Katie Keenan


Acquired taste: what role does acquisition play in drama?

With original programming more important to networks and services than ever, what role does the acquisition play in drama today? Andy McDonald reports The drama landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. The rise of international SVOD giants like Netflix and Amazon has opened up a world of global taste and helped drive an across-the-board […]

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 – part V

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 reveals why, where and how the genre is evolving, tackling the big issues with anecdotal evidence and data gathered from the world’s top scripted executives. Lights… camera… action! How has binge viewing changed the market for drama?   With global services to feed, the search for universal drama stories has […]

The TBI Scripted Survey 2016 – part I

Drama’s prolonged period in the sun doesn’t seem like ending any time soon. In fact, it feels like it might go on longer than anyone could have predicted. In the US, there are near-on 70 cable channels commissioning shows, while Europe has seen an explosion of free and pay TV channels and producers coming together […]

Channel 5 to re-open X-Files in UK

UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5 has acquired the reboot of US sci-fi drama The X-Files. Various British broadcasters were understood to have been interested in the show, which debuts early next year on US broadcaster Fox, meaning Channel 5 has won out in a bidding war. The show will reunite Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny […]

Heroes Reborn on Channel 5

The UK’s Channel 5 has acquired broadcast rights to NBC’s Heroes Reborn. The show, which resurrected the Heroes sci-fi series, will air on the Viacom-owned broadcaster’s 5* digital free-to-air channel in 2016. Channel 5 has acquired the 13-episode drama from NBCUniversal International Distribution, which is a stablemate of the NBC broadcast network. Heroes Reborn picks […]

Raft of exec appointments at Viacom intn’l channels

Viacom has upped several of senior channel execs at its international channels, appointing a new boss for the BET, Paramount and Spike channels, and creating a new head of acquisitions position for all of its UK channels. Michael Armstrong will continue to lead the international BET and Paramount channel efforts and oversee the launch of […]

Channel 5 bags sought-after Batman spin-off Gotham

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has won the heated battle to acquire Gotham, Warner Bros.’s Batman original story series. Sources had indicated other competitiors such as BSkyB and on-demand service Amazon Prime Instant Video were in the running to acquire the series, which was the most-talked about among international executives at the LA Screenings in May. […]

NCIS: LA for Channel 5 as Desmond steps down

UK terrestrial Channel 5 has acquired season one of CBS procedural NCIS: Los Angeles as its owner, Richard Desmond, steps down as a director ahead of a potential sale. The free-to-air network will begin airing the CBS Television Studios NCIS spin-off, which stars Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J, on February 28 in a 10pm […]

Channel 5 acquires ABC’s Betrayal

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has acquired upcoming ABC scripted series Betrayal from Disney UK & Ireland. The ABC Studios-produced show, set in Chicago, follows a photographer and an attorney who strike up an affair after a chance meeting but find themselves on opposing sides of a murder case. It will launch in the UK this […]