Scripted round-up: Viaplay orders ‘Bullshit’; UKTV’s Drama gets ‘Outrageous’; StudioCanal & Frank Miller team for ‘Corto Maltese’  

Viaplay orders ‘Bullshit’ Viaplay has commissioned Bullshit from Nordisk Film Creative Alliance as its next Danish drama series. Set to debut on the Nordic streamer next year, the series centres on a rootless young couple, Pia (Alba August) and Henning (Marco Ilsø), who long for rebellion and belonging. Drawn into Copenhagen’s biker subculture, their dream […]

BBC Studios’ Hilary Salmon to launch prodco with Nick Betts and Radford Neville

BBC Studios drama veteran Hilary Salmon is leaving the organisation to launch a new production outfit with colleagues Nick Betts and Radford Neville. Salmon was most recently head of BBCS, working on shows including Luther and Richard Gere’s MotherFatherSon, while Neville joined BBCS as head of production for drama series and serials in 2017. He […]

All3Media secures ‘Liar’ remake in Spain, strikes Cinetic deal

All3Media has struck a deal with Spain’s Atresmedia to remake its scripted thriller Liar, and unveiled a new US partnership with Green Book prodco Cinetic Media. Liar, created by The Missing duo Harry and Jack Williams, explores themes of consent, modern-day gender politics, family life and deceit. It was originally produced by Two Brothers Pictures […]

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 […]

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