Amazon UK buys Halle Berry drama Extant

Amazon has snapped up exclusive first-window rights to buzzy sci-fi series Extant for its UK streaming service. The series, which stars Halle Berry, was being shopped to buyers at the LA Screenings last week and Amazon has become the first UK buyer. It will make the show available to its UK subs a day after […]

LA Screenings review: big name drama delivers on promise

Last week’s LA Screenings saw international buyers including BBC’s director of television Danny Cohen, TV2 (Norway)’s new content chief Nina Lorgen Flemmen and BSkyB’s entertainment channels boss Stuart Murphy descend on the Hollywood studio lots with more than 50 new shows on sale. As the week played out, the pre-market signs that it would be […]

LA Screenings 2014: Spanish deal for Halle Berry series Extant

Spanish free-to-air broadcast group Atresmedia has snagged local rights to buzzy upcoming US drama Extant. The series stars Halle Berry as an astronaut returning to earth and starts on CBS in the US on July 9. The US broadcast networks gave it a straight to series order for its summer schedule in the same way […]

CBS, Amazon score Extant streaming agreement

CBS and Amazon have replicated the deal they struck for Under the Dome and made upcoming summer season sci-fi series Extant available to stream just days after its linear broadcast. Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service will launch episodes of the Halle Berry-fronted scripted series four days after they launch on the Eye network. The companies […]

Analysis: OTT to the rescue…

…or how streaming services are saving TV series and allowing others to get made. Pay TV operators are living in fear of people dumping their services for streaming equivalents such as Netflix or Amazon/Lovefilm. Their concerns will not have been assuaged this year as both launched a raft of premium, original content that won plaudits, […]

ABC goes straight-to-series with Secrets & Lies remake

An upcoming Australian crime drama is being remade for US broadcast net ABC, which has made a 10-part, straight-to-series order. Secrets & Lies comes from Oz prodco Hoodlum and is set to begin broadcasting on Network Ten in 2014, and is now being remade by ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Hoodlum is also […]

Spielberg sci-fi set for CBS

CBS has given a straight-to-series order to Extant, a new sci-fi drama from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. The futuristic thriller series, set for summer 2014, will follow a female astronaut trying to reconnect with her family after a year in outer space. It follows the success of this year’s Amblin/CBS miniseries Under the Dome, which […]