ABC creates Quantico VR experience

US broadcast network ABC has launched its first scripted VR experience. This tied in with the midseason premiere of freshman drama Quantico, which stars Priyanka Chopra as a trainee US government agent who’s accused of masterminding a terrorist attack on New York City. The VR experience, created in partnership with car firm Lexus, launched yesterday […]

Netflix plays House of Cards in France, NZ

Netflix is to reportedly air the fourth season of its flagship drama House of Cards in France, taking the show back from pay TV rival Canal+, which has held the rights to the previous three seasons. The move will be a blow for Canal+, which has until now positioned itself as the exclusive distributor of leading […]

All3, Endemol Shine among 30 PactUS sign-ups

All3Media America and Endemol Shine North America are among 30 TV producers that have signed up to indies association PactUS as initial members. The 30 companies include All3 America and its family of prodcos – namely Bentley Productions, Bogner Content, Commonwealth Unscripted, Company Pictures, ID-TV, Lime, Lion Television USA, Maverick, MME Moviement, North One Television, […]

Two true-crime dramas for BBC

The BBC has ordered Murdered by My Father, and a new season of Murder for BBC Two, bolstering the UK pubcaster’s line-up of dramas based on real-life crimes. In the walk of Making a Murderer, The Jinx and The People v. O.J Simpson in-depth examinations of true crimes are a popular genre for broadcasters and […]

Playground developing refugee crisis drama

Drama producer Playground Entertainment has secured rights to The New Odyssey – The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis, which comes from journalist Patrick Kingsley. Transatlantic prodco Playground is developing the property into a “major new TV series” through its UK office after signing an option deal with Guardian News and Media. Kingsley was in 2015 […]

Legendary finds Parent as Rosenblum exits

Legendary Entertainment has brought in producer Mary Parent to run its film and TV operations, as television and digital chief Bruce Rosenblum exits. Parent has been named vice-chair, worldwide production at the US studio, which was recently acquired by China’s Dalian Wanda Group. He hire comes after the exit of Legendary’s president and chief creative […]

Fox locates Last Panthers in Balkans, Bulgaria

Fox Networks Group Bulgaria and Balkans has acquired six-part crime thriller The Last Panthers. The 21st Century Fox-owned broadcaster will air the drama on Fox Crime channels in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia on March 21, and in Bulgaria on April 19. France’s Studiocanal and the UK’s Sky […]

Mediaset VOD net bags Prisoners of War exclusive

Mediaset’s Italian VOD service, Infinity, has bagged exclusive first window rights to Israeli thriller drama Prisoners of War. Distributor Keshet International claims this will be the first time a Hebrew-language show will air in Italy. “We are pleased to be working with Keshet International, to be the first to finally bring this widely critically acclaimed […]

TV4 recruits Finnish Nurses for format

Swedish commercial channel TV4 is to remake Finnish drama Nurses following a deal with distributor Eccho Rights. The resulting series will be TV4’s first medical drama. The commission is for two seasons, with the show known locally at Syrror and launching in the autumn. This comes after Eccho, which represents the Yellow Films & Television-created […]

AMC okays Terror anthology drama

US basic cable net AMC has given the greenlight to The Terror, an anthology series based on a best-selling novel from Dan Simmons. The series, set in 1847, follows a Royal Naval expedition crew searching for the Northwest Passage that is attacked by a mysterious monster and become embroiled in a desperate game of survival. […]