ABC News to debut Mike Tyson doc

US news network ABC News is to produce and debut a two-part, four-hour documentary special on the life of US boxing star Mike Tyson later this month. The 2 x 120-minute Mike Tyson: The Knockout will chronicle the former champion’s climb, crash and comeback, from his difficult childhood to becoming undisputed world champion to his […]

Netflix doc ‘Octopus Teacher’ drives streamer to Oscars success

Disney and Netflix have emerged as the big winners at the Oscars, with the two companies sharing 12 statuettes between them. Netflix, which last week revealed a shock decline in subscriber growth, took home seven prizes in total having been nominated for a record 36 awards. The streamer – whose Oscars haul before yesterday’s event […]

Scripted round-up: Netflix buys Israel’s ‘Blackspace’; Hulu reboots ‘How I Met Your Mother’; Ovation adds ‘Frankie Drake’

Netflix buys Israel’s Blackspace Netflix has picked up rights around the world to Federation Entertainment’s Israeli drama Blackspace. The 8 x 60-minute psychological thriller is set in an Israeli high school and has been written by Anat Gafni and Sahar Shavit, with Drama Team and Federation producing for local network Reshet 13. It has now been acquired […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Exploring streamers’ spending habits in 2021

Tim Westcott, senior principal analyst for channels and programming at research powerhouse Omdia, tells Richard Middleton about the predicted spending habits of streamers in 2021. Competition for content is reaching new heights in 2021 following a year in which US studios hauled back programming for their own DTC streaming services. Production hiatuses caused by the […]

BritBox strikes exclusive ‘Line Of Duty’ deal in US

BritBox in the US has picked up exclusive rights to the sixth season of Jed Mercurio’s hit police drama Line Of Duty, in a deal that also hands it rights to all future episodes of the show. US streaming service Acorn TV had snapped up streaming rights to the first five seasons of Line Of Duty from Hulu in […]

HBO Max won’t launch in UK, Germany or Italy until Sky deal ends in 2025

WarnerMedia’s streamer HBO Max will not be launched in the UK, Germany or Italy until existing output deals with European pay giant Sky run out in 2025, the company has confirmed. The US media giant recently firmed up plans to launch its new SVOD into 60 countries outside of the US this year, including 21 countries […]

‘Normal People’s music supervisor on how sounds serve the drama

Juliet Martin, music supervisor on Element Pictures’ Normal People for BBC Three and Hulu, explains the musical choices in the hit Irish drama and the wider importance of music in accentuating visual performances. We were incredibly lucky to have a fantastic team working on Normal People. The music choices were a collaboration between the director, Lenny Abrahamson, […]

Hulu sets Mike Tyson drama, boxer hits out at series & preps own project

US boxing icon Mike Tyson has hit back after Hulu announced a straight-to-series order for Iron Mike, a scripted limited series dramatising the events of his life. The streamer has commissioned an eight-part series from I, Tonya writer Steven Rogers and director Craig Gillespie, with that film’s Margot Robbie set to exec produce, via her […]