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Opinion: What’s driving the convergence of film and TV

TV is now cinematic. From The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power mega budget series on Prime Video, to the later seasons of Jed Mercurio’s BBC hit Line Of Duty, the storytelling boundaries between film and TV are eroding. The big difference that remains is the episodic nature of the TV series. But […]

News round-up: NBC & Peacock prep duo; E! expands scripted offer; BlackBox and EO Media team up

NBC & Peacock prep duo NBC has taken comedy Lopez vs Lopez to series, while sibling streamer Peacock has ordered a show from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’s Jason Woliner. Lopez vs Lopez is from the company’s Universal Television division, alongside Mohawk Productions, Travieso Productions, Mi Vida Loba and 3 Arts. The family comedy explores dysfunction, reconnection “and all the pain […]

How female-driven stories are opening up drama

Female-led drama has been on the rise for several years but there’s an ongoing evolution around the types of stories now being brought to screen, writes Helen Dugdale. In 2022, it seems odd that we’re still applauding the rise in women taking charge in front and behind the camera. Surely it should just be the […]

Lionsgate boards Blackbox Multimedia drama ‘Costa’

US-Canadian entertainment company Lionsgate has signed on to co-produce and distribute Blackbox Multimedia’s supernatural crime drama Costa. The series, written by Gaby Chiappe (The Beast Must Die) and Alex Perrin (The Level), tells the story of a woman and her three children who flee from violence to the Costa del Sol. However, far from being the sanctuary they […]

One Big Picture boards BlackBox & Stone Village’s ‘Frankenstein’

UK-based One Big Picture has boarded international prodco BlackBox Multimedia and US indie Stone Village TV’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s horror classic Frankenstein, with the three companies to co-produce the upcoming series. One Big Picture was founded by Otto Bathurst, director of UK dramas including Peaky Blinders, His Dark Materials and Black Mirror, who it […]

Blackbox’s Giuliano Papadia & Mediapro’s Stephen Johnstone share ‘58 Seconds’

With The Berlin International Film Festival underway this week and its Co-Pro Series launching today, Mark Layton gets the inside line on medical drama co-production 58 Seconds from BlackBox Multimedia CEO Giuliano Papadia and The Mediapro Studio’s content head Stephen Johnstone. Co-productions have been a mainstay of the global drama business for decades but in a fractured world […]

BlackBox Multimedia and Leader Produzioni partner to adapt Chilean noir novel

International prodco Blackbox Multimedia and Italy’s Leader Produzioni have teamed up to adapt novelist Luis Sepúlveda’s Diary Of A Sentimental Killer as a TV series. The story from the Chilean writer an action-packed noir following an unnamed assassin who has been left by his lover the day before he is set to embark on a crucial […]

Drama round-up: ITV makes ‘Long Call’ with Silverprint; STV & BBMM partner for ‘Frankenstein’; Platform Europa+ buys from Mediaset

ITV makes ‘Long Call’ with Silverprint ITV in the UK has ordered four-part crime drama The Long Call, based on the novel of the same name by Vera and Shetland creator Ann Cleeves. The show is being adapted by Kelly Jones and will be produced by Silverprint Pictures, part of ITV Studios, which will handle international distribution. Des and […]

TBI Special Report Four: Learning from lockdown

Covid-19’s impact on the TV business has been immense, but not all the ramifications are negative. Richard Middleton and Mark Layton find out how content creation and delivery might look after lockdown. Just when the world’s content industry will return to some sort of business as usual is, at this stage, anybody’s guess. Speak to […]