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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 […]

Upfronts 2019: The renewals

There’s been a string of series renewals by the big four networks and The CW ahead of and during this week’s Upfronts. Shows earning all-important second seasons include NBC’s New Amsterdam; ABC’s A Million Little Things, Schooled, Single Parents, The Conners and The Rookie; CBS’s God Friended Me, Magnum P.I. and The Neighborhood; and The […]

ABC readies Blanchett-fronted ‘Stateless’ immigration drama

Cate Blanchett is to star in Stateless,  a six-part drama about the Australian immigration system that she has co-created for Australian broadcaster ABC. Co-created by Blanchett, Tony Ayres and Elise McCredie, the series centres on four strangers in an immigration detention centre in the Australian desert: an airline hostess escaping a suburban cult; an Afghan […]

Upfronts 2019: All 35 pick-ups broken down

  This year’s Upfronts have so far yielded 35 series pick-ups across the big four networks and The CW. TBI has broken out the dramas and comedies ordered across ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW, along with the studios and producers attached.  Overall, ABC Studios has 6 pick-ups, while 20th Century Fox Television has 8 bringing […]

Writer’s Room: Comedy is personal – Sarah Scheller

I have been fortunate enough to write two series of The Letdown, a very personal, narrative comedy about modern-day parenting. I have co-written every episode with my work partner, Alison Bell, from early blue-skying, to methodically breaking down stories to physically writing the dialogue. We do it all together. We also work in a program […]

Michelle Guthrie to receive additional $516k pay out from ABC

Michelle Guthrie, the dismissed managing director of Australian broadcaster ABC, has received an additional US$516,000 (A$730,000) from the network after she was granted $580,640 as termination payment last year. After the initial pay out, Guthrie had stated that she would sue for more money as she built a case for an alleged unfair dismissal. David […]

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