

Modern Times Group (MTG) has commissioned the first original series for its Viaplay online TV offering, a comedy series starring Keanu Reeves (The Matrix). The Sweden-based pay and free TV broadcaster has commissioned Swedish Dicks, a comedy series about a Los Angeles-based Swedish private detective and former stuntman, from Viking Brothers Entertainment and Brain Academy, […]

Fox makes Chinese content commitment

Fox’s international production and Asian divisions are teaming to produce Chinese-language content in a major programming initiative. Fox International Productions and Fox Networks Group Asia said they will make Chinese TV series, miniseries and films. The pair said they will become the “go-to platform for local creative talent to work with in creating high quality […]

Kevin Spacey will not join Relativity

House of Cards star Kevin Spacey has decided not to join a new-look Relativity Studios as chairman. US trades have been reporting for some weeks that Spacey had become concerned over the amount of work needed to re-establish the US studio after emerging from its financial woes, and this was confirmed yesterday. “It is with […]

Sony buys into new drama indie

Sony Pictures Television has acquired a minority stake in a new UK-based drama production company. SPT’s deal hands it distribution rights to high-end drama series hailing from Fable Pictures, which creative director Faye Ward and managing director Eugenio Perez. Ward was previously at Ruby Film and Television, in which UK broadcaster ITV owns a stake. […]

Sitcom Fuller House in demand on Netflix

Netflix’s sitcom Fuller House was by far the most demanded on the SVOD streaming platform last week, new stats show. Almost eight times as many demands were recorded for the Full House reboot than the second-most demanded, superhero drama Jessica Jones, according to research from Parrot Analytics released in association with Digital Entertainment Group. Fuller House’s […]

StudioCanal Paranoid about new ITV drama

ITV has ordered Paranoid, a new eight-part drama about a group of detectives sucked into a Europe-wide conspiracy thriller. StudioCanal prodco Red will make the series for ITV and StudioCanal’s sales arm will handle international distribution. The series, which is written by Bill Gallagher (The Paradise) will follow a group of detectives in a fictional […]

Writer Coben, Red launch new prodco

Writer Harlan Coben and Red Production Company have launched a joint venture production company. Coben and Red founder Nicola Shindler will be joint CEOs of Final Twist Productions, which will be based in the US. Red parent Studiocanal will handle all programming from Final Twist, which is targeting scripted programming for American broadcast networks. Studiocanal […]

Endemol Shine tipped for Anonymous investment

Endemol Shine Group wants to buy into US film and TV prodco Anonymous Content, according to various reports in the the US trades. These say the US division of Endemol Shine, which is jointly run by Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin, wants a minority stake in Anonymous, which has numerous TV projects in the works, […]

NBCU’s Working Title gets new UK boss

NBCUniversal-backed drama prodco Working Title Television UK has hired former Kudos prodcuer Andrew Woodhead as its new managing director. He fills a role vacated by Juliette Howell, whose exit from Working Title was announced last year. She has since created a new prodco with former Film4 chief Tessa Ross. Working Title is based in London […]

Zodiak Rights in $150m scripted pact

Banijay Group’s sales arm, Zodiak Rights, has closed a deal with British writer-director David Raymond (pictured) that is “anticipated to garner US$150 million of scripted content”. Zodiak Rights has closed the first look finance and distribution deal with Arise Pictures, which LA-based Raymond runs with executive producer and film financier Chris Pettit (below, right). The […]