HBO Europe

HBO Europe readies first original local drama series

HBO Europe is producing its first-ever locally-originated drama series, Wataha (The Pack), TBI understands. The European arm of the US premium cable net has been moving more heavily into original production with local versions of In Treatment and Shall We Kiss and, last year, a high-profile miniseries, Burning Bush. The latter project followed the real-life […]

News brief: HBO Europe gets ready for Summerhood

HBO Europe has licensed comedy feature film Summerhood from Toronto-based Breakthrough Entertainment. The film tells the tale of four long-time friends who happens to hate each other and features narration from Hollywood actor John Cusack. “We’re delighted to present this fresh family comedy to European audiences through our partnership with HBO Europe,” said Nat Abraham, […]

HBO Europe’s Burning Bush to get US outing

Burning Bush, the big-ticket original series for HBO Europe, will be shown on HBO in the US. The three-part series about events following the death of Czech student Jan Pallach in late 1960s Prague was HBO Europe’s biggest commitment to original programming to date and is currently being shown at various festivals and markets in […]

Hulu checks in to Grand Hotel

US VOD service Hulu is among the latest buyers of Spanish period drama Grand Hotel, TBI can reveal. Austria’s ORF and Sony’s new German pay TV channel Sony Entertainment Television have also acquired the show, which has been described by sources here in Cannes as a cross between ITV’s Downtown Abbey and Danish mystery drama The Killing. Furthermore, Italian prodco […]

HBO Europe appoints production execs

HBO Europe has made three programming appointments. Wayne Henry has been appointed VP, production, based in Budapest. He was previously a production consultant at HBO Europe and has worked at the ABC, FremantleMedia, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Television. Jozsef Berger has been appointed original production executive, HBO Hungary. Based in Budapest, Berger will oversee […]

HBO Europe’s burning ambition

HBO Europe started making original shows six years ago, but its upcoming miniseries Burning Bush marks a new level of budget and ambition. Director Agnieszka Holland tells TBI about her work on the show, HBO’s content boss Antony Root talks about how the original programming strategy will evolve and HBO Europe boss Linda Jensen explains […]

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