Downton Abbey


ITV orders more Downton

ITV has ordered a fifth season of hit period drama Downton Abbey. The UK broadcaster has greenlit another season following the success of the fourth, which has proved a big ratings winner in a Sunday night slot. The period drama is made by NBCUniversal-owned UK producer Carnival Films. It is distributed internationally by NBCU’s content […]

Exclusive: SVT buys ITV’s Vicious, more Downton

Swedish pubcaster SVT has acquired ITV sitcom Vicious, the latest seasons of Downton Abbey and Homeland and Gillian Anderson drama Top of the Lake for its fall schedule. The broadcaster has tapped Shine International for the 6x60mins Vicious, which stars Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi as a cantankerous gay couple who have lived in the […]

Oppenheimer to helm Carnival US push

NBCUniversal International has handed Deborah Oppenheimer a new role that will see her helm a push to fully establish Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films in the US. Oppenheimer is currently in charge of NBCUI Television Production’s LA operations, working across prodcos including Carnival, which is producing NBC’s Dracula. She has also worked on series such […]

Global formats: sing and the world watches with you

TBI has teamed up with Eurodata TV Worldwide once again to uncover the most successful format of 2012. Using data from more than 71 countries, we present the shows that had viewers glued to their seats in 2012. Amandine Cassi, head of research at Médiamétrie Eurodata TV Worldwide, pores over the results and highlights the […]

2013 LA Screenings Buyer Profile: Sena Argun, SinemaTV

Sena Argun is in LA this week buying for a SinemaTV’s bouquet of Turkish pay TV channels. The group has general entertainment, female-skewed, family, action and movie channels so Argun is in LA on the lookout for a wide range of content. Which channels are you buying content for? I’m buying content for our group […]

Using the UK tax credit to boost trans-Atlantic relations

Patrick Irwin, Justin Thomson-Glover and Louisa Spring – the principals of London and LA-based exec-production, coproduction and financing consultancy Far Moor – discuss how the introduction of the UK TV tax credit should be used to benefit the business on both sides of the Pond. The US cable networks are now looking at their development […]

PBS buys BBC dramas

PBS has acquired US rights to British dramas Last Tango in Halifax and Call the Midwife. The US broadcaster has done well with UK drama in recent times with period series Downton Abbey a ratings hit. It has now picked up two more UK-originated scripted series from the US arm of BBC Worldwide. Comedy drama […]

Miniseries strike back

A few years ago, it looked like scripted miniseries were heading for the scrapheap. With networks favouring TV movies, returning series and fast-moving factual entertainment franchises, miniseries started to look expensive to produce and hard to schedule. Things are very different now, reports Andy Fry.   A run of well-received projects such as Rome, Pillars […]

Turkey’s SinemaTV inks output deal with NBCU

Turkish pay TV broadcaster SinemaTV has inked an output deal with NBCUniversal. The programming agreement gives the Turkish channel operator a raft of the studio’s TV and movie content. The deal covers TV and digital rights allowing Sinema to make the content available on its linear services as well as connected digital devices. TV shows […]

Endemol picks up rights to BBC’s Ark

Endemol has taken international rights to upcoming six-part BBC drama The Ark. The series, about World War One medics, will go into production later this year and air on the BBC in 2014 to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the conflict. Across six one-hour episodes, there will be a story of the week as […]