Netflix orders second Korean drama

Streaming network Netflix has ordered a second drama original from South Korea in three months – a history-meets-zombies action thriller. After launching in the territory in January 2016, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings publicly committed to investing in South Korean originals. The service went on to order Love Alarm two months ago, and has now commissioned […]

Virgin squares Full Circle with exclusive deal

UK pay TV operator Virgin Media has acquired three seasons of US drama Full Circle. The exclusive agreement means Virgin has taken rights to DirecTV-commissioned Full Circle: Los Angeles (season one of the trilogy), Full Circle: Chicago (S2) and Full Circle: Miami (S3). Virgin has been pushing into exclusive content in order to differentiate against […]

Ex-BT channels boss joins Virgin content push

UK pay TV provider Virgin Media has hired a former content chief at BT TV as it pushes further into original and exclusive programming, TBI has learned. David Twallin has joined the Liberty Global-owned cable service as head of programming after a three-year spell as head of channels at BT TV, a role that saw […]

Virgin expands Kingdom with second exclusive

Virgin Media’s push into exclusive UK programming has continued with the acquisition of mixed martial arts-themed US drama Kingdom. The UK pay TV platform will launch the Endemol Shine International-distributed Byron Balasco series in April 1 on its VOD service. The deal comprises 30 one-hours and follows on from the deal that saw Virgin bag […]

Kingdom among new dramas on Sky Germany

The AXN channel in Germany has picked up Kingdom, the Endemol Shine-distributed MMA drama. The show was originally made as an original for US pay TV platform DirecTV. Sony’s AXN is carried on the Sky pay TV platform in Germany. Sky will preview the show on its Sky Go on-demand service a week ahead of […]

icflix buys Endemol Shine MMA drama

Middle Eastern SVOD service icflix has acquired MMA drama Kingdom from Endemol Shine Group. The gritty drama, from Byron Balasco, has gone live on the platform in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) states and North Africa. The DirecTV drama, set in California, follows an MMA legend (Frank Grillo) that runs a gym along with his […]

DirecTV orders more MMA drama Kingdom

US pay TV platform operator DirecTV has ordered 20 more episodes of MMA drama Kingdom, which it will release in 10-episode batches in 2015 and 2016. Endemol Studios produces the US drama and Endemol Worldwide Distribution launched it internationally at MIPCOM last week. The series is a family drama set in California against a backdrop […]

Bravo Canada buys Endemol’s Kingdom

Bell Media has acquired MMA drama series Kingdom for its specialty channel Bravo. The series launched this week on DirecTV in the US and will launch next week (October 13) on Bravo. Endemol Studios produces the series and Endemol Worldwide Distribution sells it. EWD is launching the show internationally at MIPCOM next week with Frank […]

Endemol inks pact with Kingdom creator

Endemol Studios has tied writer and showrunner Byron Balasco into a first-look deal. Balasco is the creator of Endemol-produced Kingdom, the straight-to-series MMA drama satellite platform DirecTV is launching on October 8. Under terms of his two-year deal with Endemol’s US drama studio he will develop and supervise new projects. The pact marks Endemol Studios’ […]