Canadian SVOD service strikes Sony deal

Shomi, the recently-launched Canadian SVOD service, has inked a programming deal with Sony Pictures Television. The deal gives Shomi exclusive rights to several SPT series in Canada, including Outlander (pictured), which will launch on February 13 on the SVOD service. Shomi, which is run by Canadian cable giants Shaw and Rogers, will also get SPT […]

Sony sticks with programming chiefs

Sony Pictures Television has extended the contracts of co-presidents, programming and production Jamie Erlich and Zack Van Amburg. The pair will remain at the Culver City-based studio for another three years at least after signing contract extensions. SPT is currently producing US series including NBC’s new season hit The Blacklist, Syfy’s recently-recommissioned Helix and ABC […]

News brief: Syfy renews Ron Moore’s Helix

US cable channel Syfy has recommissioned sci-fi drama Helix for a second season. The drama, from science fiction producer Ron D. Moore and Lost producer Steven Maeda, will return in the first quarter of 2015. The show’s initial ratings were middling but grew its opening ep ratings 65% in live-plus-three DVR views. It made further […]

Moore to the story

Sci-fi guru Ronald D. Moore is launching his first major new cable dramas since Battlestar Galactica but hasn’t lost his maverick sensibilities or passion for writer’s rights. He tells Jesse Whittock about the shows and why scribes are still losing out to networks. Through Helix and Outlander, the sci-fi stylings of Ronald D. Moore returns […]

Mosko, the capital of Sony TV

In 2001, Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer closed most of Sony’s TV production business. Just over a decade later the studio is coming off its best year ever in television and is back in the network game, striking deals with Netflix and preparing to launch a spin-off of perhaps the most iconic cable series ever. […]

Syfy orders new Ron Moore series

Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore’s latest series will broadcast on US cablenet Syfy. Thirteen-part sci-fi thriller Helix (WT) brings Moore, best known for the Syfy reboot of Battlestar Galactica, together with Sony Pictures Television. Production begins shortly for launch on Syfy later this year. It tells the story of a team of scientists that travel […]