20th Television

FX expands Ryan Murphy’s ‘American Story’ franchise, with new spin-offs & renewals

Disney-owned US pay-TV channel FX is expanding Ryan Murphy’s ‘American Story’ franchise, with orders for two new spin-off anthology shows, as well as renewals for existing titles. Murphy has struck an expansive deal to create and produce the new shows, which will, like other series in the franchise, be produced by 20th Television. The first, […]

Hulu orders ‘Tell Me Lies’ adaptation from 20th TV & Vice’s Refinery 29

Disney’s US streamer Hulu has picked up the adaptation of Carola Lovering’s novel Tell Me Lies, which has Grace Van Patten attached to star. The show, which will use the same title as the novel, is being produced by Disney-owned 20th Television and Vice’s US prodco Refinery29. The story follows a young couple who meet at […]

‘Empire’ creator Lee Daniels extends pact with Disney’s 20th TV

Empire co-creator Lee Daniels has extended his overall deal with Disney’s 20th Television. The agreement will see Daniels and his banner Lee Daniels Entertainment continue to create and develop IP for the Mouse House division. He is currently working on a reboot of The Wonder Years for Disney-owned ABC, as well as being attached to […]

Fox orders ballet drama ‘The Big Leap’, inspired by UK docuseries

US broadcaster Fox has ordered a drama that has been inspired by Big Ballet, a UK show that aired on Channel 4 in the UK seven years ago. The Big Leap is described as “a big-hearted, rowdy dramedy” that tracks a group of diverse, down-on-their-luck characters attempting to change their lives by participating in a potentially life-ruining […]

Scripted round-up: Netflix buys Israel’s ‘Blackspace’; Hulu reboots ‘How I Met Your Mother’; Ovation adds ‘Frankie Drake’

Netflix buys Israel’s Blackspace Netflix has picked up rights around the world to Federation Entertainment’s Israeli drama Blackspace. The 8 x 60-minute psychological thriller is set in an Israeli high school and has been written by Anat Gafni and Sahar Shavit, with Drama Team and Federation producing for local network Reshet 13. It has now been acquired […]

Disney’s FX to end ‘Pose’ after upcoming third season

Disney’s US cablenet FX is bringing down the curtain on award-winning drama Pose, with its previously announced third season now set to be its last. The show, which was co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, has previously sold to broadcasters including the BBC and will start its final seven-episode third run on […]

20th Television names Nissa Diederich as EVP production; Jim Sharp to exit

Disney has promoted Nissa Diederich to EVP of production for 20th Television, following the division’s recent consolidation with Touchstone Television. Diederich most recently served as EVP of production for Touchstone Television, but will now oversee production for the combined studio operation, taking on the responsibilities of current 20th TV incumbent Jim Sharp, who is to […]

Disney raids US streamer Hulu & ABC for Star’s initial content offering

Disney has unveiled some of the first titles to launch on its new Star branded streaming offering next month, including the first two so-called originals – ABC thriller Big Sky and Hulu’s romantic comedy Love, Victor – which will be shown internationally for the first time. Big Sky comes from Big Little Lies creator David E. […]