Dare Pictures hires 59%’s Cassandra Johnson-Bekoe to head scripted development

UK indie Dare Pictures has appointed 59% exec Cassandra Johnson-Bekoe to the newly created position of head of scripted development. Reporting to Dare Pictures founder & CEO Derren Lawford, writer, producer and script editor Johnson-Bekoe steps into the role with immediate effect in which she will focus on developing the company’s scripted slate. She will […]

Fifth Season-backed The Story Collective invests in UK scripted firms Artis Pictures & Maia Pictures

Fifth Season-backed UK prodco The Story Collective has invested in Kate Croft’s scripted firm Artis Pictures and ex-Channel 4 commissioner Rachel Springett’s Maia Pictures. The Story Collective will provide strategic, commercial, and operational support, as well as development funding, to both companies, with the investment coming as the firm ramps up production on its first […]

Exclusive: Swedish prodco Swixer promotes Helen Spokojny to head of production

Swixer, the Swedish production services company that has credits on shows including Normal People and Earthshot, has promoted Helen Spokojny to head of production. Spokojny is a TV producer with experience working across a range of genres, including documentary and reality formats, and news content. She also brings a knowledge of commercial, corporate and advertising […]

Prime Video cancels Canadian detective drama ‘Three Pines’

Amazon Prime Video has cancelled Left Bank Pictures’ detective drama series Three Pines after one season. The cancellation comes just over three months since the 8 x 60-minute series made its December 2022 debut on the streaming service in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Greenland. The show […]

SkyShowtime acquires ‘Mentiras Pasajeras’ & ‘Las Invisibles’ for Spain & Portugal

European streamer SkyShowtime has acquired two new original series – Mentiras Pasajeras and Las Invisibles – for Spain and Portugal. Both shows will be available to stream later in the year. Produced by Paramount and El Deseo, Mentiras Pasajeras (aka Fleeting Lies), will premiere at Series Mania on 20 March. Starring Hugo Silva and Elena Anaya, 8 x 30-minute […]

Greece’s Ant1+ orders disability dramedy from Antenna Studios

Greece’s Ant1+ has ordered On All Fours, an original dramedy from in-house Antenna Studios, which aims to challenge preconceptions around disability. Launching on Ant1+ later this week, the 8 x 35-minute series follows Stella, a fun and rebellious disabled woman, who displays honesty, sarcasm, frustration, and humour, about life in her wheelchair, in equal measure. […]

Fremantle hires WBD kids exec as director of scripted acquisitions

Fremantle has appointed Warner Bros. Discovery kids’ exec Sabina McNally as director of acquisitions for scripted content. McNally joins Fremantle after more than eight years at WarnerMedia, latterly as senior acquisitions manager for kids EMEA since January 2021 and through the company’s merger with Discovery. Prior to that, she spent more than six years at […]

Hulu & Peacock to share ‘New Girl’ after Netflix license expires

US comedy series New Girl is moving streaming homes next month, leaving Netflix after a decade to land on both Hulu and Peacock in a shared agreement between the two services. The streamers are both picking up all 146 episodes of the sitcom, which was produced by Chernin Entertainment in association with 20th Television, and […]

Netflix scoops six Oscars with wins for ‘Pinocchio’ & ‘All Quiet On The Western Front’

Netflix has scored major wins at the 95th annual Academy Awards, with the streamer walking away with six golden statuettes across factual, animation and scripted titles. German wartime feature All Quiet On The Western Front, which made its streaming debut on Netflix in October, scooped four Oscars in total, for international feature film, music (original […]

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