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Apple TV+ orders Hurricane Katrina drama from Disney’s ABC Signature

Apple TV+ has ordered a drama from John Ridley (American Crime, 12 Years A Slave) and Carlton Cuse (Jack Ryan, Lost) that explores the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Karina in New Orleans. Five Days At Memorial is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink, who will exec […]

Disney’s ABC Signature hires Starz originals exec to lead drama development

Disney-owned ABC has appointed Starz exec Susan Lewis as head of drama development at its newly formed ABC Signature production arm. She replaces Patrick Maguire, who had been with ABC owner Disney for almost two decades. He had been promoted in 2018 to become SVP of drama development at ABC Studios, which which was merged […]

HBO Euro nets, BBCWW recruit Guerrilla

HBO services in the Nordics, Spain and Central and Eastern Europe have bought upcoming drama Guerrilla. HBO Nordic, HBO España, HBO Europe and BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand have acquired the Sky and Showtime series. BBCWW ANZ will put the show out on the BBC First network. Endemol Shine International sells the series, which […]

Moran takes president role at ABC Studios

Patrick Moran’s rise at ABC Studios has culminated in an official promotion to president of the Disney-ABC Television Group production arm. Ben Sherwood has upped Moran (pictured) to president of ABC Studios following the latter’s work overseeing broadcast series including Scandal, Criminal Minds, How to Get Away with Murder, Quantico and American Crime. He is also […]

Hulu orders Marvel pilot

US streaming service has ordered a Marvel Television pilot based on a comic book series about six teenagers who unite against their evil parents. The SVOD service has order a pilot of Marvel’s Runaways, which is a coproduction between two Walt Disney Company production companies – Marvel TV and ABC Signature. Further to that Disney, […]

SMILF, Mating pilots attract Showtime

US premium cable channel Showtime has ordered a pair of racy comedy pilots. The greenlights of SMILF and Mating (WT) were among a number of announcements that came from the network’s TCA tour event yesterday. SMILF is based on Frankie Shaw’s semi-autobiographical short film of the same name and comes from Showtime and ABC Signature, […]

Elba, Ridley lead major Sky drama investment

Sky has commissioned six dramas that feature talent including Idris Elba, John Ridley, Julia Stiles, Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks, in a major move underlining the European satcaster’s clout in the high-end originals space. Namely, the shows are Guerilla, Tin Star, Delicious, Riviera, Jamestown and The Last Dragonslayer. Actor Elba (Luther, The Wire) will co-star in […]

ABC revives Muppets, okays Rhimes drama

ABC kicked off the 2015-16 Upfronts week by ordering six dramas and three comedies, including a Muppets revival. The network also renewed 22 primetime series, and cancelled four others. The Muppets show is being billed as an aged-up documentary-style series in which the puppet characters’ lives are explored in detail. The comedy comes from Bill […]