Acquisitions


Nat Geo orders string of drama & factual titles

National Geographic has announced a string of new titles across its channels including a Ridley Scott drama and a double factual order from the UK’s Plimsoll Productions. The Hot Zone, is a scripted series based on Richard Preston’s best selling book about the Ebola Virus, which will be executive produced by Ridley Scott. Lynda Obst […]

Channel 5 & eOne team for two titles

Entertainment One has reached a licensing deal with the UK’s Channel 5 for the female-driven detective series The Detail and Kiefer Sutherland-led drama Designated Survivor (right). The Detail is a ten-episode ensemble drama that centers around three fiercely talented female homicide investigators. Angela Griffin (Brief Encounters), Shenae Grimes-Beech (90210) and Wendy Crawson (Saving Hope) will […]

EbonyLife and Sony seal scripted series pact

EbonyLife Ltd, owners of Africa’s Global Black TV Network and Sony Pictures Television (SPT), are co-developing three new scripted TV projects with SPT set to distribute internationally. The three-project deal, the first of its kind between SPT and a Nigerian production company, will include a TV series inspired by the Dahomey Warriors, an all-female army […]

Playground to adapt The Mermaid & Mrs Hancock

UK and US-based producer Playground has gained film and TV rights for Imogen Hermes Gowar’s best-selling novel The Mermaid & Mrs Hancock. The book, which was published earlier this year to rave reviews, is set in 1785 London and tells the story of Jonah Hancock, a prosperous merchant and widower, whose Captain returns having exchanged […]

Syfy UK lands premiere rights for Disney trio

NBCUniversal International Networks’ Syfy UK has acquired exclusive UK premiere rights to three new dramas from Disney UK & Ireland. This spring, Syfy will premiere Marvel’s Runaways, supernatural thriller Siren and sci-fi crime drama Stitchers. Runaways will premiere on 18 April, with Siren following in May and Stitchers later this year. Marvel’s title tells the […]

Epix among nets going Deep State with Fox

MGM-owned cable channel Epix has bagged exclusive US rights to Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa’s first original drama, Deep State. The show’s distributor, Fox Networks Group Content Distribution, has also shopped the series to SBS in Australia, NBCUniversal in France, Super Channel in Canada, TVNZ in New Zealand and DR in Denmark. For Epix, […]

Amazon welcomes ABC’s American Idol back to the UK

Amazon Prime Video UK has secured exclusive rights to ABC’s rebooted American Idol. The UK is one of 150 territories that the format has been sold to via FremantleMedia International. Other territories include Canada, Australia, Latin America, Africa and more. The series recently returned to US screens on ABC after Fox dropped it in 2016. […]

Red Arrow hires ex-Sky Vision acquisitions head

Red Arrow Studios International has appointed former Sky Vision acquisitions head Alex Fraser to the new position of senior VP of acquisitions. Fraser will be based in London and is responsible for driving international acquisitions and distribution deals across all genres, and developing new programming opportunities globally. The exec will also manage Red Arrow’s London […]

SVOD net Acorn cops British comedy No Offence

RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn TV has acquired exclusive digital rights in North America for the first two seasons of crime comedy-drama No Offence from Paul Abbot (Shameless) and a host of ITV shows. The eight-part first series will make its exclusive US debut on April 16. No Offence is a comedy police procedural series, produced by […]

Endemol Shine International boss Cathy Payne in profile

Cathy Payne was the first winner of the Content Innovation Awards’ Content Leader of the Year award in October last year. The Endemol Shine International CEO tells Jesse Whittock about her philosophy towards selling programming in the modern era and how distribution is getting creative. Cathy Payne’s career has been on an upward trajectory for […]