ABC Australia orders prequel season for outback crime drama ‘Mystery Road’

Australia’s ABC has commissioned a third season of crime drama series Mystery Road, which will return as a prequel, delving into the early career of the show’s protagonist Detective Jay Swan. Mystery Road: Origin is being produced by Bunya Productions for a 2022 debut on ABC, with production investment from Screen Australia and Screen NSW […]

Ireland’s Shinawil hires NBC alum Chuck LaBella for US expansion

Shinawil, the Irish prodco behind local versions of MasterChef, The Apprentice and The Voice, has hired a former NBC exec as part of its expansion in the US. Chuck LaBella joins as an LA-based executive producer with a remit to package new shows with US-based talent and build partnerships with production companies and networks. LaBella […]

Warner Bros. TV hires ABC veteran Vicki Dummer to lead current programming

Warner Bros. Television (WBTV) has appointed veteran ABC Entertainment exec Vicki Dummer to lead its current programming, with a remit over scripted series for services including HBO Max and third party broadcasters. Dummer becomes EVP & head of current programming at the US studio and reports into WBTV Group chairman Channing Dungey, who joined from […]

Netflix raids ABC for comedy director & orders live-action ‘Pokémon’ series

Netflix has snagged another ABC Signature exec, hiring the Disney-owned studios’ director of comedy development, Amanda Barclay, as director of original comedy series. Her appointment comes on the heels of news that the streamer has appointed veteran ABC Studios/ABC Signature exec Lisa Lang McMullen as director of drama development. Barclay is taking over from Robert […]

ABC drama boss Brian Morewitz exits after 15 years

Brian Morewitz, SVP and head of drama development at Disney-owned ABC in the US, is departing after more than 15 years with the company. The exec first joined ABC in November 2004 as VP of drama development and in that role worked on shows such as Castle, Nashville and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Morewitz took […]

ABC Signature names CJENM exec to work on drama development

Disney-owned production division ABC Signature has hired an exec from South Korea’s CJENM to work across its scripted development. Jiwon Park becomes VP of drama development and will work across the studio’s output for all platforms, according to US reports. She was most recently VP of series development at the Korean firm’s US-based office, CJ […]

ABC Oz orders surfing drama from Fremantle

ABC in Australia has ordered a drama backed by Fremantle that explores the hedonistic world of surfing in the 1970s and the cutthroat culture of big business. Barons follows a group of brave but crazy 20-something friends as they attempt to find the perfect wave, but in the end create billion dollar companies. It is being […]

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