News round-up: Apple suspends talent deals; RTÉ orders ‘2 Johnnies’ comedy; ABC cans ‘The Wonder Years’

Apple suspends talent deals Apple has become the latest firm to suspend high-profile first look and overall deals as the US writers and actors strikes continue. The company’s pacts with Adam McKay’s Hyperobject Industries and Natalie Portman’s MountainA are among those to have been suspended, though other, non-writing agreements, such as with Martin Scorsese, whose […]

Hulu takes Australia’s ‘Crazy Fun Park’ into US following ACTF deal

US streamer Hulu has picked up Australian comedy-horror series Crazy Fun Park, which debuted on the ABC in January. The show, which becomes available on the Disney-owned streamer from 1 October, tells the story of two best friends, one of whom is killed at an abandoned theme park. The other friend then discovers that his […]

Disney+ series ‘Ms Marvel’ to make network debut on ABC

Disney+ superhero series Ms Marvel is to become the first of the streamer’s Marvel Studios shows to make its broadcast TV debut, heading to ABC next month. Originally streaming on Disney+ in June and July 2022, the six-part series will be broadcast in two three-episode blocks on 5 August and 12 August on the Disney-owned […]

Australia’s ABC installs Netflix & Stan execs to lead scripted, factual

The ABC in Australia has added former Netflix and Stan execs to oversee its scripted and factual output. Rachel Okine was most recently commissioning editor at Stan and will join the ABC in September, taking the newly created head of scripted role and overseeing all drama and comedy. She previously worked at StudioCanal and more […]

Korea’s KBS faces ‘existential crisis’, warns BBC, ZDF, France TV & CBC

South Korea’s KBS faces an “existential crisis” if proposals to change its funding mechanism move ahead, according to some of the world’s biggest public broadcasters including the UK’s BBC, CBC in Canada, ZDF in Germany and France Télévisions. Around half of KBS’s revenue comes from the licence fee, which is funded via a levy on […]

Entertainment One to shop Australian true crime docuseries ‘The Black Hand’

Entertainment One (eOne) has secured the international distribution rights (excluding Australia and Scandinavia) to true crime docuseries The Black Hand.  Originally produced by Wildbear Entertainment for ABC in Australia, the three-part series follows actor Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) as he unravels an era of extortion, arson, kidnap, mayhem and murder by The Black Hand, […]

ABC lines up new and returning comedy & unscripted for fall schedule

US network ABC has moved forward with a US remake of French-Belgian dramedy HIP (High Intellectual Potential), as well as a new The Bachelor spin-off series, and renewed a slew of comedy and unscripted shows for its fall schedule. High Potential, from ABC Signature, is based on the La Une, RTS Un and TF1 series, known […]

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