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 […]

Legendary hires Netflix alum to oversee TV expansion plans

US-based Legendary TV has hired former Netflix exec Jennifer Breslow to oversee its expansion plans. Breslow becomes EVP of TV & digital at Legendary TV and will report into Legendary’s head of TV, Chris Albrecht. She has been director of content for international original series at Netflix since 2016, where she worked on shows including […]

ABC acquires BBC Studios wildlife comedy format

US network ABC has picked up a new one-hour unscripted natural world comedy series, based on the BBC Studios format Walk On The Wild Side. The series, with the working title of When Nature Calls, is produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm, with Ryan O’Dowd and K.P. Anderson attached to executive produce. The […]

ABC orders US remake of Australian drama ‘Total Control’ with Universal & Keshet Studios

ABC in the US has ordered a pilot based on Australian drama Total Control, with NBCUniversal-owned Universal Television and Keshet Studios attached. The remake, known as Dark Horse, is being written by William Jehu Garroutte and has Jessica Goldberg (The Path) attached as showrunner. Universal TV and Disney’s ABC Signature produce in association with Keshet Studios, whose parent Keshet International […]

Disney ups ABC unscripted veteran Rob Mills to lead alternative division

Disney has promoted long-serving unscripted exec Rob Mills to oversee its recently formed alternative programming division. Mills, who was previously SVP of alternative at ABC Entertainment, now becomes EVP of unscripted & alternative entertainment and will lead the freshly minted production division, Walt Disney Television Alternative. His remit will include developing unscripted shows for the […]

Disney seals ‘unprecedented’ SVOD deal with Peacock & Hulu for ‘Modern Family’

Disney has struck a deal in the US that will see its streaming service Hulu sharing rights to hit comedy series Modern Family with NBCUniversal’s Peacock. Hulu and Peacock subscribers will be able to stream all 11 seasons of the show from 3 February, as part of the multi-year agreement with Disney Media and Entertainment […]

Orders round-up: Crackle readies BIPOC interview series; ABC to remake ‘Pooch Perfect’; Amazon seeks NHL ‘All Or Nothing’

Crackle readies BIPOC interview series US streamer Crackle has ordered a new original series highlighting some of the world’s greatest BIPOC artists, from actors and directors to producers, writers and musicians. Produced by Chicken Soup For The Soul Entertainment-owned Landmark Studio Group, the 10 x 60-minute Inside The Black Box was created by acting coach […]

Disney raids US streamer Hulu & ABC for Star’s initial content offering

Disney has unveiled some of the first titles to launch on its new Star branded streaming offering next month, including the first two so-called originals – ABC thriller Big Sky and Hulu’s romantic comedy Love, Victor – which will be shown internationally for the first time. Big Sky comes from Big Little Lies creator David E. […]

News round-up: eOne goes global with ‘The Newsreader’; Cosmos-Maya deals; ViacomCBS links with Morena

eOne takes The Newsreader global Entertainment One (eOne) has acquired international distribution rights to The Newsreader, the one-hour drama series set to air on the ABC in Australia. The six-part show, which has recently started filming in Melbourne, is from Werner Film Productions and is produced by Joanna Werner (Clickbait, Secret City) with creator Michael Lucas. […]