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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 […]

UKTV buys into Secrets and Lies

UK multichannel operator UKTV has acquired ABC Studios mystery drama Secrets and Lies. The 10x60mins series is based on an Australian drama of the same name, and is currently moving towards its second season in the US after season one averaged 8.1 million total viewers. UKTV signed the show from distributor Disney UK and Ireland […]

Agent Carter joins Fox UK

Fox International Channels UK has acquired rights to Disney superhero Marvel’s Agent Carter for the local Fox channel. The 8x60mins series, which is inspired by Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger, is sold by Disney Media Distribution, and launched at last year’s LA Screenings. On the back of this year’s event, Fox UK has acquired […]

LA Screenings 2015: Puppet masters

Muppets, medics and movie characters will be filling US network schedules over the next year. Jesse Whittock examines the trends, and what this means for buyers at the LA Screenings Over the next US broadcast season, audiences will finally learn the backstory of the Muppets. They will also be introduced to the latest contenders vying […]

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 […]

Netflix UK buys ABC fantasy drama

Netflix has acquired rights for ABC fantasy drama One Upon a Time for the UK and Ireland. The Disney Media Distribution-sold show previously went out in the UK on Channel 5, but the broadcaster did not tale the third season, and Netflix has instead swooped for the first three seasons and the fourth. New episodes […]

CBS plants Criminal Minds spin-off in series

CBS is turning to its trusted backdoor pilot process to test another spin-off series, this time for procedural drama Criminal Minds (pictured). The pilot will be part of Criminal Minds’s latest season, and come in the shape of an episode written by original show showrunner and executive producer Erica Messing. It will follow a separate […]