Netflix increases prices again

Leading online streaming service Netflix has increased the monthly price of a subscription by a US$1, and will affect subscribers in the US, Canada and Latin America. The new cost of US$.9.99 is the latest price hike the Los Gatos-based digital company has made, coming after an increase in Europe earlier this year and a […]

Israeli VOD service lands Romanzo Criminale

New Israeli on-demand platform Cellcom TV has acquired Italian gangster drama Romanze Criminale from Germany-based Beta Film. Premium content services firm Vubiquity brokered the deal on behalf of Cellcom TV, which mobile phone operator Cellcom launched at the end of last year. Romanzo Criminale is set between 1977 and 1989 and follows a criminal gang […]

Discovery’s K2 buys Yu-Gi-Oh! series

Italian kids channel K2 has acquired Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, the latest series in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime franchise. The series is distributed by Konami’s sales arm 4K Media. In Italy the brand is repped by local producer and distributor Cattleya (Gomorrah), which struck the agreement with Discovery-owned K2. Cattleya had previously shopped the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal series to […]

US drama Parenthood getting Italian remake

Italian pubcaster Rai has ordered a local version of US network comedy Parenthood. The format is owned and distributed by NBCUniversal, which has struck a deal with Cattleya, the Italian prodco that made Romanzo Criminale and Gomorrah. It will make the Italian version of the family drama, Tutto Può Succedere (Anything Could Happen), for Rai’s […]

Sky Atlantic buys Italian-language series Gomorrah

Sky Atlantic has acquired its first foreign-language drama series, Gomorrah. The Italian series is a TV remake of the Roberto Saviano book and subsequent movie of the same name and follows the mafia in the Italian city of Naples. It is produced by Cattleya, which also makes Romanzo Criminale, the mafia series currently being remade […]

News brief: Starz making US version of Italian mob series

US cable net Starz has greenlit a local version of Italian mob drama Romanzo Criminale. The Italian series was made by Cattleya for Sky Italia. Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight will serve as showrunner and Lionsgate will produce. Former ABC boss Steve McPherson will exec produce. The US version of the show will move the […]

UK, Dutch vendors acquire Beta’s mafia series

Distribution companies in the UK and the Netherlands have acquired local all-rights packages to Gomorrah, the Beta Films-sold remake of the Italian mafia expose novel of the same name. Arrow Films in the UK and Holland’s Luminere, both best know as film distributors, have acquired the 12-part series. The deals both include pay TV sales […]

Beta Film takes on the Mafia

Italian crime writer Roberto Saviano, whose mafia exposé Gomorrah lead to death threats, tells Jesse Whittock about the scripted TV remake of the book, which Beta Film launches in Cannes film. The real crime genre continues to pay for broadcasters, with ABC in Australia announcing Underbelly drama spin-off Fat Tony and Co. in August as […]

Sky Deutschland, HBO buy mafia series Gomorrah

Beta Film has confirmed a deal with HBO Nordic for its Italian crime series Gomorrah. TBI first reported HBO had picked up the mafia drama, which is from Roberto Saviano, the journalist behind the book and feature of the same name. Beta Film distributes Gomorrah the series and officially announced the HBO deal at MIPCOM […]

Hulu checks in to Grand Hotel

US VOD service Hulu is among the latest buyers of Spanish period drama Grand Hotel, TBI can reveal. Austria’s ORF and Sony’s new German pay TV channel Sony Entertainment Television have also acquired the show, which has been described by sources here in Cannes as a cross between ITV’s Downtown Abbey and Danish mystery drama The Killing. Furthermore, Italian prodco […]