Crossing Lines

VRT bags StudioCanal drama package

Belgium’s VRT has acquired a three-title drama package from Europe-based distributor StudioCanal. The agreement hands the Flemish-speaking public network Midnight Sun, The Five and Crossing Lines season three. Midnight Sun will begin on VRT’s network Canvas, which has played similar Scandinavian noirs since 2006, in 2017. The series was originally for Canal+ in France and […]

Spotnitz prodco makes French play

Frank Spotnitz’s prodco, Big Light Productions, has hired a former Canal+ commissioner to oversee a newly-opened French office and projects in London. Lorraine Sullivan will join the Man in the High Castle producer to oversee projects from Big Light’s London headquarters and the new Paris office that focus on drama, documentaries and films relating to […]

ITV Studios takes Bull Mountain, attaches Ed Bernero

The US division of ITV Studios has optioned crime drama novel Bull Mountain and attached Criminal Minds and Crossing Lines showrunner Ed Bernero to the project. Bernero will write the pilot script and showrun the series. No broadcaster is yet attached. The book was written by Brian Panowich and follows several generations of a crime clan […]

News brief: Alibi begins Crossing Lines

UK pay TV channel Alibi has acquired seasons one and two of internationally-coproduced procedural drama Crossing Lines. Both seasons of the show, which stars William Fichtner as part of a cross-border Europe-based FBI unit, will run back-to-back on the UKTV-owned channel this summer. Germany-based Tandem Communications produces the show in association with Bernero Productions, with […]

Record level for French TV exports

The latest export stats for French TV programming shows sales to international markets were up 8% to €137.1 million in 2013, setting an all-time record. Monitored by French funding body CNC and exporters’ association TVFI and released at le Rendez-vous in Biarritz, the global figures settle at €173.5 million once presales and coproduction sales are […]

Donald Sutherland making animated pirate TV movie

Donald Sutherland is writing, producing and voicing Pirate’s Passage, an animated TV movie for Canadian public broadcaster CBC Television. Based on the William Gilkerson book of the same name, the TV movie will be made by Sutherland’s production company, Martin’s River Ink with Canadian studio Pip handling the animation. The pirate story is set in […]

Still ‘early days’ for Lovefilm content strategy

Amazon-owned VOD service Lovefilm is looking to up its exclusive content and original show commissions, though chief marketing officer Simon Morris has admitted it is still “early days” for the firm. Speaking to TBI and sister publication DTVE at the press launch of Crossing Lines, the latest in a string of original drama series that […]