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Netflix preps sequel series to History’s ‘Vikings’

Netflix has signed up for a Vikings spin-off from MGM Television and the show’s original creative team.  Michael Hirst’s Vikings: Valhalla begins 100 years after the original History Channel series concludes and follows the adventures of Vikings Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada and the Norman King and Viking descendant William the Conqueror. Initially helmed by […]

Damian Lewis-fronted ‘Spy Wars’ secures global sales

Broadcasters including History and Blaze in the UK and Spain’s Atresmedia are among numerous buyers to have snapped up A+E Networks factual series Damian Lewis: Spy Wars. The show, produced by Alaska TV in association with Lewis’ recently launched outfit Rookery Productions, features Homeland and Billions star Lewis as he uncovers an array of covert […]

NATPE: History gives Jesus docudrama the premium treatment

The high-end drama boom is having a knock-on effect on docudramas, according to Nutopia boss Jane Root, who says premium drama levels have “pushed up” production values on shows such as the factual producer’s forthcoming History series Jesus: His Life. Told from the perspectives of eight people close to Jesus, including his mother Mary and […]

Top US cable entertainment channel rankings unveiled

USA Network, home of The Sinner and Banijay’s forthcoming Temptation Island reboot, was the most watched ad-supported cable entertainment channel Stateside in 2018. The network marks its 13th year at the top of Nielsen’s annual rankings for cable entertainment channels in non-news and non-sports categories. It garnered an average of 1.48m across total viewers and […]

History exec returns to Discovery fold for development role

History exec Sean Boyle is to return to Discovery as senior VP of development. The former VP of development at Discovery is returning to the fold after three years at History, where he served as VP of development and production. Based in Los Angeles, the exec is to oversee the network’s strategic planning, content direction […]

MIPCOM Hot Picks: Project Blue Book

Distributor: A+E Networks Int’l Producer: A+E Studios Production in association with Compari Entertainment Broadcaster: History Concept: The true story of a US astrophysicist who investigated UFOs for 20 years On the back of the sustained success of Vikings, History has been aggressively edging into the scripted arena, looking to create what Eli Lehrer, executive VP […]

A+E to launch scripted title Project Blue Book globally

A+E Networks is set to launch its latest scripted series Project Blue Book at MIPCOM with the drama’s cast and showrunner to appear in Cannes. Executive produced by Academy Award-winner Robert Zemeckis, the series is set for a US premiere this winter on History. Project Blue Book showrunner, executive producer and writer Sean Jablonski will […]

History to premiere Watergate doc this autumn

History is set to premiere its original documentary Watergate, from Academy Award-winning director Charles Ferguson, on television this November. The title will have its theatrical release on October 12 and broadcast release on November 2-4. The special six-hour, three-night event series chronicles one of the biggest criminal conspiracies in modern politics and features a roster […]

A+E launches first int’l digital studio in Singapore

A+E Networks has begun rolling out digital studios outside of the US, under the A+E Digital International initiative, with its first launch in Singapore. The prodco’s full-service, integrated creative and content creation units will specialise in producing original short- and mid-form digital content themed around network brands and those of its partners. In Asia, these […]

A+E strikes wide-ranging programming deal with Verizon

A+E Networks has scored a programming output deal with US telco and digital business Verizon. This will see shows such as Knightfall, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath and Live PD playing on various Verizon platforms, which include Yahoo and AOL (now known collectively as Oath). Verizon Fios customers will be able to access content […]

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