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Fame reboot lands at Lifetime

Female-skewing US cable net Lifetime has greenlit Fame, a contemporary reworking of the popular US series set inside a New York school for performing arts. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Lifetime has landed Fame. MGM, which owns the property, has been speaking about a new version of the series since 2012. Former Idols […]

Texas Rises to 4.1 million

US cable net History’s latest epic miniseries, Texas Rising, garnered 4.1 million viewers for its opening episode. The Western comes from Leslie Greif and the team behind Hatfields and McCoys, and failed to mirror its huge numbers after it set cable TV records in 2012 with over 13 million viewers. However, citing Nielsen, History said […]

History drama explores Knights Templar

US cable channel History and actor Jeremy Renner are developing a scripted series chronicling the events that led to the fall of the Knights Templar in the 14th century. Knightfall is from History sister producer A+E Studios in association with Renner’s prodco The Combine and another US producer, Midnight Radio. The story will follow the […]

TF1, Antena 3 buy Unreal US drama

French commercial free-to-air broadcaster TF1 and its Spanish equivalent Antena 3 have both acquired Unreal, one of the first scripted series out of A+E’s new fledgling drama studio. Based on Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s independent short film Sequin Raz, the series was made by A+E Studios for A+E female-skewed net Lifetime. The drama takes place on the […]

A+E makes dramatic move with Studios

A+E launched A+E Studios just over a year ago to deliver premium scripted programming to its A&E, History and Lifetime brands, and now the company is taking that content international, its executive VP, Sean Cohan, tells Stewart Clarke. When History moved into scripted programming, it immediately hit its stride – The Bible, Vikings and Hatfields […]

A+E, ITV Studios partner for History drama

US cable channel History has commissioned an eight-part period drama that details the rise of the Texas Rangers and their role in the 19th century Texan war of independence with Mexico. History’s A+E Networks sister A+E Studios is coproducing Texas Rising (WT) with ITV Studios America-owned Thinkfactory Media, which was behind History’s first scripted series […]

A+E greenlights first fully-owned scripted series

A+E Networks has commissioned its first fully-financed, produced and controlled scripted series. Un-Real, a “dark comedy [that] gives a behind-the-scenes look at the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition programme”, has been lined up for female-skewed cable channel Lifetime. In-house production arm A+E Studios will fully finance and produce the show, with A+E […]

History, Red Arrow in Halle Berry Hannibal miniseries

US cable channel History has partnered with international producer Red Arrow Entertainment and actress Halle Berry to produce a miniseries based on African general Hannibal. The series, Hannibal (WT), will be coproduced by History’s production cousin A+E Studios and ProSiebenSat.1-owned Red Arrow. Oscar-nominated writer Jeffrey Caine is penning the scripts, with Berry (Monster’s Ball) executive […]

A&E puts Returned remake into development

US cable channel A&E has put a US version of French drama The Returned (Les Revenants) into development with FremantleMedia North America. The original series will be a coproduction between A+E Studios and FMNA in association with France’s Haut et Court TV and will rework the French series from Fabrice Gobert that was also produced […]

History performs Houdini act

A+E Networks-owned History has greenlit another scripted period miniseries, this time calling on Oscar-winner Adrien Brody to play famous escapologist Harry Houdini. Production on the four-hour Houdini begins this fall, and will also star Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) as Houdini’s wife. The mini, which will trace the master magician’s roots in desperate poverty through […]