Amazon buys Red Rock soap opera

Amazon has picked up US rights to Red Rock, the soap opera that plays on Ireland’s TV3. The show has launched on the Prime Instant Video streaming service in the US. Red Rock follows two feuding families – the The Kielys and the Hennessys – and life in a fictional Irish coastal town. It was launched […]

BBC drama firsts for India

Indian digital services Hungama and Vuclip have bought drama packages from BBC Worldwide, which will pave the way for War and Peace and Doctor Foster in the country. Digital channel Hungama has bought a selection of Worldwide’s scripted shows including thriller Prey and comedy drama Not Safe for Work. It has also snagged sci-fi comedy […]

StudioCanal buys into Cumberbatch indie, Bambu

French production and distribution group Studiocanal has strengthened its TV assets by taking minority shares into three Europe-based indies, including Benedict Cumberbatch’s new indie. The group, which intends to raise its revenues from television from 13% of overall sales to 25% in the two or three years term, has taken 33% of Bambù Producciones in […]

Superheroic acts

Ahead of another season of fresh US studio dramas, Jesse Whittock investigates the role superhero programming will play as different forms of the genre proliferate on channels and platforms around the world “Nearly every major network in the US has a superhero show,” observes one senior European acquisitions executive. Recent broadcast seasons in the US […]

Universal Channel takes Second Chance

Universal Channel in the UK has acquired rights to new Howard Gordon series Second Chance. The deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution gives the NBCUniversal International Networks-owned pay TV network local rights to the eleven-part series. Second Chance comes from Rand Ravich (Life) and Gordon (Homeland, 24) and stars Rob Kazinsky as a man […]

Walter Presents adds Keshet scripted pair

The UK’s only foreign-language-focused VOD platform, Walter Presents, has bought two scripted series from Keshet International. The Baker and the Beauty and Milk & Honey will both launch on the service later this year following the agreement. Walter Presents is co-owned by Global Series Network and broadcaster Channel 4, and offered to viewers free through […]

Ovation takes exclusive US rights to Versailles

US arts network Ovation TV has acquired exclusive local rights to French period drama Versailles. The Canal+ original drama, which was shot in English, will premiere on Ovation on October 1. This comes after it closed a deal with Banijay Group’s sales arm, Zodiak Rights, whose sister firm Zodiak Fiction coproduced the series with France’s […]

Show of the week: The Collection

The Collection is on-trend, with big-ticket period dramas such as Versailles, War and Peace and Deutschland 83 remaining in vogue. This upcoming eight-parter is literally in fashion: it tells the story of an illustrious design house emerging from a re-energised Paris in the immediate aftermath of World War II. Murderland scribe Kate Croft has a […]

MIPTV: Federation gets The Break

Federation Entertainment has snagged the rights to Belgian drama series The Break. The independent French producer and distributor will sell the show internationally excluding Belgium and France where the series producer, Ella Prods, retains the rights. The ten-part show was commissioned by Belgian broadcaster RTBF. The series follows an investigation into the death of a […]

MIPTV: Netflix buys ITV crime drama

Netflix has scooped global rights to Marcella, the upcoming ITV drama from The Bridge writer Hans Rosenfeld. The series, which was filmed in London, follows a troubled detective (Anna Friel) investigating a serial killer. It is produced by Cineflix and Tony Wood’s UK prodco Buccaneer. Cineflix’s distribution arm sells the show globally and struck the […]