Banijay hires Endemol Shine pair in Finland rejig

Banijay Group is merging its Finnish assets with those of Zodiak Media, splitting its scripted and unscripted divisions, and hiring a pair of Endemol Shine execs in the process. The move sees Endemol Shine Finland creative directors Tatu Ferchen and Alex Laszlo named CEO and chief creative officer, respectively, with both also named executive producers. […]

TVP joins Globo’s international original

Argentinian pubcaster TVP has come on board Supermax, the original drama Brazil’s TV Globo is making for the international market. Globo announced the series at NATPE, and it marks the Brazilian giant’s first wholly-original Spanish-language effort. Daniel Burman, the Argentine filmmaker behind the Spanish version, has written the series, which Globo will sell internationally. TVP […]

Wolf Hall prodco taking The Widow to TV

Playground picked up rights to several book properties that it will seek to adapt for TV, including Fiona Barton’s psychological thriller The Widow. The prodco, which made hit BBC period drama Wolf Hall, has also snapped up rights to non-fiction book Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories, a real-life account of a barrister’s life. Louise Pedersen, managing […]

Soderbergh: “My plan right now is TV”

Steven Soderbergh is a producer, director and writer best known for movies including Sex, Lies and Videotape, Ocean’s 11 and Magic Mike. In recent years he has moved into TV, with Cinemax series The Knick, and now a major film-to-TV project, The Girlfriend Experience, which Starz launches on Sunday (April 10), with Riley Keough playing […]

First Arab drama launches on iTunes

Arab TV and film content is on iTunes for the first time after Arab Telemedia added a raft of content to Apple’s online store. Jordan-based producer and distributor Arab Telemedia has added 44 series and features to the iTunes Store The company said it decided to launch the content on iTunes in the wake of […]

Hulu takes US streaming rights to Book of Negroes

Hulu has taken exclusive US rights to Canadian miniseries The Book of Negroes. The deal means the six-part series, which comes from author Lawrence Hill and follows a slave who survives against the odds during the American Revolution and around the world. The series took huge ratings on BET in the US on cable and […]

Red Arrow invests in Skogland’s Mad Rabbit

Red Arrow Entertainment’s latest strategic play is investing in a new production company led by Canadian director and showrunner Kari Skogland. The international production arm of ProSiebenSat.1 Media has team with Skogland and industry veteran Peter Sussman to create Mad Rabbit Entertainment, a joint venture that will be based in Toronto and LA. The company […]

Fraud drama revealed after Panama papers

A thriller drama about high stakes money laundering is the first fruit of Zodiak Rights’ development partnership with UK indie Arise Pictures. Billed as Casino Royale meets Wall Street, The Cleaners’ creation comes as the explosive revelations of the leaked ‘Panama papers’, which have implicated thousands of people for using companies to avoid paying taxes […]

Pivot, BBCWW visit BBC One’s Capital

Buyers from the UK, Canada and Australasia have acquired BBC One drama Capital from FremantleMedia International. Participant Media-owned Pivot took the US rights, with Shaw buying them in Canada and BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm, taking them in Australia and New Zealand. Capital comes from writer Peter Bowker and producer Kudos, and is based […]

Acorn buys presale of BBC’s Secret Agent

The US’s Acorn has prebought BBC drama The Secret Agent from UK-based distributor Content Television. RLJ Entertainment-owned Acorn has picked up all television, digital and home entertainment rights to the 4x45mins series, which comes from Line of Duty producer World Productions. The show will debut later this year on BBC One in the UK before […]