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Comedy at the crossroads

Comedy has not had the same uplift in budgets and ambition as straight-up scripted fare, but half hours that are as big on drama as laughs are in demand and, increasingly, on-demand. Just don’t call it ‘dramedy’. Stewart Clarke reports. For comedy writers and producers, recent proclamations from industry heavyweights are no laughing matter. “It […]

Westworld one of three HBO recommissions

Westworld’s stellar season one ratings have lead to the HBO sci-fi/mystery drama getting a second season commission, along with half-hours Divorce and Insecure. Season one numbers for Westworld, a remake of the 1970s movie of the same name about rogue robots in a futuristic theme park, are tracking ahead of the first runs of Game […]

NBC remaking Sharon Horgan BBC comedy

US network NBC is developing a US version of cult BBC Three comedy Pulling. Original series creator Sharon Horgan (pictured) is attached to the new show as executive producer, alongside co-creator and writer Dennis Kelly. The 2006-2009 BBC series, from Silver River Productions, centred around three thirty-something women with unstable dating lives and living arrangements, […]

NATPE: RTL commits to drama, dismisses Netflix

Hungary’s largest commercial broadcaster plans to ramp up its local drama efforts in the wake of the success of its scripted format Divorce, says deputy CEO and director of programming Peter Kolosi. Speaking at the opening session of the NATPE Europe market in Budapest, Kolosi also dismissed the threat of US streaming service Netflix, which […]

Westworld finally gets launch date

HBO’s troubled TV adaptation of the Westworld movie has been given an autumn launch date. The much-anticipated ten-part series was originally expected to launch last year, before production was halted so that showrunner and writer Jonathan Nolan, and fellow writer Lisa Joy could finish the scripts. At that point, the launch was expected to be pushed […]

Sky Vision, Merman sign script deal

UK-based distributor Sky Vision has signed an exclusive three-script development deal with Merman, the transatlantic producer behind Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe. Sky Vision will get a first look at a selection of scripted projects from Merman, with the option to distribute them internationally. The sales arm of European satcaster Sky already sells scripted shows such […]

Writer’s Room: Sharon Horgan

Irish comedy star Sharon Horgan on the quirks she and production partner Clelia Mountford found working in US TV after launching their UK-based production firm, Merman, in the States The difference between working in the UK and US can be summed up in two words: craft services. Affectionately known as ‘crafty’, this service provides sets with […]

KPN launches new SVOD service

Dutch telco KPN has launched a subscription video-on-demand service, Videoland Unlimited, for €10 (US$13.50) a month as part of its Interactieve TV IPTV service. The serviceprovides access to a catalogue of about 2,000 Dutch and international movies and TV series, including Dutch shows Iedereen Is Gek Op Jack, Divorce, Moordvrouw and Baantjer and international movies […]