TBI Weekly: MIPTV at critical juncture to safeguard its future

MIPTV reached a major turning point this week, with the future of the spring market in its current iteration poised for a significant overhaul amid a growing chorus of incensed distributors.   For a number of years now, the four-day market has been shedding international buyers due to unsavory timing ahead of LA Screenings in […]

Why content execs are winning in Hollywood

Hollywood is facing some of the most drastic executive restructuring it has ever encountered, with regime changes at Disney and NBCUniversal setting the scene for the industry’s next SVOD-focused chapter. Manori Ravindran reports on why content, and not digital, execs are getting the top jobs As Hollywood digs itself out of a seismic 18-month period […]

Sales round-up: Fremantle’s ‘Friend’ heads to Europe; Orange Smarty closes deals down under

Fremantle has completed a string of deals across German-speaking Europe for Italian-language drama My Brilliant Friend. The eight-part series, which is based on the first book from Elena Ferrante’s sensational bestselling quadrilogy, has been acquired by Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Teleclub (German-speaking Switzerland), SRF (German-speaking Switzerland) and ORF (Austria). Fremantle has also struck a home entertainment deal for the […]

HBO: Greenlight for Waller-Bridge’s ‘Run’, Spanish original ‘Foodie Love’

HBO has given a series order to Phoebe Waller-Bridge comedy Run, written by her frequent collaborator Vicky Jones. Run follows Ruby Dixie (Merrit Wever) as she lives a humdrum existence. One day she gets a text inviting her to fulfil a youthful pact promising true love and self-reinvention by stepping out of her life to […]

eOne hires NBCU vet for sales

Entertainment One (eOne) has hired NBCUniversal Television Distribution exec Martine Druelle-Ireland as VP of sales for Australia, New Zealand and India. Druelle-Ireland will be responsible for overseeing sales of eOne’s film and television slate across pay-TV, SVOD and free TV windows. She will report to Joyce Young, eOne’s EVP of sales of APAC, and be […]

eOne takes int’l rights to Hulu’s Fyre Fraud

Entertainment One (eOne) has secured international rights to Fyre Fraud, Hulu’s feature-length doc about the failed music festival which scammed thousands of millennials. Fyre Fraud ignited conversations this year with its personal true-crime investigation of one of the biggest con-men of the last decade, Billy MacFarland. McFarland is serving 6 years in jail for deceiving […]

eOne inks first-look deal with Will.i.am

Entertainment One (eOne) has signed a first-look deal with will.i.am, the musician and producer, that covers film, scripted and unscripted programming. Under the deal, will.i.am will serve as an executive producer on all projects and will develop and produce original programming with eOne, which will control the worldwide rights to projects. The first project under […]

Duck Soup taps Creative England exec for development

Duck Soup Films has appointed Creative England’s Kate O’Hara as its new development executive. O’Hara will assist the development of a wide range of high-end scripted drama and comedy across a variety of formats from conception through to production. The new exec will be tasked with discovering new and emerging talent and identifying projects that […]

eOne hires ex-BBCS exec to head int’l sales

Entertainment One (eOne) has hired former BBC Studios exec Paola Tonella as director of international sales. Based in the company’s London office, Tonella will report to Dan Gopal, executive vice president of sales – EMEA for Benelux countries and Patrick Roberts, VP of international TV sales for Nordic countries. In addition, she will work closely […]

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