Idris Elba


TBI Weekly: Uncertainty ahead for DHX

After weak quarterly financials, Canada’s DHX Media is eyeing a sale or merger of the business, which owns kids hits from the Teletubbies to In the Night Garden. The move was a shock to the wider children’s TV community. The Canadian company’s revenue of C$298.7 million (US$239 million) missed analysts lowest estimates for its fourth quarter […]

Luther will return to BBC

British detective drama Luther will return to BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US for a fifth season. It had been unclear if the series, which stars Idris Elba (The Wire) as gruff policeman John Luther, would be back on screens after a short fourth run in December 2015. However, UK […]

HBO Euro nets, BBCWW recruit Guerrilla

HBO services in the Nordics, Spain and Central and Eastern Europe have bought upcoming drama Guerrilla. HBO Nordic, HBO España, HBO Europe and BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand have acquired the Sky and Showtime series. BBCWW ANZ will put the show out on the BBC First network. Endemol Shine International sells the series, which […]

Idris Elba to take over BBC Three

Idris Elba is to oversee a “unique and ground-breaking” season of content for the BBC’s online channel, BBC Three. The Idris Takeover will see the multihyphenate’s production company, Green Door Pictures, produce content for BBC Three’s iPlayer channel, YouTube and the BBC Three website. The event will be a week long, and cover topics including […]

Idris Elba prodco, Lionsgate award Sin of God

Idris Elba’s prodco and Lionsate UK will develop drama series Sin of God from Matthew Kirton, after the up-and-coming writer won a competition organised by the pair. Sin of God tells the story of a man with a dark past who comes back form the dead. It will be worked up by Green Door Pictures […]

Idris Elba, Lionsgate UK to crown up-and-coming writer

Three finalists have been selected in the competition run by Lionsgate UK and Idris Elba prodco Green Door Productions to find a new generation of TV writers. Three projects have been chosen for The Write to Green Light competition, with an urban reworking of Cleopatra, a man coming back from the dead and mass murder […]

Idris Elba brings the fight to Discovery

Actor and producer Idris Elba is producing and starring in a three-part series for Discovery Networks International in which he will train to become a professional kickboxer. Idris Elba: Fighter will see the Luther star ultimately competing against a seasoned brawler in a no-holds-barred bout. It will shot on location in Britain, Cuba, Japan, South […]

Idris Elba prodco makes unscripted hire

Idris Elba’s UK indie, Green Door, has hired seasoned ITV and Leopard Films producer Miles Jarvis to head up its unscripted division. As an exec producer at ITV for six years Jarvis’ credits include the UK version of Dance Moms and Gino’s Italian Escape and This Morning. Prior to ITV he was at Argonon-owned Leopard, exec producing […]

Elba, Ridley lead major Sky drama investment

Sky has commissioned six dramas that feature talent including Idris Elba, John Ridley, Julia Stiles, Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks, in a major move underlining the European satcaster’s clout in the high-end originals space. Namely, the shows are Guerilla, Tin Star, Delicious, Riviera, Jamestown and The Last Dragonslayer. Actor Elba (Luther, The Wire) will co-star in […]

New Idris Elba doc is Cut From a Different Cloth

Idris Elba will feature in and produce a new documentary about the fashion brand Superdry. Elba’s indie, Green Door Pictures, is coproducing Cut From a Different Cloth with UK prodco Woodcut Media. Content Television, which sold Elba’s previous doc, Mandela, My Dad and Me, is attached to distribute. The ob-doc will look into Superdry as […]