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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 […]

Freeform orders Pretty Little Liars spin-off

Freeform, Disney’s young adult television and streaming network, has ordered drama pilot Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists from Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The series is based on the book The Perfectionists, written by Sara Shepard, who also penned the New York Times bestselling book series Pretty Little Liars. The book is set in the seemingly […]

ABC job cuts planned in Disney cost saving drive

The Walt Disney Company is looking to cut around 10% of annual costs at its Disney-ABC Television arm, potentially affecting 300 jobs. The ABC US broadcast network, production arm ABC Studios and ABC News are expected to take the biggest hits, with cable channels ABC News, Freeform and Disney Channel also affected. The Wall Street […]

Pretty Little Liars ending, Grimm axed

Pretty Little Liars and Grimm have been cancelled by US channels Freeform and NBC respectively. Cable broadcaster Freeform confirmed Pretty Little Liars would come to an end after its seventh season, which will begin airing in April 2017. The finale will be a two-hour special, and be followed by the premiere of new series Famous in […]

Cineflix pacts with Freeform show creator

Canada-headquartered Cineflix Media has inked a multiyear first-look deal showrunner George Moll, who is known for Freeform (fka ABC Family) unscripted series Becoming US. The deal covers development, production and distribution, with Moll working closely with Cineflix’s development team in LA, which Dave Hamilton oversees. Under terms of the pact, Cineflix will get first option […]

McG signs with new-look ABC Family

Prolific network and cable producer McG has signed a two-year overall development deal with ABC Family, ABC Studios and cable production division ABC Signature. The deal comes ahead of ABC Family renaming as Freeform in January 2016 as a play to better attract millennial audiences. McG’s Wonderland Sound & Vision will develop and direct scripted […]

ABC Family rebranding as Freeform

Disney’s US cable channel ABC Family is rebranding as Freeform. The new moniker will come into force in January 2016, as The Walt Disney Company attempts to appeal to what it calls the ‘becomer’ generation – 14-34s. Freeform’s programming will remain the same, with shows such as Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters and Baby Daddy […]