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Starz repositions channels

Starz has repositioned its channels line-up and brought all of its offering under the Starz brand. The US cable net operator has been exploring sale and M&A options and has now rejigged its channels line-up with all services now carrying the Starz ‘master brand’. The Encore channels are now rebadged under a Starz Encore umbrella. […]

Hitler, Marcella head to Cannes with Cineflix

Cineflix Rights is launching ITV serial killer drama Marcella at MIPTV and a new doc about Hitler. Marcella, which is written The Bridge scribe Hans Rosenfeldt, follows police detective Marcella Backland (Anna Friel), investigating a series of killings that bear a resemblance to a series of unsolved murders from a decade before. Cineflix Rights is selling […]

Eccho reveals Black Heart

Scandinavia-based Eccho Rights’ latest Turkish drama for the international market is Aka Film’s series for Show TV, Black Heart. The scripted programme follows a brother seeking justice for the cold-blooded murder of his journalist sister, who was close to exposing a powerful media tycoon as a corrupt gangster. The brother exploits a young orphan girl […]

NHK fantasy series gets 4K MIPTV screening

The TV adaptation of fantasy novel Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit will get a 4K screening at MIPTV next month. The series, from Japanese pubcaster NHK, has been three years in the making. Set in an imaginary land at a time in which the spirit and human worlds become intertwined, it follows the adventures of […]

Sky, ex-DNI boss buy into Sugar Films

European paycaster Sky and former Discovery Networks International CEO and president Mark Hollinger have bought stakes in UK production outfit Sugar Films. It is the first major industry news regarding Hollinger since he left Discovery’s international arm more than two years ago. He will become Sugar’s chairman as part of his investment into the company. […]

Federation taking buyers to Bordertown

Pascal Breton’s production and distribution group Federation Entertainment will give new Scandi crime drama Bordertown its international launch at MIPTV. Federation produces the Finnish cop drama alongside Finnish prodco Fisher King for Finnish pubcaster YLE. The series is still in production, but there will be footage for buyers and it has been selected as one of […]

Endemol Shine launching Fox’s Turkish drama

Endemol Shine International is launching buzzy Turkish drama Intersection at MIPTV, and the three leads will be in Cannes to promote the show and attend a screening. The series played on the Fox TV channel in Turkey (entitled Kordugum), where it has been hailed as a new kind of action-telenovela. Set in Istanbul, the 13x1hr series […]

Amazon snags Doctor Who rights

Amazon has bagged exclusive US streaming rights to Doctor Who, the iconic UK sci-fi series. In terms of streaming in the US, Netflix and Hulu has carried current and older episodes of Doctor Who but those deals ran out earlier this year meaning there had been no legitimate streaming option for fans for several weeks. […]

Lionsgate, Joel Silver developing transgender drama

Lionsgate and Joel Silver’s prodco are developing New People, a family drama about a transgender girl and her family. Independent US studio and movie producer Silver’s Silver Pictures Television confirmed they had a script/development deal and were working up the series for US cable net Freeform (fka ABC Family). The series is based upon the […]

Australian sci-fi web drama heads to TV

Australian-produced a sci-fi web drama Airlock has been repurposed and will run as a TV movie on the Australian Syfy channel. The series stars Mark Coles Smith (Last Cab to Darwin) as a security officer investigating events after a derelict spaceship docks with an isolated space station, revealing a dead crew and a band of […]