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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 […]

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 […]