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Lagardère Studios shops Belgian dramas

Lagardère Studios Distribution has signed a worldwide rights deal with Flemish prodco deMENSEN for a pair of dramas. The French sales house will sell Beau Sejour and Brothers United – deMENSEN’s first drama efforts – around the world (except in Flemish-speaking Belgium and the Netherlands). The 10x52mins noir thriller Beau Sejour comes from deMENSEN with […]

CanalSat launch for Sundance in France

The international Sundance Channel will launch on the Canalsat platform France this week. Sundance Channel Global will launch tomorrow (February 9) and have indie films, and original dramas from the US AMC and Sundance cable nets including The Walking Dead (top) and Rectify (below right). On CanalSat it will be in the pay TV operator’s […]

Disney Channel goes Backstage with DHX

Disney Channel has acquired rights to DHX Media’s original live action performing arts drama Backstage. The Walt Disney Company-owned network has taken rights in the US, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Nordics, Benelux, Germany, central and eastern Europe, Turkey, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Backstage comes from Canadian producer Fresh TV […]

Earley emerges at Berman’s Jackal

Former Fox Television Group COO Joe Earley has reunited with producer Gail Berman by becoming president of The Jackal Group. Earley exited Fox last year, a move that came after 21 years of service at Rupert Murdoch’s media group, and as the TV broadcast division merged with the Hollywood studio. At Jackal, Earley will report […]

Show of the week: The Night Manager

The first television series to adapt a John Le Carré novel in a quarter-century is set for screens around the world. Stewart Clarke reports John le Carré is one of the world’s best-selling novelists, and his classics Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Smiley’s People and a Perfect Spy have all been adapted for TV. There has […]

Kudos cofounder launches drama indie

Stephen Garrett has launched Character Seven, a new UK-based scripted indie, and the new prodco is working on a supernatural drama for Hulu in the US. Garrett is well known in drama circles and with Jane Featherstone cofounded Kudos, the scripted producer that counts Broadchurch, Spooks and Life on Mars among its many drama credits. He […]

Showtime ups Christie to COO

Long-serving Showtime Networks distribution president Tom Christie has been promoted to COO. Christie has been with the CBS Corp.-owned premium US channel for a quarter of a century, most recently as president, distribution, business development and network operations. His promotion comes soon after Showtime president David Nevins replaced another long-serving veteran, Matt Blank, as CEO. […]

Acorn launches on Apple

Acorn TV, the US OTT service that is programmed with UK and international drama, has launched Apple and Android apps and is now on Apple TV. Acorn, which is run by Agatha Christie content company RLJ, launching on Apple TV service means UK drama fans in the US can now download the new app and […]

Orphan Black studio restructures as Boat Rocker

Canada’s Temple Street Productions has created a parent unit that will house an expanded group of content, rights and ventures companies. Boat Rocker Media’s creation comes after Fairfax Financial acquired Orphan Black coproducer Temple Street last year. It will be based in Toronto, with offices in New York and LA. Consolidated in the parent firm are […]

US rubber-stamps Legendary-Wanda deal

US regulatory authorities have approved the deal that will see Legendary Entertainment pass into Dalian Wanda’s hands, marking the first time a US studio has come under Chinese control. China-based Dalian Wanda’s US$3.5 billion deal to buy the Hollywood studio has got the greenlight from the US Department of Commerce less than a month after […]