Thrones most illegally shared US show, CBS hardest hit network

New research into illegal file sharing shows that over the course of one week a raft of top scripted series were being shared by 3.7 million users around the world via the peer-to-peer BitTorrent network. Anti-piracy tech firm Ceg Tek conducted the research ahead of the Cable Show, the cable industry trade show that is […]

History, Red Arrow in Halle Berry Hannibal miniseries

US cable channel History has partnered with international producer Red Arrow Entertainment and actress Halle Berry to produce a miniseries based on African general Hannibal. The series, Hannibal (WT), will be coproduced by History’s production cousin A+E Studios and ProSiebenSat.1-owned Red Arrow. Oscar-nominated writer Jeffrey Caine is penning the scripts, with Berry (Monster’s Ball) executive […]

US and Canadian broadcasters team for comedy series first

NBC and Shaw are joining forces to make single-cam comedy series Working the Engels, marking the first time the US and Canadian broadcasters have collaborated on a half-hour network comedy. The show will be made by the broadcasters and US/Canadian producer Halfire-Core Entertainment, the joint venture between ex-eOne exec Noreen Halpern and ex-NBC exec Marc […]

Gaumont poaches FremantleMedia exec, renews CEO deal

Gaumont International Television has hired Sam Semon from FremantleMedia North America and renewed the contract of company CEO Katie O’Connell. The LA-based TV division of the French movie studio has had success with its first two drama series Hannibal, which has been taken to a second season by US broadcast net NBC and Netflix original […]

Gaumont hires three for TV division

Gaumont has hired a trio of executives for its international TV division. Carol Trussel has been hired as head of production, Adam Fishbach as senior VP of creative affairs and Mary Carol Bulger director of production administration. The trio will be based at Gaumont International Television in LA, which is run by CEO, Katie O’Connell […]

NBC poaches ABC exec for international copro role

US broadcast net NBC has recruited Quinn Taylor as its new executive VP, movies, miniseries and international coproductions. Taylor joins from rival network ABC where he had been since 1996, most recently as VP, movies, miniseries and acquisitions. At NBC he will oversee all development and programming of original movies and miniseries, as well as […]

NBC renews Hannibal

US broadcaster NBC has greenlit a second season of its Hannibal Lecter television series. The network has given Hannibal a new 13-part run that will air no earlier than midseason. The first season has averaged about 4.7 million viewers, according to NBC citing Nielsen Media Research. The pick up signifies the last scripted series order […]

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 […]

Amazon expands programming deal with NBC

Amazon has agreed a wider programming deal with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution, giving it a great range of the studio’s TV drama titles on its Prime streaming service. The new agreement gives Amazon exclusive streaming rights to network series Grimm as well as USA Networks legal drama Suits and spy thriller Covert Affairs. […]