News brief: FX orders Guillermo del Toro drama series

FX has ordered Strain, a thirteen-part original series based upon the vampire book series by Guillermo del Toro. The series will follow a doctor heading up a disease control unit as a mysterious virus breaks out, infecting people with an ancient strain of vampirism. Production starts in Toronto next month and the US cable net […]

Del Toro’s Strain gets FX treatment

Feature film director Guillermo del Toro and Lost producer Carlton Cuse are working on a TV adaptation of The Strain, the former’s best-selling vampire novel series. The TV series, also titled The Strain, will go to air on US cable channel FX in July 2014. FX Productions is attached to create the 13-episode show, which […]

FIC goes back to The Bridge

Fox International Channels has acquired the second season of US drama series The Bridge to launch in 125 territories. This comes after US net FX ordered Shine America to produce a second season of the show, which is base on Danish-Swedish drama Bron. FIC will co-finance the new season and has exclusive pay TV rights […]

Sons of Anarchy season launch sets FX ratings record

The first episode of the new season of Sons of Anarchy has become the most-watched programme ever on FX. Nielsen’s seven day ratings capture all live and repeat viewing across key demos and show the programme is by some distance the biggest ever for FX. Season six of the biker series launched on US cable […]

FXX debuts September 2 in 72 million homes

Fox’s new entertainment cable network FXX will launch on September 2 and has secured carriage in 72 million US homes. Full distribution in the US equates to about 100 million homes, giving the new net a sizable chunk of the addressable audience at launch. As part of the pre-launch promotion Fox has created a dedicated […]

Shine America staffs up, poaches Saban, NBCU execs

Shine’s Shine America division has hired new marketing and research bosses. Rob Hughes has joined from Saban Brands and will be VP, marketing at Shine. Prior to Saban he was marketing manager for Disney Channel in the US. Kevin Ivey (pictured) becomes executive director, research, joining from NBCUniversal where he was VP, program research for […]

Comedy toon Chozen for first FXX original, FX execs upped

New basic cable channel FXX has commissioned its first original series, an adult-themed animated comedy, as FX Networks makes a trio of senior promotions. Adult toon Chozen comes from the teams behind Eastbound & Down and Archer. The show follows a gay white rapper who exits jail with a new message and skills that he […]

International Studios: Drama Studies

For a week in May the attention of the TV world is focused on Hollywood studios as they present their new shows to international buyers at the LA Screenings. While the acquisitions folk are spending time – and money – with the Majors, an increasing amount of high-end drama is coming out of the LA […]

Shine International confirms permanent CEO

Shine International’s interim CEO Nadine Nohr has been confirmed in the post on a permanent basis. Nohr (below) has held the interim title at News Corp-owned Shine Group’s international arm since September last year, when she was drafted in to replace Camilla Hammer, who had left for personal reasons after less than a year in […]

2013 LA Screenings Buyer Profile: Sarah Wright, controller of acquisitions, BSkyB

UK pay TV operator BSky is the largest UK-based buyer of US studio programming and picked up a raft of titles at last year’s LA Screenings for its Sky1 HD, Sky Living HD and Sky Atlantic channels. Sarah Wright is controller of acquisitions and as well as working across the channels is also buying studio […]