Ridley Scott confirms ‘Blade Runner’ series in works

British director Ridley Scott has confirmed that a live action TV series based upon his 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner is in the works. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Scott revealed that he had already “written the pilot for Blade Runner” as well as its bible which outlined a planned 10-episode series. The […]

FX expands Ryan Murphy’s ‘American Story’ franchise, with new spin-offs & renewals

Disney-owned US pay-TV channel FX is expanding Ryan Murphy’s ‘American Story’ franchise, with orders for two new spin-off anthology shows, as well as renewals for existing titles. Murphy has struck an expansive deal to create and produce the new shows, which will, like other series in the franchise, be produced by 20th Television. The first, […]

Disney to close 18 channels in Asia as streaming focus expands

Disney is closing 18 linear networks in Asia as it focuses its attention on nascent streamer Disney+. Fox, Fox Crime, Fox Life and FX will all be shuttered in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong in October, less than three years since the Mouse House acquired them through its purchase of 21st Century Fox. Kids networks […]

Disney’s FX to end ‘Pose’ after upcoming third season

Disney’s US cablenet FX is bringing down the curtain on award-winning drama Pose, with its previously announced third season now set to be its last. The show, which was co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, has previously sold to broadcasters including the BBC and will start its final seven-episode third run on […]

Scripted originals drop for first time since 2009, says FX

Scripted originals dropped in 2020 for the first time in more than a decade, according to the latest research from Disney-owned FX. The US outfit, under its chairman John Landgraf, revealed that the total number of scripted originals on broadcast, cable and streaming totalled 493 last year, down from 532 in 2019. That represents a […]

TBI Weekly: TBI’s favourite shows of 2020

With lockdowns and travel restrictions throughout 2020, we’ve all probably watched more content than ever before. Fortunately, the industry has been in fine form and delivered an array of fantastic programming across the genres. Here are our favourite shows, as picked by TBI’s team. RICHARD MIDDLETON Editor Top show: Better Call Saul S5 (AMC, Netflix) […]

Disney plans $16bn content spend, 350m subs target & raft of new originals

The Walt Disney Company has announced plans to spend between $14-$16bn on content for its streamers, Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+, by 2024, as it revealed it has already surpassed 137 million paid subscriptions across its DTC services. Disney aims to increase this to 300-350 million subscribers by 2024 and has also set a target of […]

Show of the Week: The Weekly: Special Edition

This new, premium eight-part documentary collection is the latest production from the team behind the Emmy award-winning 30-minute series The Weekly, which saw journalists at The New York Times collaborate with US producers Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company, to shine a light on some of those big signature stories that no-one else is telling. […]

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