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Australia and NZ take a seat at the drama table

Producers in Australia and New Zealand are creating a new wave of international-friendly scripted series for their distribution partners to take to market, but the popularity and lower cost of formats and reality shows poses a threat to the sector, report Dan Barrett and Stewart Clarke. Expectation. Its shadow carries considerable weight across Australia and […]

Spain’s drama producers look to go global

Spain’s crisis has forced TV producers to seek international business. Local fiction continues to dominate Spanish primetime, but the dramatic fall in investment in TV advertising has obliged broadcasters to cut their budgets for originals. Creating virtue out of necessity, an increasing number of drama producers are looking beyond Spanish border and beginning to reap […]

CBS sees future in Better Lives, kills CSI:NY

Leading US broadcast network CBS has taken comedy Friends with Better Lives to series, but has dropped the long running CSI: NY and Rules of Engagement. Friends… is billed as being about a group of 30-somethings, each one of which thinks the others have better prospects. The sitcom comes from Kapital Entertainment and 20th Century Fox […]

CBS posts best ever quarter results, talks up Netflix

US media group CBS Corp. posted record single quarter financial results yesterday, as its chief executive revealed the firm remained in talks with Netflix about producing original programming for the streaming service. The leading broadcast network’s first quarter results for the three months to March 31, 2013, showed revenues of more than US$4 billion, which […]

The Walking Dead and NCIS coming to MIPCOM

The people behind hit US zombie series The Walking Dead and hit cop procedural NCIS will speak at MIPCOM next month. NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg will give a masterclass on Tuesday the 9th as will The Walking Dead’s Gale Anne Hurd, who will be joined by Sharon Tal Yguado, executive VP, scripted programming and original […]