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ITV Studios hires USA & ABC execs for scripted

ITV Studios America (ITVSA) has hired USA Networks’ Jed Valdecantos and ABC Studios’ Jim Dietle. Valdecantos has been named VP of scripted TV development, while Dietle become VP of business and legal affairs. ITVSA, the LA-based scripted arm of UK broadcaster ITV’s production wing, ITV Studios, has been building out its team. It recently hired […]

Downward Dog needs new home after ABC end

The makers of Downward Dog are searching for new owners of the US network comedy after broadcaster ABC decided to cancel it. Samm Hodges and Michael Killen on Friday released a statement via Twitter that revealed the “surprising news” ABC was not moving forwards on the show due to financial reasons. This comes after the […]

ABC Oz lands ABC Studios Int’l’s first series

US broadcaster ABC’s London-based international arm has landed its first series, a crime drama for Australian pubcaster the ABC. Disney-owned ABC Studios International is working with Australian drama and digital firm Hoodlum Entertainment (Secrets & Lies), the ABC and Screen Queensland on Harrow. ABC’s former group head of casting, Keli Lee (pictured), has been running […]

Traditional US networks top Europe demand

Demand for programming from broadcasters is outweighing cable and SVOD players in Europe, exclusive new stats show. Data from Parrot Analytics shows original programming from CBS, Fox and ABC was higher than that of HBO, AMC and Netflix in Europe in 2016. Parrot provided TBI with the exclusive data as MIPTV gets underway today in […]

Afrostream bags French first-run rights to Black-ish

French-language SVOD service Afrostream has secured exclusive first-run rights in France for ABC Studios’ show Black-ish. Season one of Black-ish will be available to Afrostream subscribers in France from January 1, with the second and third seasons set to be available soon afterwards. The Emmy Award-nominated show is centred around a modern, upper middle class […]

E4 acquires US comedy Black-ish

UK terrestrial Channel 4 has acquired ABC comedy Black-ish, and will premiere it on its youth-skewed digital channel, E4. Black-ish has been a ratings and critical success for ABC, and is currently in its second season on US broadcast television. The series follows Anthony Anderson and his African-American family, who try to balance their upper […]

Netflix elects Designated Survivor

Netflix has acquired international rights to new season ABC political drama Designated Survivor. The deal was first mooted at the LA Screenings, where producer and distributor Entertainment One Television debuted it to global buyers. A Netflix rep today confirmed a deal had been struck to bring it to all of the territories in which the streaming […]

ABC ends relationship with Mistresses

US broadcaster ABC has cancelled female-skewed drama Mistresses after four seasons. The soapy summer season scripted series will not return for a fifth run following a lower fourth season ratings. It has sold internationally to likes of TLC in the UK, where it was a launch title in 2013. Mistresses is a coproduction of Good […]

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 […]

Apple to format Corden’s Carpool Karaoke

Apple has acquired exclusive rights to James Corden format Carpool Karaoke, as the tech giant pushes further into original programming. The new series will debut on the Apple Music platform after Apple reached an agreement with CBS Studios International, the US distributor that began shopping the format after its success as a skit on The […]