Downton Abbey


Epic drama for factual channels

The last decade saw the big factual channels move from documentary led schedules to grids full of factual entertainment and observational docs. History, by commissioning mega-hit miniseries Hatfields and McCoys, has started the next evolution of factual channels and drama is a new battleground among the big networks, reports Stewart Clarke It’s unlikely that the […]

Amazon nets online rights to Downton Abbey

Amazon has inked a deal that gives it exclusive streaming rights to period drama Downton Abbey. The first two series of the drama, which is made by NBC Universal’s Carnival Films, are the most-watched TV shows on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service. It has now inked a deal with PBS Distribution and taken exclusive US […]

Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes developing NBC series

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is developing a period drama for US network NBC. This marks the latest step in Fellowes’ relationship with NBC Universal; ITV drama series Downton Abbey is produced by NBCU-owned Carnival Films and distributed by NBC Universal International Television Distribution. Fellowes, who also wrote feature film Gosford Park, will create and […]

Hollywood Studio formats

Plans are underway to make some of the most iconic US shows ever for local broadcasters with international versions of 24, Breaking Bad, ER, Glee and Gossip Girl planned in countries as far afield as Israel and China. Shows including Prison Break, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives have already had the remake treatment and […]

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