Caroline Torrance

Returning miniseries

Distributors will tell you that if they could have one drama production in their portfolio it would be an evergreen returning franchise that rakes in the cash year after year. But this doesn’t alter the fact that TV movies, minis and limited runs are also regarded as valuable assets and are increasingly getting recommissioned as […]

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 – part IV

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 reveals why, where and how the genre is evolving, tackling the big issues with anecdotal evidence and data gathered from the world’s top scripted executives. Lights… camera… action! What is the most important change in the way that scripted projects are financed?   It’s an unprecedented moment in time for […]

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 – part I

Drama’s prolonged period in the sun doesn’t seem like ending any time soon. In fact, it feels like it might go on longer than anyone could have predicted. In the US, there are near-on 70 cable channels commissioning shows, while Europe has seen an explosion of free and pay TV channels and producers coming together […]

BBC snaps up French drama

The BBC has acquired French drama series The Disappearance for its BBC Four channel. The series, which follows the story of a family trying to find their missing daughter, was made for pubcaster France Télévisions, where it went out as Disparue on France 2, performing strongly in the ratings. Zodiak Rights sells it internationally and […]

Fraud drama revealed after Panama papers

A thriller drama about high stakes money laundering is the first fruit of Zodiak Rights’ development partnership with UK indie Arise Pictures. Billed as Casino Royale meets Wall Street, The Cleaners’ creation comes as the explosive revelations of the leaked ‘Panama papers’, which have implicated thousands of people for using companies to avoid paying taxes […]

Zodiak Rights takes buyers to Wolf Creek

Zodiak Rights is taking Australian SVOD horror Wolf Creek to Cannes next week. The 6x60mins show, from Screentime and for on-demand service Stan, toplines the Banijay Group-owned distributor’s scripted slate. The show has a built-in marketing buzz from the successful 2005 movie of the same name. It is the first original for Stan, the Australian […]

Zodiak Rights in $150m scripted pact

Banijay Group’s sales arm, Zodiak Rights, has closed a deal with British writer-director David Raymond (pictured) that is “anticipated to garner US$150 million of scripted content”. Zodiak Rights has closed the first look finance and distribution deal with Arise Pictures, which LA-based Raymond runs with executive producer and film financier Chris Pettit (below, right). The […]

Zodiak Rights poaches BBCWW drama chief

Zodiak Rights has hired BBC Worldwide’s head of drama Chris Stewart. He will take on the new post of head of scripted acquisitions in December, reporting to Caroline Torrance, who also joined Zodiak’s rights division from the BBC’s commercial arm 12 months ago. Zodiak Rights and parent Zodiak Media have been making a concerted push […]

Zodiak hires ex-Paramount exec in US scripted push

Zodiak Media has hired former Paramount digital programming chief Keith Quinn to take its European scripted formats into the US, TBI has learned. Quinn has taken on a consultancy post that will see him delve into Zodiak’s library to find shows that can be packaged with local US producers and sold to the ever-growing pool […]

RTE controller quits for BBC Worldwide commissioning role

George Dixon has quit Irish public broadcaster RTE to take a commissioning role at BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster. At Worldwide Dixon will be global editorial director, filling a role vacated by Liam Keelan after he stepped into Caroline Torrance’s role running scripted programming when she left for Zodiak Media. […]