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Fox looks to Balian as Tal Yguado joins Amazon

Fox Networks Group has handed control of its global programming initiative to FX Networks executive VP Gina Balian, as global scripted chief Sharon Tal Yguado joins Amazon Studios. Balian was recently promoted to EVP of series development at US cable channel FX Networks and its production arm, FX Productions, and is now adding the FNG […]

Coen brothers make TV switch with western

Legendary filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are set make the leap to television for the first time, continuing the flow of film directors flipping to the small screen. The Coens are working on a western-themed minseries titled The Ballad of Buster Scruggs along with American Hustle prodco Annapurna Pictures TV arm, which former HBO programming […]

MGM ups sales execs

MGM has promoted two of its international distribution team. Deblina Chakrabarty and Guro Viddal have both been upped and will take executive director titles. Chakrabarty will now have responsibility for TV sales in Spain. She will also continue to oversee Africa, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Middle East and Portugal. Viddal, who is upped from director, will […]

Epix to adapt Get Shorty for TV

US premium cable channel Epix is to produce a TV version of 1990s movie Get Shorty. Production on the series will begin this year ahead of a 2017 launch, with MGM Television attached. MGM is the US studio that originally adapted Elmore Leonard’s 1990 novel as a film and part-owns Epix with Paramount Pictures and […]

Landgraf: drama output to peak in 2016 or 2017

FX Networks CEO John Landgraf has predicted a peak in the production of high-end drama television this year or next. Landgraf has been outspoken in his belief that too much television is currently being produced, and yesterday at FX’s TCA presentation added further colour. He upgraded recently-released FX data that suggested 409 scripted series had […]

FX ties down Fargo creator Hawley

US basic cable channel FX has tied down Fargo creator Noah Hawley to a new overall deal. The agreement spans three-years, tying Hawley to both FX Networks and FX Productions. His television adaptation of the Coen brothers’ Fargo has been a critical and ratings success for FX, and sold well for MGM Television. He will […]

MGM poaches TriStar exec for TV role

Fargo producer MGM has poached Lindsay Sloane from TriStar Productions to become its executive VP, television production and development. Sloane began the role at MGM Television yesterday, reporting to the studio’s television group president, production and development, Steve Stark. She will oversee the creation and development of new projects, working alongside a team that includes […]

FX chief warns of viewer ‘malaise’

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION FESTIVAL: FX Networks boss John Landgraf has reaffirmed his view that the glut of scripted programming being produced could lead to a market crash as audiences reach a point of overkill. Langraf told delegates here in Edinburgh that he feared “television has become work for consumers” and that he was “sensing a […]

MGM aims to become ‘powerhouse’ in unscripted

Buoyed by its recent deal with Mark Burnett that gave it The Apprentice and Survivor, MGM says it will become a ‘powerhouse’ in unscripted programming in the international market. The US studio is best known for its features, and more recently TV drama including Fargo, Vikings and Teen Wolf. However, it is now has some […]

MGM travels with Burnett’s A.D.

MGM International Television Distribution is taking Mark Burnett-produced bible-themed scripted series A.D.: Kingdom and Empire to MIPTV. The 12x60mins NBC show top-lines the US studio’s latest slate. Unofficially billed as the follow up to Burnett’s ultra-successful History show The Bible, it follows bitter political rivalries in the era of Jesus Christ as the Apostles, Pontius […]