Appian Way

eOne backs Brad Weston prodco

Transatlantic producer-distributor Entertainment One and Comcast-owned Universal have put their weight behind a new content creation company from New Regency CEO Brad Weston. Culver City-based Makeready will aim at developing and producing original films and TV series for premium cable, OTT and emerging platforms worldwide. eOne, which has an option to acquire 100% of the […]

News brief: DiCaprio making mob drama for Showtime

Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio is working on a new mafia series for US premium cable net Showtime. The star’s prodco Appian Way, is developing the series, which will be set in 1980s New York. DiCaprio will exec produce alongside Brett Johnson and Bryan Zuriff, who join from another Showtime series, Ray Donovan. Appian is increasingly working on small-screen […]

Blue chip to new chip: natural history with bite

Stewart Clarke speaks to commissioners, producers, distributors and digital pioneers about their efforts to reimagine the natural history genre. Alastair Fothergill is the embodiment of blue-chip, making landmark series for the BBC and films for Disney Nature, but he is now seeking to reinvent the genre, out of necessity as much as anything. “When I […]

Netflix deal monitor: 2015 so far

Streaming service Netflix may be losing market share to Amazon in the US, but has started 2015 with a bang, acquiring numerous series and movies and continuing its rapid international roll out. As new research shows the SVOD player spends more on content than the BBC, HBO and Discovery, TBI takes a look at the […]

Leonardo DiCaprio inks doc deal with Netflix

Leonardo DiCaprio has struck a deal to make original environmental and conservation docs for Netflix. The Hollywood star’s prodco, Appian Way, will produce the upcoming series under the terms of a first-look deal with the SVOD service. DiCaprio will produce and exec produce the resulting docs. He has previously worked with Netflix on Virunga, the […]

Netflix confirms DiCaprio doc deal

Netflix has confirmed it has picked up exclusive rights to Virunga, the feature doc that follows rangers in the in the titular national park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo as they battle against poachers. Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has also joined the doc as an exec producer. TBI first reported in July that Netflix […]