Downton Abbey


Carnival Films launches UK initiative for writers

Downton Abbey producer, Carnival Films, has launched an initiative to nurture and develop a new wave of TV series creators. The ‘Collective’ initiative is a series of in-depth sessions, which will train and guide emerging writers in responding to targeted broadcaster-led briefs and enable to work on their ideas in a collaborative environment. The initiative […]

BBC explores The Awkward Age with Downton Abbey drama prodco

UK pubcaster the BBC has put a drama from Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films that’s based on new Francesca Segal novel The Awkward Age into development. Helen Edmundson (An Inspector Calls) is writing the adaptation, which will follow the lives of a modern blended family. The book follows a widowed woman who meets an American […]

RTÉ, Arte & APT set up first coproduced doc

Irish broadcaster RTÉ is set to pair with European pubcaster Arte and American Public Television (APT) to coproduce new doc Countdown to Calvary. The 1x60mins doc is a special for Easter 2018 and will be presented by Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville. He travels to Jerusalem to tell the story of the week that changed […]

FYI preps trip to Downton Shabby

US cable net FYI will debut a new home renovation series next month, Downton Shabby. Playing on the title Downton Abbey, the series will swap the English country home setting of the hit British period drama, and instead follow renovation and design experts, Frank and Sherry Fontana. The couple will travel across the US making […]

Carnival pushing Downton movie forward

Gareth Neame, the boss of Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films says he would like to see a feature film based on the global drama hit happen “sooner rather than later”. Speaking to TBI at the Monte Carlo TV Festival, Neame said Downton, which ran to six seasons as a TV series and ended last year, […]

Amazon prescribes to Doctor Thorne drama

Amazon Prime Instant Video has acquired exclusive US streaming rights to British period drama Doctor Thorne. Amazon will launch the Julian Fellowes-penned show locally as an Amazon Original on May 20. This is after a deal with producer The Weinstein Company, which picked up North American distribution rights from the UK’s Hat Trick International last […]

Lygo to replace Fincham at ITV

Kevin Lygo is to become UK broadcaster ITV’s director of televison after current incumbent Peter Fincham decided to step down. Lygo (left) takes on the post after five years at ITV’s production division, ITV Studios, with Fincham (below, right) potentially returning to the indie sector. ITV Studios UK managing director Julian Bellamy (below, left) will […]

Weinsteins pick up new Julian Fellowes series

The Weinstein Company has picked up US rights to Doctor Thorne, the new period drama from Downton Abbey scribe Julian Fellowes. The series will play on ITV in the UK and TWC has taken US and Canada rights. The US firm inked a similar deal for another British drama, Peaky Blinders, which it reps in […]

Buyers briefing: Jon Farrar, BBC Worldwide

Name: Jon Farrar Title: Senior VP, global programming and acquisitions Jon Farrar oversees the programming and acquisitions strategy for BBC Worldwide’s new channel brands, BBC Brit, BBC Earth and BBC First. The executive has had two spells with the BBC’s commercial arm, and has also worked in programming at Viacom and NBCUniversal. Here he outlines […]

Masterpiece deal gives Amazon UK drama

The extension of a deal with US broadcaster PBS has given Amazon US rights to a swathe of UK drama including Wolf Hall and Poldark. Amazon already has UK series from the Masterpiece strand including Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge. The new, extended, deal gives Amazon Prime Instant Video subs the aforementioned BBC period series […]

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