Big Light Productions

English-language drama replaced by local originals as demand ramps up

English-language drama is increasingly being replaced by local-language scripted series as demand for domestic content soars, according to a panel here at NEM Dubrovnik. The growing importance of scripted originals was outlined in successive sessions, with RTL Hungary’s deputy CEO & director of programming Peter Kolosi outlining how his company is now looking to produce […]

Podcast round-up: Big Light partners with Audible & Vespucci for crime slate; Cream Productions launches podcast division

Big Light partners with Audible & Vespucci for crime slate London-and-Paris-based indie Big Light Productions has ventured into podcast production for the first time, partnering with audiobook and podcast service Audible and multimedia incubator Vespucci to develop and produce a series of scripted and unscripted AudibleOriginal crime podcasts. The podcasts will either cover or be inspired […]

Amazon Prime Video takes ‘Leonardo’ UK & Ireland rights

Amazon Prime Video has taken exclusive UK and Ireland rights to Leonardo, a new drama based on the life of Leonardo da Vinci. The eight-part series was created by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, The Man In The High Castle) and Steve Thompson (Sherlock, Doctor Who), with Dan Percival (Death Comes to Pemberley) and Alexis Sweet […]

Games Workshop hires ex-Hasbro exec Finn Arnesen in ‘Warhammer’ content push

Games Workshop, creators of the Warhammer franchise, has hired former Hasbro Studios exec Finn Arnesen as it looks to develop live-action and animated content around the brand. Arnesen has been appointed to the newly created role of head of entertainment development at Games Workshop, the UK-based miniature wargame manufacturer and retail business, which is best-known […]

‘Medici’ producer Big Light hires Chris Sutherland as COO

London and Paris-based indie Big Light Productions has appointed Chris Sutherland as its new chief operating officer. Sutherland will take up the role at Big Light, which is behind dramas such as Rai 1 and Netflix’s Medici and Amazon Prime Video’s The Man In The High Castle, on 1 September and report directly to founder […]

Former BBC exec Maggie Boden joins Ink Factory creative team

Maggie Boden has been hired as director of development for the London and LA-based indie prodco The Ink Factory. Boden, who was formerly development producer for BBC Drama Studios and Big Light Productions, will be based out of the London office and report to The Ink Factory’s recently appointed creative director Katherine Butler. She also […]

‘Leonardo’ creator Frank Spotnitz urges creative freedom and co-operation

Leonardo creator Frank Spotnitz has said the formation of European commissioning club The Alliance is a sign that broadcasters understand the threat they face from streamers and has urged them to offer more freedom to creatives. Spotnitz, who co-created and exec produced Ransom for CBS, is behind The Alliance’s big budget drama Leonardo, which stars […]

Sony Pictures Television joins The Alliance’s Leonardo Da Vinci drama

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has partnered up with Italian duo Lux Vide and Rai Fiction on an eight-part limited drama about Leonardo da Vinci that stars Poldark’s Aidan Turner. Leonardo has been created by Big Light Production’s Frank Spotnitz (The Man In The High Castle) and Steve Thompson (Sherlock) and will explore the character of […]

Exclusive: Director Jim Sheridan moves into TV with Frank Spotnitz, Shinawil

Oscar-nominated director Jim Sheridan (In The Name Of The Father, Brothers) is making his first move into TV with a show that has been created by The X Files scribe Frank Spotnitz, who is also attached to write. The Last Barbarian is from Larry Bass’s Irish producer Shinawil and Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions, with Sheridan […]

TBI Weekly: What happens when limited series become unlimited?

If the behind-the-scenes turmoil of HBO’s Big Little Lies has achieved anything, it has been to demonstrate the unique turning point faced by limited series that become unlimited. The case, however unique, begs the question: can a series really be ‘limited’ anymore when the tectonic shifts rocking the industry increasingly call for returnable hits that […]