Hatfields and McCoys


Hoogstra resurfaces with Banijay’s Stephen David

Former History programming honcho Dirk Hoogstra has resurfaced as chief creative officer of Banijay Group-owned US producer Stephen David Entertainment. At SDE, he will oversee development, packaging and sales of the production slate in the premium content space, responsible for international financing and coproduction. Hoogstra (pictured) is widely liked within the US creative community thanks […]

Texas Rises to 4.1 million

US cable net History’s latest epic miniseries, Texas Rising, garnered 4.1 million viewers for its opening episode. The Western comes from Leslie Greif and the team behind Hatfields and McCoys, and failed to mirror its huge numbers after it set cable TV records in 2012 with over 13 million viewers. However, citing Nielsen, History said […]

Discovery Channel gets 3.4 million for Klondike

The Discovery Channel’s first scripted miniseries, Klondike, has delivered solid debut ratings of 3.4 million viewers. The three-part Gold Rush drama premiered on Monday on US cable, and stars Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Abbie Cornish (Limitless), Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction, Lie to Me) and Sam Shephard (August: Osage County) as fortune hunters in the […]

New look A+E programing team ups four

A+E Networks has followed its recent appointment of a new top programming team by promoting four executives at History, H2, Lifetime and Bio. The Hatfields and McCoys channel operator had named Elaine Frontain Bryant as senior VP, development and programming, History; Paul Cabana as Senior VP and head of programming, H2; Mary Donahue as senior […]

LoveFilm gets Vikings series ahead of TV

Amazon’s on-demand service LoveFilm has bought Vikings in a deal that means the hit drama series will be available on its streaming service ahead of linear TV. The series is produced and distributed by MGM and aired on History in the US as the cable net continues to push into scripted programming. LoveFilm has exclusive […]