HBO cancels music drama ‘The Idol’ after one season

HBO has cancelled its much-discussed music industry drama The Idol after just one season. The show was co-created by Sam Levinson (Euphoria), Abel Tesfaye (aka musician The Weeknd) and Reza Fahim, with Atlanta’s Amy Seimetz initially set to direct. She quit orior to production, however, and the show failed to find a sizeable audience. It […]

Canadian financier & producer Bron files for bankruptcy

Canadian finance and production company Bron, which is behind shows such as HBO’s The Idol and Ten Percent for Prime Video, has filed for bankruptcy. The company has filed for creditor protection with the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Canada and has also made a Chapter 15 filing in the US. Company co-founder and […]

Disney+ & Sierra/Affinity execs launch LA-based Upgrade Productions

Former Disney+ exec Matt Brodlie and Sierra/Affinity’s Jonathan Kier have launched Upgrade Productions, a new LA-based prodco focused on the development and production of local language content for a global audience. The new firm has received backing from Germany’s Constantin Film and forged a strategic partnership with BRON. It is already working with creators and […]

Drama deals: eOne boards first French drama, Eccho swoops for Sweden’s ‘Love Me’

Entertainment One picks up first French-language drama Entertainment One (eOne) has picked up international distribution rights to France 2 crime drama La Garçonne from Call My Agent! producers Mother Production and Gedesel. The deal marks eOne’s first French-language acquisition, and was brokered by Noel Hedges, EVP of acquisitions and international distribution for the studio. Set […]

Bridging local and global: Lars Blomgren on his new move

The Bridge producer Lars Blomgren sits with TBI to discuss his preparation for an upcoming role as head of scripted for non-English language titles at Endemol Shine. You only have to look at Blomgren’s own hit drama The Bridge (Bron), and its successful international adaptations in Denmark, the US, UK and France, as well as […]

Watchever adds The Bridge, kids shows

German SVOD platform Watchever has scored a deal with ZDF Enterprises for shows including Nordic noir series Bron (aka The Bridge) and teen series Wolfblood. The deal is for German-produced and international shows from the commercial arm of pubcaster ZDF. On the scripted front, Watchever gets Kriminaldauerdienst, which is about a workplace drama about a […]

MIPCOM Hot Pick: The Tunnel

Shine International will hope three is the magic number as it takes this new incarnation of the popular Nordic noir series Bron (aka The Bridge) to the global market. Where the original had Swedish and Danish detectives investigating a body carefully left between the two countries’ borders and 2012’s US version on FX paired Mexican […]

FIC goes back to The Bridge

Fox International Channels has acquired the second season of US drama series The Bridge to launch in 125 territories. This comes after US net FX ordered Shine America to produce a second season of the show, which is base on Danish-Swedish drama Bron. FIC will co-finance the new season and has exclusive pay TV rights […]

Restructured ZDF covers all genres in Cannes

Having restructured into four genre-specific divisions, ZDF Enterprises will launch new kids, drama, factual and entertainment shows at MIPCOM. The commercial arm of the German public broadcaster has also launched a new sales site to help buyers get details of its new shows. On the kids side the market highlight from ZDFE.junior is 26x26mins live […]