A+E plots scripted pact with Harlequin

A+E Networks has created a creative partnership with book publisher Harlequin. This will see the pair co-create original scripted movies, web series, books and digital content for international audiences. US cable group A+E will play the resulting content on its channels and through its channel partners worldwide. HarperCollins Publishers-owned Harlequin is a female-focused company, which […]

Zodiak Rights takes buyers to Wolf Creek

Zodiak Rights is taking Australian SVOD horror Wolf Creek to Cannes next week. The 6x60mins show, from Screentime and for on-demand service Stan, toplines the Banijay Group-owned distributor’s scripted slate. The show has a built-in marketing buzz from the successful 2005 movie of the same name. It is the first original for Stan, the Australian […]

First int’l remake of NBCU’s House

House M.D., the US medical procedural about a grumpy but brilliant doctor, is being remade internationally for the first time. Russia Television and Radio has commissioned a 40x44mins version after a deal with distributor NBCUniversal International Formats. The deal is particularly notable as popular American procedurals are seldom remade elsewhere. Production commences in April, with […]

Castle team coming to Cannes with Studiocanal

Castle creator Andrew W. Marlowe and executive producer Terri Edda Miller (pictured) are heading to the Croisette to market their new detective series. The pair will be in town with distributor Studiocanal, whose subsidiary, Tandem Productions, is coproducing new series Take Two. Marlowe and Miller are behind Castle, the ABC crime drama that has run […]

Federation opens The Bureau ahead of MIP

Federation Entertainment has sold Canal+ spy drama The Bureau to a raft of broadcasters before taking the series to Cannes next week. Belgium’s VRT, Sweden’s SVT and Portugal’s RTP have all picked up the first and second season of the drama series. Kiwi channel Rialto has also bought both seasons on the show. In Germany, […]

Sky buys US drama Colony

Sky’s latest US drama acquisition is Colony, the futuristic drama from Lost co-creator Carlton Cuse. Cuse created the show with Ryan Condal (Hercules). Set in the near future, it follows a family struggling to survive in a Los Angeles that has been occupied by a mysterious military force. Legendary, the independent US studio recently acquired […]

Series Mania to showcase 16 projects

Sixteen projects, ranging from historical dramas to procedural thrillers, have been selected for presentation at the upcoming Series Mania Festival. Series Mania parent Forum des Images reported a record 200 entries from 33 territories for the Co-Production Forum pitch, which will take place in Paris, France on April 19-21. “After our ‘call for projects’ went […]

Amazon, HBO go Into the Badlands

Amazon Prime in Germany and HBO Europe are among buyers of AMC martial drama Into the Badlands, which has now been licensed into 260 territories. HBO Europe’s deal covers Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, while Viacom International Media Networks has acquired rights in Italy. TV2 is also a buyer in Norway, while Universum Film has […]

Grace and Frankie studio raises $700m

Skydance Media, the US film and television studio behind series such as Grace and Frankie and upcoming Altered Carbon, has raised US$700 million in funding. This will be used to finance ongoing business in Skydance’s studio units, as well as acquisitions and productions coming from its Skydance International arm. The firm’s TV arm, Skydance Television, […]

Sonar makes interim chief’s role permanent

US producer Sonar Entertainment has appointed interim CEO Thomas Lesinski to the chief executive role on a permanent basis. In September 2015, Lesinski (pictured) was placed in the CEO role after the exit of Gene Stein, who went on to join rival LA producer Gaumont Television. It is the latest CEO change for Sonar under […]