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BBC poaches Channel 4 drama chief

Channel 4’s drama chief Piers Wenger is leaving the UK broadcaster to join the territory’s pubcaster, the BBC. Wenger (pictured) has beaten off competition to land the role of controller, BBC drama commissioning, which is th most high-profile position in British sciripted television. He begins this autumn. In turn, Channel 4 has promoted deputy head […]

Amazon accrues Girlfriend Experience

Amazon Prime Video has acquired Starz drama The Girlfriend Experience. The deal covers the UK, Germany, Austria and Japan, with the series debuting yesterday in the first three and the latter later this year. The Girlfriend Experience follows Riley Keough as a law student who becomes drawn into the world of escorting and transactional relationships. […]

ProSiebenSat.1 copros chief exiting

The senior VP of international coproduction and documentaries is exiting the German broadcast group in July. During his tenure Koby Gal-Raday expanded ProSieben’s international coproduction activities in scripted and factual, greenlighting a number of projects. He joined the firm in October 2014, and went on to initiate a worldwide open call for scripted series pitches, […]

Fox scoops UK Wolf Creek as Outcast goes big

Fox UK has bought Wolf Creek, the Australian series based on the eponymous horror movie series. The deal hands Fox the UK rights to the six-part series, and the pay TV channel will launch it on August 30, in a 10pm slot. Wolf Creek is distributed by Zodiak Rights, which struck the deal. It follows […]

German miniseries Ku’damm 56 continues

Following strong ratings and international sales, German period miniseries Ku’damm 56 will continue in a new guise. Ku’damm 59 (WT) will keep the same cast and continue to follow the life of Caterina Schöllack and her three daughters in a restrictive 1950s Germany. FremantleMedia-owned UFA will again produce for pubcaster ZDF, with the latter’s commercial […]

AMC to feel Terror in Europe, Lat Am

AMC Global has acquired rights to upcoming anthology drama The Terror, which the pay TV’s channel’s US counterpart is producing. The day-and-date deal with distributor AMC Studios means AMC Global’s channels will broadcast the ten-episode drama within minutes of the US broadcast in 2017. The series, set in 1847, follows a Royal Navy crew caught […]

YouTube orders first SVOD drama original

YouTube has ordered a series adaptation of the Step Up movie for its Red service, marking its move into SVOD original drama series. Lionsgate made the movie and will produce the Step Up series. Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Meredith Milton, producers of the original films, will exec produce the series, along with Channing Tatum […]

eOne, Endemol Shine execs to run Blumhouse TV

US producer Blumhouse Productions is building out its TV arm by hiring heavy hitters Jeremy Gold and Marci Wiseman as divisional co-presidents. The pair come in above Jessica Rhoades, who built The Jinx prodco’s television division, who will be executive VP, head of programming and development going forwards. Gold was previously executive VP of Kingdom […]

Sky, Bavaria prepare €25m Das Boot drama

Sky’s German arm is working on an €25 million (US$28.4 million) 8x60mins TV version of the influential movie Das Boot. The project, Das Boot – the Series, is being billed as a sequel to the 1981 movie, picking up on events that occur in the film, and has German producer Bavaria Film attached to produce. […]

HBO discards Vinyl

US cable channel HBO has cancelled high profile music drama Vinyl, going back on plans to run a second season. The cancellation marks significant failure for Time Warner-owned HBO, and may be seen as new programming chief Casey Bloys putting his stamp on the network by distancing himself from it. The much anticipated series, which had […]