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Marcy Ross steps down at ‘Jack Ryan’ producer Skydance Television

Jack Ryan producer Skydance Television is looking for a new chief after incumbent Marcy Ross revealed she would be stepping down. Ross, who was president at the US producer’s television arm, helped to launch Skydance’s TV interests in 2013. The company’s output now includes Netflix drama Altered Carbon and Apple TV+ show Foundation, as well […]

BBC, Amazon order Big Talk comedy from Stephen Merchant, Elgin James

BBC One in the UK and Amazon Studios have linked up on a new six-part comedy from The Office and Lip Sync Battle co-creator Stephen Merchant. The Offenders (working title) is from writer and director Merchant and Elgin James, co-creator of Mayans M.C., and is being produced by ITV Studios-backed Big Talk Productions. Merchant’s prodco […]

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, ‘Chernobyl’, ‘Succession’ win at Golden Globes

Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge and The Crown actor Olivia Colman were among the stand-out winners at the Golden Globes last night, alongside dramas including Succession and Chernobyl. Waller-Bridge, who struck an overall deal with Amazon in September, was named Best Actress in a TV Series for her role in Fleabag at the 77th edition of […]

Amazon Studios strikes first-look deal with Orlando Bloom

Amazon Studios has struck a first-look deal with Carnival Row and Lord Of The Rings star Orlando Bloom. The arrangement will see Bloom working with Amazon Studios to create television and film projects that will launch exclusively on its Prime Video service across the world. Bloom currently stars alongside Cara Delevingne in Amazon original Carnival […]

Amazon reels in YouTubers for French scripted/unscripted hybrid

Amazon has signed up a raft of YouTube talent for its latest French original that has been described as a “unique format at the crossroads of scripted and unscripted TV”. True Story is a six-part show that will be hosted by six French YouTubers, with Warner Bros International Television Production France producing alongside Talent Web/Webedia. […]

Disney+ downloads exceed 15 million, sending shares to record high

Disney+ has been downloaded more than 15 million times and generated $5m via in-app purchases since its launch less than two weeks ago, according to new research. The data, provided by US research outfit Apptopia, helped power shares in the Mouse House to an all-time high of $151.64 on Tuesday, although Disney+ growth has not […]

John Battsek: SVOD-backed sports films allow “human” portrayals of athletes like Andy Murray

Andy Murray: Resurfacing producer John Battsek has praised the SVOD-fuelled wave of sports documentaries for allowing for more “human” portrayals of athletes. The Oscar-winning doc producer behind the likes of Searching For Sugar Man and The Imposter tells TBI that sports films are increasingly “about story and the human level of the story”, as demonstrated […]

BT eyes Disney+ for “super aggregation”-focused TV service

UK telco BT is courting the Mouse House around plans to bring fledgling streaming platform Disney+ to its TV service. According to The Sunday Times, the business is in talks to launch Disney+ on BT TV, which already offers customers Netflix and Amazon. A senior figure with knowledge of the deal tells TBI that a […]

Amazon extends animated series ‘Undone’, strikes overall deal with co-creator

Amazon has extended its adult animated series Undone into a second season and secured an overall deal with the show’s co-creator. The dramedy debuted earlier this year on the streaming service and follows a woman who finds herself able to travel through time, following a near-death car accident. She then uses her abilities to explore […]

A+E Int’l moves into Spanish-language drama with ‘Hernán’

A+E Networks International has acquired global distribution rights to Hernán, the scripted series that is set to debut on Amazon in Latin America later this month. The show, jointly produced by Spain’s Onza Entertainment and Mexico’s Dopamine, stars Óscar Jaenada as 16th century conquistador and explorer Hernán Cortés, and chronicles how he explored the Americas […]

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