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All3Media’s Drama Upfront brings the suspense

All3Media International will branch out this afternoon, at a screening in West London, with a list of eclectic high-end dramas that will be paired with a virtual factual upfront for select guests The distributor’s invite-only Drama Upfront will be its largest yet with 220 buyers set to attend. Stephen Driscoll, All3Media International’s EVP for EMEA, […]

AMC’s comedy channel IFC picks up Fleabag

AMC Network’s comedy channel IFC has acquired British comedy Fleabag, from writer, actor and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The BAFTA-winning series, which was picked up for Amazon US shortly after its UK debut in 2016, will premiere on IFC on 26 December. All six episodes of the critically hailed series will air beginning at 11pm and […]

BBC Comedy commissions place emphasis on new voices and diversity

Shane Allen, controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, has unveiled a broad slate of new comedy series for the full range of the UK broadcaster’s channels. Highlights include a 60th Birthday Special for Lenny Henry and a high-concept sitcom for BBC1 called Ghosts. Efforts to improve onscreen diversity include a BBC3 sitcom about three modern Muslim […]

Fleabag duo & eOne pair for rom-com series

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (pictured) and Vicky Jones, the duo behind UK hit show Fleabag, are developing a new romantic comedy series with Entertainment One (eOne). The series, titled Run, will be a rom-com thriller about ex-lovers who made a pact 15 years prior to escape life’s troubles with a simple text message stating ‘run’ – resulting […]

TBI Weekly: The future is female for global prodcos

Production companies with a female focus are cropping up at a startling rate as female perspectives take centre stage globally and the #MeToo movement continues apace. This week, we saw former CBS entertainment boss and longtime champion of gender equality, Nina Tassler, form PatMa Productions. The outfit will focus on diverse voices and partner with organisations […]

All3Media comedy drama headed to ABC in Oz

All3Media international has concluded a deal in Australia for the BBC Four comedy drama Bucket. Solution 3 Productions’ Bucket will make its primetime debut in Australia on pubcaster ABC later this year. ABC Commercial has also secured the physical and digital home entertainment rights to both Bucket and Fleabag in Australia and New Zealand. The […]

Comedy at the crossroads

Comedy has not had the same uplift in budgets and ambition as straight-up scripted fare, but half hours that are as big on drama as laughs are in demand and, increasingly, on-demand. Just don’t call it ‘dramedy’. Stewart Clarke reports. For comedy writers and producers, recent proclamations from industry heavyweights are no laughing matter. “It […]

All3Media buys into drama indie

All3Media has bought into Story Films, the UK drama indie run by David Nath and Peter Beard. Nath (pictured above, right) made the award winning drama-influenced doc series The Murder Detectives (below) and moved into drama with The Watchman, both for Channel 4. Beard (above, left) has also made docs and drama, and is best-known for My […]

All3Media buys Fleabag producer

All3Media has bought Two Brothers Pictures, the UK prodco that makes buzzy BBC comedy Fleabag. London-based Two Brothers was set up in 2014 by Harry and Jack Williams. The pair had already worked with All3 when they wrote the popular BBC drama series The Missing, which Two Brothers made for BBC with New Pictures, which […]

In the spotlight: Ash Atalla

Ash Atalla has shows lined up for Sky, the BBC, Channel 4 and is looking at US remakes of Roughcut Television’s series. Having redefined comedy by co-creating The Office, Atalla tells TBI about the business, his career and plans TBI: Which executive helped shape your career? AA: One is Clare Pizey, a BBC exec (eds […]