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NBC reveals Netflix ‘ratings’

NBC has revealed what it claims to be viewing numbers for key Netflix series. The US broadcast net hosted a press lunch at the Television Critics Association tour that it dubbed a ‘reality check’ of the current TV landscape. Using data from tech firm Symphony Advanced Media, which in turn used a 15,000 sample of 18-to-49s, […]

Channel 4, Netflix team for drama

UK broadcaster Channel 4 and US-based Netflix are joining forces on Kiss Me First, a new youth-skewed drama series. The show will debut on Channel 4’s youth-focused channel E4, and go out on Netflix’s streaming services outside the UK. A mix of live-action, animation, and CGI, the series is an adaptation of the Lottie Moggach […]

Televisa USA preps epic Aztecs series

The US division of Televisa is working up Aztecs, an English-language series adaptation of Daniel Peters’ acclaimed book The Luck of Huemac. Writer and showrunner Michael Chernuchin (Black Sails) will oversee the project and Televisa will team with indie prodco Atalaya Productions on the project. Mexican media giant Televisa is the largest producer of Spanish-language […]

Turkey’s D-Smart strikes Fox deal

Turkey’s D-Smart has inked a movie output deal with Twentieth Century Fox, taking the US studio’s films for its pay TV platform. The deal between Fox and Dogan-owned D-Smart has already kicked in and gives the pay TV operator exclusive rights to all Fox movies, as well as numerous catalogue titles. Upcoming Fox titles on […]

Amazon greenlights Jim Jarmusch movie

Amazon’s latest foray into original feature films will be Paterson from Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Broken Flowers, Down By Law). The film will have a theatrical release later this year and also launch on the Prime Instant Video streaming service, aping the model pioneered by Netflix with Beasts of No […]

Showtime takes Jim Carrey drama to series

US premium channel Showtime has taken Jim Carrey’s stand-up-themed scripted drama I’m Dying Up Here to series. The one-hour drama, which is set in the celebrated LA stand-up circuit of the 1970s, had previously been ordered as a pilot. The show follows up and coming comedians who are mentored by a brassy but nurturing club […]

Room, Ex Machina prodco hires for int’l push

New York-based film and TV distributor A24 has hired an executive to runs its international business. Sasha Lloyd, a media-focused executive formerly of investment bank Goldman Sachs, has joined the firm and will work out of its East Coast head office. A24 is behind films such as 2015’s Room and Ex Machina, NBC comedy The […]

TV’s Big Questions: is the golden age of TV drama over?

We asked the industry whether the drama golden age had hit its peak and it’s safe to say, received varying opinions, from “no, it’s just getting started” from Amazon UK’s film and TV strategy director Chris Bird, to Barcroft Media founder Sam Barcroft’s unequivocal: “Yes, it is over.” For others, the golden age continues but […]

Deutschland 83 is UK’s highest-rated foreign drama

German drama Deutschland 83 has become the UK’s highest-rated foreign-language drama of all time. Launching on Channel 4 the series took 1.49 million viewers, consolidated to 2.5 million. This puts it ahead of French drama Les Revenants (The Returned), also on Channel 4, which previously held the record with 2.2 million. Deutschland 83 is also […]

Hincks to exit Endemol Shine

Endemol Shine Group’s president, Tim Hincks, has decided to leave the mega-indie. This ends a 17-year association with Endemol Shine and its predecessor, Endemol. Hincks was effectively named as Endemol Shine’s number two upon its creation at the beginning of last year, with Sophie Turner Laing installed as CEO. However, he will leave the company […]