Scripted


ABC loses drama, children’s bosses

Two senior programming executives are leaving Australia’s pubcaster, the ABC. Head of fiction Carole Sklan and head of children’s Deidre Brennan are both exiting the organisation. Sklan’s departure at the end of February comes after six years running ABC Fiction, while Brennan is leaving “to pursue new opportunities within the international market”. Deputy head of […]

All3Media America poaches Lifetime’s Lederman

Nina Lederman has joined All3Media’s US operation in the newly-created role of executive VP, scripted programming. Lederman has been at US cable net Lifetime for the past seven years as senior VP, scripted programming and development. Her credits there include the channel’s breakout hit UnReal. She also worked on upcoming Omen-inspired series Damien. At All3Media […]

Bavaria poaches Tandem exec for int’l push

Bavaria Fernsehproduktion has poached Moritz Polter from Tandem, and the new recruit will lead an international expansion effort at the German producer. Bavaria Fernsehproduktion is a subsidiary of Bavaria Film and ZDF Enterprises, and one of Germany’s most longstanding and largest production groups. Moritz takes the newly-created role of executive producer, international television series, at […]

Starz to follow White Queen with White Princess

Starz has greenlit The White Princess, a follow-up to its successful War of the Roses period drama The White Queen (pictured). Like its forbear, The White Princess will be based on a Philippa Gregory novel set in the Tudor period, and be produced by All3Media backed producer Company Pictures. The White Queen writer Emma Frost […]

McCumber rises as NBCU rejigs entertainment

NBCUniversal is shaking up its entertainment networks division, with USA Networks president Chris McCumber heading up a new-look unit. McCumber will be president of NBCU Entertainment Networks, a group comprising USA, Syfy, Chiller and Cloo. Syfy president Dave Howe is being moved to a new post as president, strategy and commercial growth at NBCU Cable […]

Amazon preps first German original

Amazon Prime Instant Video has ordered its first original German drama. Wanted will star movie actor Matthias Schweighöfer, and debut on the SVOD platform in 2017. E-commerce giant Amazon described the commission as a “milestone”, while also noting Schweighöfer would make his directorial debut on the show. Schweighöfer’s Pantaleon Entertainment, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Warner […]

Ron Howard’s Imagine receives investment

Empire coproducer Imagine Entertainment has received “a significant investment” from global merchant bank The Raine Group. This will allow LA-based producer Imagine, which Ron Howard and Brain Grazer lead, to move into branded content and digital formats. The money may also be used to finance “organic growth opportunities” and “potential acquisitions”. “With Raine’s investment, Imagine […]

US SVOD service lands Oz drama, Brit comedy

Acorn TV has picked up Australian legal drama Janet King: The Enemy Within and UK comedy Very British Problems for its US streaming service. Acorn, which is owned by Agatha Christie company RLJ, programmes its service with drama and docs from international markets. Janet King, which is produced by Screentime and distributed by DCD Media, […]

Turner, Canal Digital ink channels, on-demand deal

Nordic pay TV platform Canal Digital has agreed a new carriage deal for Turner’s channels. The deal gives Canal Digital continued carriage of the CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network and Boomerang channels. The new agreement also covers a swathe of archive and fresh content from the Turner channels that the pay TV platform can make available […]

NBCUniversal launches on-demand mini-novelas

NBCU is launching two shortform telenovelas on its Xfinity X1 streaming and interactive service. The telenovela is notable for its 120 episode or longer format, but Las Princesas and Off Script will run to 20 and twelve instalments of three minutes respectively. The shows will be in Spanish and English, targeting bilingual and bicultural viewers […]