Nat Geo preps global Malala launch

National Geographic Channel is prepping a global launch for feature doc He Named Me Malala. The film was released theatrically by Fox Searchlight, part of 21st Century Fox, which also now owns Nat Geo. The US and international TV launch of He Named Me Malala will also see Nat Geo, 21st Century Fox, and the […]

Hulu becomes HBO’s SVOD home in Japan

HJ Holdings – aka Hulu Japan – has become the exclusive local SVOD licensing partner of US premium cable channel HBO. Nippon TV-owned Hulu Japan will have exclusive streaming rights to shows such as epic drama Game of Thrones and comedy Silicon Valley in a deal that brings various “HBO series never before seen in […]

Amazon bags new Woody Allen movie

Woody Allen’s latest feature film will go out exclusively in North America on Amazon Prime Instant Video after its theatrical debut. Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to the film, a romantic comedy starring Jeannie Berlin and Steve Carrell set in the 1930s. Amazon Studios’ feature film release model sees films go out theatrically for […]

Netflix ‘sets first German original’

Netflix’s latest original content play is reportedly the streaming platform’s first German-language drama from an Endemol Shine Germany-backed prodco. The show, which is currently untitled, will be made by Wiedemann & Berg, the Endemol Shine joint venture prodco, according to a report in German media trade Mediabiz. Mediabiz reported up to 70 German producers had […]

Hungry for horror

What is whetting the appetite of horror fans? Zombies? Demons? Monsters? Jesse Whittock looks for answers from the key broadcasters, producers and distributors behind the best fear-inducing shows on television On Friday, October 9, 2015, around 15,000 people flooded into Madison Square Garden in New York City to attend an exclusive event for the season […]

Berlin: Shine France discovers DR’s DNA

Shine France is set to board a new Danish drama from pubcaster DR. TBI understands the final elements of an agreement are being worked out, after which Shine France, part of the Endemol Shine Group, will coproduce the series with Warner Bros.-owned Eyeworks Scandi Fiction. Investigative crime drama DNA comes from writer Torleif Hoppe, whose […]

VH1 takes hip-hop film to series

VH1 is making The Breaks, a hip-hop series that will follow on from its original TV movie of the same name. The Breaks the series will bow later this year on the Viacom-owned net. The movie went out in January and was the top cable show among 18-34s in its 11pm slot. The project is […]

SVOD rewrites the drama script

In three years Netflix and its SVOD counterparts have turned the TV drama world on its head. Whereas the Holy Grail for a drama producer was once a US network commission, now a global order for Netflix, or an Amazon pilot, is becoming the greatest prize What’s the difference between pitching a drama series to […]

CBS, Showtime get a big Yes in Israel

Israeli pay TV platform Yes has inked a new volume deal with CBS that gives it a range of programming from the studio and from CBS-owned premium cable net Showtime. Yes already had a CBS deal in place, but the new agreement hands it programming including Showtime’s buzzy high-finance drama Billions (left), CBS series Limitless […]

Spanish fiction: dramatic times

With the country’s recession now over, Spanish TV producers are cautiously resuming plans for growth. More international coproductions, greater involvement from pay TV operators in original fiction, and several  overseas adaptations of local drama series are all leading to renewed confidence in Spanish drama production. TBI reports from Madrid The green shoots of recovery are […]