Judd Apatow

HBO bags Judd Apatow music doc

US premium cable network HBO has acquired US television rights to a feature documentary from producer and director Judd Apatow. May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers has a worldwide premiere on Wednesday (March 15) at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. It features “extraordinary access” filmed over two decades […]

In the spotlight: Ash Atalla

Ash Atalla has shows lined up for Sky, the BBC, Channel 4 and is looking at US remakes of Roughcut Television’s series. Having redefined comedy by co-creating The Office, Atalla tells TBI about the business, his career and plans TBI: Which executive helped shape your career? AA: One is Clare Pizey, a BBC exec (eds […]

AMC buys into Funny or Die

AMC Networks has bought a minority stake in comedy online VOD site Funny or Die. AMC has long history of collaborating with Funny or Die through its US cable channel IFC on series such as the forthcoming Brockmire and 2014 miniseries Spoils of Bablyon, and has now taken a seat on the platform’s board. The […]

HBO’s Girls gets a final season

HBO’s comedy drama series Girls will end after its sixth season, the premium cable net has confirmed. The Lena Dunham series, which counts Judd Apatow among its exec producers, heads into season five on HBO in the US next month. The cable net has commissioned a sixth run, after which it will come to an […]

Legendary status

Former Sony TV sales boss Michael Grindon tells Jesse Whittock how Legendary Television’s emerging international sales division can offer an alternative to the Hollywood studios. Despite being the LA production studio behind The Hangover movie franchise, Legendary Entertainment’s push into television has been anything but lethargic. Less than a year since former Sony Pictures Television […]

Netflix deal monitor: 2015 so far

Streaming service Netflix may be losing market share to Amazon in the US, but has started 2015 with a bang, acquiring numerous series and movies and continuing its rapid international roll out. As new research shows the SVOD player spends more on content than the BBC, HBO and Discovery, TBI takes a look at the […]

Netflix bags Apatow’s Pee-wee Herman flick

Streaming service Netflix has bagged exclusive international rights to Pee-wee Herman’s Big Holiday, an upcoming comedy film from director Judd Apatow. This is the latest feature Netflix has acquired exclusive rights to as the US-based company sticks to its aggressive movie buying strategy. Netflix takes rights in all territories it operates in, under terms of […]

Netflix in Love with Apatow comedy

Streaming service Netflix has handed a two-season order to a relationships-themed comedy from gross-out movie guru Judd Apatow. Love will debut in 2016 with a 10-episode run, and star Paul Rust (I Love You, Inglorious Basterds) and Gillian Jacobs (Community) as a couple that experiences the humiliations of intimacy, commitment and “other things they were […]

Comedy Central launching Twitter comedy festival

Comedy Central is launching #ComedyFest, a comedy festival programmed with Twitter. The US cable channel’s five-day event will run between April 29 and May 3. It will kick off with a live stream of a comedy show filmed in Beverly Hills and featuring Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Judd Apatow. It will follow Brooks as […]