Armando Iannucci

Sky, HBO renew Iannucci’s ‘Avenue 5’

Sky and HBO have renewed Armando Iannucci’s Avenue 5 for a second season. Created and executive produced by Iannucci, Avenue 5 stars Hugh Laurie and is co-produced by Sky and HBO. It kicked off its first nine-episode run in January. Avenue 5 is set forty years in the future when travelling the solar system is […]

HBO greenlights Iannucci’s space comedy ‘Avenue 5’

HBO has given a series order to Armando Iannucci’s space comedy pilot Avenue 5, starring Hugh Laurie, Josh Gad, Zach Woods and Nikki Amuka-Bird. Avenue 5 was given a pilot order by HBO last September and was filmed in London. Described as a space tourism comedy, Avenue 5 is set 40 years in the future […]

Veep to step down from HBO

US premium cable network HBO is ending political sitcom Veep after seven seasons. The series has been a solid performer for the Time Warner-owned channel since it launched in 2012. British comedy writer and producer Armando Iannucci developed it as a US adaptation of The Thick of It, the BBC comedy that ran between in […]

HBO renews Veep and Silicon Valley

They may not get huge ratings, but HBO’s Veep and Silicon Valley are regarded as two of the best scripted series on TV right now, so it’s no real surprise that the premium pay TV channel has decided to reward them with new seasons. Veep, created by Armando Iannucci, has been given a seventh season […]

BBC eyes int’l SVOD expansion, keeps UKTV stake

BBC Worldwide will look at expanding new American SVOD service BBC Extra into new territories, and will not be forced to sell its £500 million (US$723 million) stake in UKTV, a government White Paper published has revealed this morning. The BBC’s commercial arm has been considering “the best way to monetise its content abroad”, and […]

Iannucci launches spirited BBC defence

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION FESTIVAL: Comedy writer Armando Iannucci used his keynote lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival to vehemently defend UK pubcaster the BBC from its detractors. The BBC has come under fire over its purpose and financial spend, with the British Conservative government recently confirming the pubcaster would foot the licence fee bill […]

News brief: Veep returns for third run on HBO

US premium cable channel HBO has ordered a third season of its politics-themed scripted comedy Veep. The new 10-part season will launch in 2014, again starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld) as hapless US Vice President Selina Meyer. The second season launched last month. Veep was inspeired by BBC political comedy The Thick of It, which has […]

Blinkbox launching HBO series Veep

Online video service Blinkbox has inked a deal with HBO and will make comedy series Veep available on a download-to-own basis from next month. The UK deal means that Blinkbox will be the only place in the territory where the show can be bought and downloaded to own. The eight-part comedy series debuted on HBO […]