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RTÉ, Acorn partner with ZDFE and TV2 Norway on dramedy

Irish pubcaster RTÉ and AMC Networks-backed Acorn Media Enterprises (AME) have partnered to commission a comedy-drama series that also has Germany’s ZDF Enterprises and TV2 Norway onboard. The South Westerlies is from Dublin-based Deadpan Pictures and is set in a small coastal town in the south-west of Ireland that is earmarked for a Norwegian-owned wind […]

Acorn, Sky NZ co-commission New Zealand thriller ‘The Sounds’

Acorn Media Enterprises and Sky NZ have teamed to commission local thriller The Sounds. The eight-part psychological thriller is produced by All3Media-owned New Zealand prodco South Pacific Pictures and Toronto’s Shaftesbury in association with Canadian public broadcaster CBC. Set against the backdrop of New Zealand’s South Island and the Marlborough Sounds, The Sounds follows couple […]

RTÉ, Acorn partner on Victorian drama ‘Dead Still’

Irish broadcaster RTÉ and Acorn Media Enterprises (AME) have co-commissioned Victorian mystery Dead Still. The project is the latest drama venture for AME, the UK-based development division for AMC-backed SVOD service Acorn TV, which is owned by RLJ Entertainment. Together, Acorn TV with AME have commissioned a number of series, including series two and three […]

Acorn TV joins Virgin Media thriller

Acorn Media Enterprises has inked a copro deal with All3Media International, Company Pictures and Element for Blood, a thriller commissioned by Virgin Media Television (VMT). Under the deal, Blood will make its North American debut on RLJ Entertainment-owned SVoD Acorn TV as an Acorn TV Original in the US and Canada. Acorn will also coproduce the […]

RLJ hires UKTV exec as MD of Acorn Media

RLJ Entertainment has hired UKTV exec Catherine Mackin as the managing director of Acorn Media Enterprises (AME). Mackin will oversee Acorn TV’s growing commissioning and co-production slate. She will start this month and is based in RLJ’s UK office in London. The new exec replaces Shane Murphy, who is returning to Dublin as group head […]

Shane Murphy appointed head of drama and comedy RTÉ

RTÉ has appointed Shane Murphy as group head of drama and comedy. The Dublin native joins from Acorn Media Enterprises where he has been MD since 2015, leading the commissioning, development and co-production of series including Agatha Raisin. Prior to that, he worked with companies such as Fremantle Media Enterprises, Tiger Aspect Productions and Agatha Christie Ltd.  […]

Acorn Media to develop first Benny Hill biopic

Acorn Media Enterprises (AME), the UK-based development division for Acorn TV, has partnered with Free@Last TV to develop the first ever scripted biopic of iconic comedian Benny Hill. The series is in development as a 2×90 minute/4×45 minute title with Caleb Ranson (Midsomer Murders) writing the series. It will follow Hill’s life from the mid-1930s […]

Acorn orders first straight-to-series UK drama

North American streaming service Acorn TV has ordered its first straight-to-series drama from the UK. Writer Paul Marquess (Suspects) has been created and written original drama London Kills. Two seasons of 5x60mins will be shot back to back in London, with RLJ Entertainment-owned Acorn Media Enterprises coproducing with Marquess’ PGMTV. Acorn Media International will sell […]

SVOD net Acorn coproducing comedy original with ABC

Subscription VOD service Acorn TV is pushing deeper into original programming through the coproduction of a family comedy with Australian pubcaster the ABC. Acorn TV parent Acorn Media Enterprises, ABC, Jungle Entertainment and Screen Australia are coproducing Sando in association with Create NSW. Filming recently finished on the six-part show, which stars Sacha Horler (The […]

Acorn is Keeping Faith with BBC, S4C drama

Acorn Media Enterprises (AME) has become a coproducer on BBC Wales and S4C thriller drama Keeping Faith. France-based distributor About Premium Content (APC) has brokered an agreement to bring Acorn on board for all rights in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In Wales, the dual-language series will be known as Un Bore Mercher […]