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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 […]

Pivot, BBCWW visit BBC One’s Capital

Buyers from the UK, Canada and Australasia have acquired BBC One drama Capital from FremantleMedia International. Participant Media-owned Pivot took the US rights, with Shaw buying them in Canada and BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm, taking them in Australia and New Zealand. Capital comes from writer Peter Bowker and producer Kudos, and is based […]

NBCU’s Working Title gets new UK boss

NBCUniversal-backed drama prodco Working Title Television UK has hired former Kudos prodcuer Andrew Woodhead as its new managing director. He fills a role vacated by Juliette Howell, whose exit from Working Title was announced last year. She has since created a new prodco with former Film4 chief Tessa Ross. Working Title is based in London […]

Isaacs exits Kudos, reunites with Featherstone

Dan Isaacs (below left) is leaving his post as co-CEO of Endemol Shine Group-owned Kudos to reunite with former production partner Jane Featherstone, who recently revealed her new indie. Isaacs’ co-chief executive Diederick Santer (below right) will now lead Kudos as its sole CEO, with Warner Bros Television Production UK group commercial and business affairs […]

Liz Murdoch ‘investing in Featherstone firm’

Shine Group founder Liz Murdoch is set to reunite with Jane Featherstone by investing in new production company Sister Pictures. According to the Financial Times, Murdoch has held talks with Featherstone over a small, private investment in Sister, which Featherstone launched yesterday. Featherstone produced significant series such as Broadchurch and Spooks while Murdoch was in […]

Jane Featherstone creates new prodco

Former Kudos boss Jane Featherstone has unveiled her new production company, which is named Sister Pictures. Featherstone left Endemol Shine Group-owned Kudos in spring last year after producing series such as Hustle, Broadchurch and The Tunnel. Joining Featherstone from her former firm is Katie Carpenter, who is named head of development at Sister. Carpenter was […]

Troy among a raft of BBC commissions

The BBC has ordered several new shows including Fall of a City, an epic period drama about the fall of Troy. The UK pubcaster also confirmed a 1x90mins TV version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with Doctor Who scribe Russell T Davies (left) adapting the Shakespeare play for BBC One. Troy: Fall of a City […]

Kudos in development rejig

Endemol Shine Group drama label Kudos has reshuffled its development team, with divisional head Naomi de Pear moving into a production role. Jo Strevens, who was story producer on Kudos-produced Sky/Canal+ coproduction The Tunnel: Sabotage, will replace de Pear as head of development. She has been with the UK-based Kudos since last year, and will […]

AMC populates global nets with Humans

AMC has landed exclusive first-run rights to sci-fi drama Humans for its international channel feeds. AMC Global will run the 8x60mins first season in all territories (except the UK where it is on coproducer Channel 4) after a deal with distributor Endemol Shine International. The networks will also get the second season, which is planned […]

Acorn buys EST for ESI’s Humans

US streaming and download service Acorn has acquired electronic sell-through rights to Humans, the English-language remake of Swedish drama Real Humans. The show has been well received on Channel 4 in the UK and AMC in the US and Acorn, part of Agatha Christie rights owner RLJ, will sell EST and home entertainment in the […]