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Commission round-up: ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ creators reunite for Hulu comedy; CBS summons ‘Ghosts’; Discovery+ enters ‘The Great Soul Food Cook-Off’

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ creators reunite for Hulu comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creators Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna are teaming back up for a new comedy series in development at Hulu. The series, Badass (And Her Sister), will see Bloom play a spy who tires of her exciting and dangerous life and goes to live with her […]

ABC Signature comedy boss Melanie Frankel exiting studio

Melanie Frankel is exiting ABC Signature, where she has served as head of comedy for the past two years. Her departure is said to be amicable, with the exec deciding to leave before the end of her contract. Disney Television Studios-owned ABC Signature is now searching for a new head of comedy, with Frankel remaining […]

Disney+ embarks on ‘Beauty And The Beast’ prequel adventure

Disney+ has commissioned an eight-episode limited musical prequel series to its 2017 live-action feature film Beauty And The Beast. The series, which has the working title of Beauty And The Beast, hails from Disney Branded Television and ABC Signature and will see Josh Gad and Luke Evans reprise their movie roles as LeFou and Gaston. […]

ABC Signature names CJENM exec to work on drama development

Disney-owned production division ABC Signature has hired an exec from South Korea’s CJENM to work across its scripted development. Jiwon Park becomes VP of drama development and will work across the studio’s output for all platforms, according to US reports. She was most recently VP of series development at the Korean firm’s US-based office, CJ […]

ABC orders US remake of Australian drama ‘Total Control’ with Universal & Keshet Studios

ABC in the US has ordered a pilot based on Australian drama Total Control, with NBCUniversal-owned Universal Television and Keshet Studios attached. The remake, known as Dark Horse, is being written by William Jehu Garroutte and has Jessica Goldberg (The Path) attached as showrunner. Universal TV and Disney’s ABC Signature produce in association with Keshet Studios, whose parent Keshet International […]

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 […]