SVOD rewrites the drama script

In three years Netflix and its SVOD counterparts have turned the TV drama world on its head. Whereas the Holy Grail for a drama producer was once a US network commission, now a global order for Netflix, or an Amazon pilot, is becoming the greatest prize What’s the difference between pitching a drama series to […]

CBS, Showtime get a big Yes in Israel

Israeli pay TV platform Yes has inked a new volume deal with CBS that gives it a range of programming from the studio and from CBS-owned premium cable net Showtime. Yes already had a CBS deal in place, but the new agreement hands it programming including Showtime’s buzzy high-finance drama Billions (left), CBS series Limitless […]

Spanish fiction: dramatic times

With the country’s recession now over, Spanish TV producers are cautiously resuming plans for growth. More international coproductions, greater involvement from pay TV operators in original fiction, and several  overseas adaptations of local drama series are all leading to renewed confidence in Spanish drama production. TBI reports from Madrid The green shoots of recovery are […]

HBO Europe to make Scandi originals

HBO Europe will soon make an original scripted series from Scandinavia, delegates here at the Berlin International Film Festival heard today. Anthony Root, executive VP of original programming and production at the European arm of US premium cabler HBO, said the plan was at a “very, very early stage”, but that it made sense given […]

SVOD data: Jessica Jones tops High Castle

Netflix action drama Marvel’s Jessica Jones is the most in-demand original streamed series in the UK, according to exclusive new data seen by TBI. Netflix programmes took seven of the top ten spots in the findings, which come from US-based Parrot Analytics, whose demand expressions measurement is a tool that uses a variety of sources […]

Berlin: Sony to pepper buyers with Salt pitch

Sony Pictures Television is planning to take action spy thriller Salt to television. Diego Suarez, senior VP of international television production at SPT parent Sony Pictures Entertainment revealed he was pitching a TV adaptation of the 2010 Phillip Noyce movie to potential partners at the European Film Market, which is being held here in Berlin […]

Fremantle deal with Mangan, Lincoln prodco

FremantleMedia International has inked a first-look deal with Slam, the drama indie set up by British actors Stephen Mangan (Episodes), Louise Delamere (No Angels) and Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead). FremantleMedia said it will work with, and support, Slam on its development slate, and then sell its shows internationally. “As soon as we met the […]

Report: Apple starts work on first original

Apple has reportedly started work on its first original TV series, with plans to launch the show through its subscription streaming site, Apple Music. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the six-episode drama series, called Vital Signs, will star rapper, Beats co-founder and Apple executive Dr Dre, and will be “semi-autobiographical”. The dark series is now in […]

StudioCanal staffs up London office

StudioCanal has added to its London-based sales team, poaching execs from All3Media, Shine Endemol Group and FremantleMedia and promoting others within that office. Beatriz Campos (left) has joined from Endemol Shine International and taken a vice president of sales role, while Elise Woolfe is sales manager at the Canal+ owned distributor, joining from All3Media. Both […]

Sky snags Coogan comedy The Trip

Sky has ordered a third season of The Trip in a move that will see the comedy series transition from the BBC to Sky Atlantic. The move means the series will go from free to pay TV in the UK following the route taken by another Steve Coogan series, with the new Alan Partridge show, […]