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ABC boards “Ultimate Surfer” from Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media

ABC in the US has picked up an eight-part competition series that will attempt to find the world’s best surfer. Ultimate Surfer will gather some of the sport’s best up-and-coming stars to train and live together as they compete in a series of challenges to test their expertise. Each week, one male and one female […]

Former ABC Ent exec Jamila Hunter lands at Freeform

Former ABC Entertainment exec Jamila Hunter is joining Freeform as SVP of current series and alternative programming. In her new role, Hunter will oversee unscripted and alternative content as well as scripted programming across the network’s current slate of shows. She is expected to start in early 2020, reporting into Lauren Corrao, EVP of original […]

ABC orders Studio Lambert, Richard Bacon gameshow ‘The Hustler’

US broadcaster ABC has made an eight-episode order for a new gameshow series from All3Media-backed Studio Lambert that has been created by UK radio host Richard Bacon. The Hustler will be hosted by ABC alum Craig Ferguson and follows five contestants as they collaborate to answer a series of trivia questions, with the goal of […]

Acorn TV licenses slate of ABC content for Oz, New Zealand offering

Acorn TV has licensed a slate of content from Australian public broadcaster ABC for its local platforms. The AMC Networks-owned streamer, which recently hit the one-million subscriber mark, has picked up the slate for its growing Australian and New Zealand offering. The deal includes Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries starring Essie Davis (The Babadook); ABC drama Jack Irish starring […]

ABC boss: broadcast shows “endure” over churn-heavy SVODs

ABC Entertainment boss Karey Burke has defended broadcast television’s unique ability to market and support new programming, drawing a direct comparison to churn-heavy streaming platforms.  Speaking at her first summer TCA presentation since taking the reins at ABC from Channing Dungey in the autumn, Burke said network TV can “move culture at a scale no […]

ABC in Oz greenlights nuclear testing drama ‘Fallout’

Australian public broadcaster the ABC has ordered a 1950s-set drama that explores the true story of British nuclear testing in the country’s outback. Fallout (working title) is being written and directed by Australian filmmaker Peter Duncan (Rake), with Porchlight Films’ Vincent Sheehan (The Kettering Incident) producing alongside Tanya Phegan, who co-created the series with Duncan. […]

ABC pulls plug on ‘How To Get Away With Murder’

Shonda Rhimes’ hit drama How To Get Away With Murder is coming to an end after six series as Netflix plans to roll out the first shows from the powerhouse producer.  The forthcoming 15-episode run of the Emmy-winning crime soap, which debuted in 2014, will conclude US broadcaster ABC’s popular ‘Thank God It’s Thursday’ (TGIT) primetime […]

‘Letdown’ creators prep ‘Goodwood’ with ABC, ABC Studios Int’l

The creators of ABC/Netflix co-production The Letdown are developing best-selling novel Goodwood with Endemol Shine Banks for Australian broadcaster ABC and ABC Studios International — the global production arm of the US broadcaster.  Written by Alison Bell and Sarah Scheller, Goodwood will be based on Holly Throsby’s debut novel, and will mark the duo’s own debut in hour-long drama. The […]

TBI Weekly: US studios brace for tough questions from global buyers

As major US studios prepare to reveal their new scripted wares to international buyers, there is an atmosphere of confusion and disorganisation in Los Angeles as the terms of trade hang in the balance.  It may still be May but June gloom has descended upon many international execs at this year’s LA Screenings, which is […]

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