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Amazon takes first-window rights to Freeform thriller ‘Cruel Summer’

Amazon Prime Video has acquired exclusive first window worldwide rights (excluding the United States, Canada and China) to psychological thriller Cruel Summer. The series was produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple’s prodco Iron Ocean Productions and is set to land on the streamer following its US premiere on Freeform later this […]

Disney’s Freeform names originals chief, hires Quibi exec for unscripted

Disney-owned US network Freeform has promoted Jamila Hunter to oversee originals and development while also adding the former head of documentaries at now defunct Quibi. Hunter, who was previously SVP of current & alternative programming, will now become EVP of originals & development at the youth-skewing network and reports into Tara Duncan, who was appointed […]

Freeform head of programming Lauren Corrao departs

Disney-owned cablenet Freeform’s EVP of programming and development Lauren Corrao is leaving the company after 18 months in the role. Corrao joined the company in April 2019 after being tapped for the role by former president Tom Ascheim, and was responsible for all scripted and unscripted development and current original programming, as well as casting […]

ViacomCBS appoints Disney’s Yolanda Cochran to head kids production

ViacomCBS has appointed Yolanda T. Cochran from Disney-owned Freeform to oversee production for its Kids & Family division. Cochran becomes SVP of live-action long-form production for the ViacomCBS unit, responsible for Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick and Nicktoons, as well as Gen Z-focused brand Awesomeness. She will be based in Hollywood and reports to Megan Ring, […]

Disney’s Freeform hires former Netflix, AMC exec as president

Disney’s young adult cablenet Freeform has appointed former Netflix exec Tara Duncan as its president. Duncan takes up the role on 8 June and will lead on content strategy, original programming and production, as well as overseeing brand development, scheduling and finance. She reports into Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment chairman Dana Walden. Duncan […]

Former ABC Ent exec Jamila Hunter lands at Freeform

Former ABC Entertainment exec Jamila Hunter is joining Freeform as SVP of current series and alternative programming. In her new role, Hunter will oversee unscripted and alternative content as well as scripted programming across the network’s current slate of shows. She is expected to start in early 2020, reporting into Lauren Corrao, EVP of original […]

Freeform ends ‘Pretty Little Liars’ spin-off after single season

Disney-backed US network Freeform has brought the curtain down on Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists after just one season. The show, which was spun off from hit drama Pretty Little Liars in 2017, ran for a single 10-epiosde season but has been cancelled after failing to secure viewers. The series was based on the book […]

Freeform order comedy from Aussie Please Like Me creator

Freeform has handed a series order to comedy Everything’s Gonna Be Okay from Australian Please Like Me creator and comedian Josh Thomas. The US youth-skewing network has ordered a 10 x 30-minute series from Avalon Productions, which will co-produce alongside the network. In the show, Thomas will star as Nicholas, a neurotic 25-year-old living at […]

Electus ups Kelly-Clyne to Big Breakfast head of development

On the heels of Freeform’s development announcement for Big Breakfast’s Joss Whedon-executive produced dark comedy, Pippa Smith: Grown-Up Detective, the Electus-owned studio has named producer, director and writer Luke Kelly-Clyne head of development. Commenting, Electus COO Drew Buckley said: “Luke has been integral in expanding and diversifying Big Breakfast’s slate – everything from scripted comedies […]

Freeform Summit: Sony reboots Party of Five

During the first-ever Freeform Summit, from Disney’s young adult television network, Sony Pictures Television has announced that it will reboot fan-favourite Party of Five with original creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman. The reboot will follow the five Buendias children as they navigate daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents […]