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Sony, C4 making Philip K. Dick drama series

UK broadcaster Channel 4 and Hollywood studio Sony are teaming to make Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick, an anthology series based on the titular sci-fi author’s work. Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston will exec produce the show, with Battlestar Galactica scribe Ronald. D Moore writing the series. Moore has worked with Sony […]

Sony promotes Kalouria to president post

Sony Pictures Television has promoted Sheraton Kalouria to president and chief marketing officer. He will continue to report to Steve Mosko, who was promoted from president to chairman of SPT in September last year. In this newly expanded role, Kalouria will now oversee consumer products licensing for SPT series and brands as part of the […]

Netflix Better Call Saul

Netflix will make new episodes of Better Call Saul available internationally a day after they go out on cable net AMC in the US. The Breaking Bad spin-off is distributed by Sony Pictures Television, which struck the international deal for Better Call Saul. Season one is already on Netflix outside the US. The season two […]

HBO unveils new shows, talks Deadwood film

HBO’s programming chief Michael Lombardo has confirmed a Deadwood movie is moving forward, with David Milch, the creator of the hit Western series, having submitted an outline of how a feature would unfold. HBO said last year there were early discussions with Milch and Lombardo told US website TV Line yesterday that the project is […]

Netflix gets Bob Odenkirk original feature

US streaming service Netflix is continuing its push into original feature films with Girlfriend’s Day, a black comedy starring Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk. The show follows a put-upon greetings card writer (Odenkirk) who is framed for murder. US title The Hollywood Reporter broke the news. Girlfriend’s Day will have a […]

Viewpoint: the seven deadly sins of scripted formats

K7 Media founder Keri Lewis-Brown provides some hints on what constitutes a hit, and where the dangers of scripted formats lie. In television, we can spend so much time talking about formats that we risk viewing them as an end in themselves. When talking about formats, particularly in drama and comedy, often what we really […]

Wanted: procedural series

Demand remains high for procedural drama, but the supply from the US is slowing. Stewart Clarke investigates how the procedural genre is being reinvented and how international producers and distributors are increasingly getting involved in a genre that was once the preserve of the studios While Breaking Bad, House of Cards and True Detective exemplify […]

Netflix: viewers never hooked by shows’ pilots

Pilot episodes do not immediately hook viewers to a TV show, but taking away ad breaks and linear scheduling fosters repeat viewing, according to Netflix. In new research that analyses its own global streaming data, Netflix said that when consumers can watch an “entire season as they choose, you can see fandom emerge.” By looking […]

BT, AMC plots free Fear launch in UK

UK pay TV platform BT will make the first episode of Fear the Walking Dead available to all British viewers on its BT Showcase channel on Freeview. AMC launches on Friday (August 28) exclusively on BT TV, but the first episode of Fear, which launched in the US to record-breaking ratings yesterday, will debut on […]

BBC America spurs AMC to Q2 growth

AMC Networks’ new stake in US cable channel BBC America allowed the cable channels group to record double-digital second quarter revenues, the firm has said. Q2 revenues grew 15.1%, or US$79 million, year-on-year to US$601 million following the US$200 million acquisition of a 49.9% stake in BBC Worldwide’s BBC America last year. Conversely, the absence […]