Drama


China sets restrictions to limit foreign TV shows

China’s Radio and Television Administration is set to limit foreign TV content across its platforms.  The government agency is set to outlaw foreign TV shows in their entirety for prime time (7-10pm), and to place a 30% quota on streaming platforms for any imported content. The new restrictions target foreign current affairs titles, as well […]

Virgin Media TV seeks pitches for drama series

Virgin Media Television (fka TV3 Group) is currently seeking submissions for a new post-watershed, six –part drama, for 2019/2020. The call for titles if part of an on-going drama initiative laid out by the company. Virgin is inviting entrants to explore contemporary themes, new visual styles and narratives, focusing on original, “noisy” ideas with a […]

Netflix orders Annapurna musical drama Mixtape

Netflix has ordered musical drama series Mixtape from Annapurna Pictures in association with 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios. Mixtape is described as a romantic musical drama that looks at the love stories connecting a diverse, disparate group of people in contemporary LA. The ten-episode series is executive produced by Joshua Safran, […]

UK’s high-end drama boom leads to £2.6m in levy funds

The UK’s booming production schedule in television drama saw a record £2.6 ($3.63) million paid in contributions to the High-end TV (HETV) Levy fund last year, according to UK body Creative Skillset. Over 100 high-end productions including Game of Thrones, Poldark, Luther, Derry Girls, The Durrells, Black Mirror, Shetland, Call the Midwife and Peaky Blinders, made the payments […]

Antenna & Tony Jordan team for Albanian mafia thriller

The Antenna Group has partnered with TV writer Tony Jordan (Eastenders, Hustle) to produce original crime drama, Besa, a twelve-part Albanian mafia thriller. The series has been commissioned by Antenna for free-to-air channel PRVA in Serbia, Planet TV in Slovenia and RTL in Croatia. Besa, the traditional Albanian word meaning a code of honour or […]

UKTV controller Emma Tennant passes away

The British television industry is today mourning the passing of the well liked UKTV controller Emma Tennant, who has died aged 49. Tennant (pictured) had fought a long battle with cancer, but sadly passed away on Tuesday. “Anyone who met Emma knew her to be one of the kindest, warmest and most nurturing people working […]

Take part in the TBI Drama Survey 2018

We would like to invite you to share your expert views on the state of the international drama market. The results will be displayed in our MIPTV March/April magazine, distributed at MIPTV 2018, and appear online at tbivision.com. Your responses may feature in the report, both in print and online. After completing the survey you […]

UKTV restructures acquisitions & channels teams

British channels group UKTV has created five channel director posts in a restructure that looks to have knock-on effects for some key executives. Emma Ayech, Luke Hales, Gerald Casey, Adam Collings and Vicky Walker all get promotions in the rejig, effective immediately, and UKTV say the changes are reflective of a major increase in investment […]

BBC America pacts with Elisabeth Moss for drama

US cable channel BBC America is working with Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss on a period drama based on a Mary Beth Keane novel. American prodco Annapurna Television is also attached to Fever, which will star Moss (pictured in Handmaid’s Tale), who also featured in BBC drama Top of the Lake. Moss holds the novel […]

Discovery lines up Hindi ents network

Discovery Communications is to debut a Hindi-language general entertainment network in India. Discovery JEET will be “the flagship for the network’s ambitious investment into original local productions in India”. It will debut late this year, offering programming on true crime, ‘small-town heroes’ and ‘gritty survival’. More than 200 hours of original, local content will premiere […]

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