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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 […]

Supergirl flies to CW as Agent Carter crashes

The US networks are well underway in building their next generation of scripted shows, with CBS moving Supergirl to The CW and ABC cancelling a number of shows, including Marvel’s Agent Carter. Almost every network has made early pick-ups in the past few days, with Supergirl moving channels amid flagging ratings on CBS among the […]

Lucy Lumsden forms prodco with ABC deal

Former Sky and BBC comedy chief Lucy Lumsden has formed her own indie, Yellow Door Productions, and struck a deal with ABC Studios in the US. The agreement with ABC Studios gives it a non-exclusive first look at Yellow Door’s output. Comedy exec Lumsden announced her exit from Sky last September after a six-year stint […]

ABC creates Quantico VR experience

US broadcast network ABC has launched its first scripted VR experience. This tied in with the midseason premiere of freshman drama Quantico, which stars Priyanka Chopra as a trainee US government agent who’s accused of masterminding a terrorist attack on New York City. The VR experience, created in partnership with car firm Lexus, launched yesterday […]

ABC casting chief gets global programmes role

ABC Entertainment Group’s casting chief, Keli Lee, has been named managing director, international content and talent. She will relocate to London from the Walt Disney Company-owned US broadcast group’s Burbank, California base following the promotion to the programming post. In the role, she will work closely with ABC Studios executive VP Patrick Moran and EVP, […]

ABC shuts Wicked City doors

ABC’s serial killer drama Wicked City has become the first casualty of the new US broadcast season. The anthology drama has run to just three episodes, all of which have rated very poorly. Production through to episode eight is scheduled, though whether these programmes will go to air is unclear, with the show hooked from […]

ProSiebenSat.1 nabs ‘important’ Disney content deal

ProSiebenSat.1 and The Walt Disney Company have agreed a significant multi-year agreement that gives the former new US series and movies for its free, pay and SVOD channels. The deal is a coup for German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, with Disney’s output previously going out in the territory through former local partner RTL. The master-licence agreement includes […]

ABC orders Spanish drama remake from NMV

New Media Vision has sealed a deal with ABC Studios, which will make a pilot of Motivos Personales, the Spanish drama that NMV represents internationally. UK-based content company New Media Vision, which is run by former Viasat and Disney exec Todd Lituchy. The hour-long thriller was originally created by Carlos Vila and Javier Holgado for […]