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Regal ambitions

Royalty is in vogue. Ahead of the launch of Lionsgate’s series The Royals, TBI speaks with the studio’s TV boss Kevin Beggs, and looks at the other regal offerings in the market. E! is best known for its glossy entertainment programming and awards show coverage, but like many US cable channels last year took the […]

Netflix retains all rights to The Crown

Netflix will retain all rights to upcoming UK drama project The Crown. This moves the streaming service away from the previous model whereby third-parties sell Netflix originals outside its operating territories, and in second windows. With previous big-ticket dramas, Netflix worked with distributors. For example, The Crown producer Sony Pictures Television distributes House of Cards, […]

Netflix confirms British Crown original

Netflix has confirmed the widely-expected announcement of its first UK original, British royal family drama The Crown. News of the project, which has a budget of around $100 million, first broke in May this year. Netflix has remained silent into now. The streaming service has confirmed a 10-part series will debut on Netflix in 2016. […]

Starz greenlights second Outlander

Outlander, Starz’s new fantasy drama, has had a second season greenlit following the Ron D. Moore show’s debut last week. Sony Pictures Television is returning to produce the second season, which will be at least 13 episodes and be based on Diana Gabaldon’s second book in the Outlander series, Dragonfly in Amber. The drama launched […]

Amazon lands US Mad Dogs remake

Amazon Prime Instant Video has reportedly landed the US remake of BSkyB drama Mad Dogs. Left Bank Pictures, the UK-based Sony Pictures Television prodco, is to coproduce a pilot of the scripted format with its parent studio, according to Deadline. This will be part of Amazon’s latest round of piloted projects season, which effectively hands […]

Left Bank boosts Sony TV sales

The acquisition of UK drama company Left Bank Pictures last year has helped a year-on-year third quarter revenue increase for Sony’s television business. Left Bank is the producer behind successful series such as the UK remake of Scandinavian crime drama Wallander (pictured), sports drama The Damned United and US/UK coproduction Strike Back. It joined SPT […]

News brief: Strike Back gets fifth run on Sky 1, Cinemax

Action drama Strike Back has been commissioned for a fifth and final season on UK pay TV channel Sky 1 and US premium net Cinemax. The Left Bank Pictures-produced show’s recommission comes as the series moves into its fourth season this week. Strike Back follows a stealth British military counter-terrorism unit and has broadcast in […]

Sony sets up new prodco with Discovery exec Andreae

Simon Andreae is leaving Discovery to set up his own production company Scarlet Media. Sony Pictures Television is bankrolling the new business and will hold a majority stake as well as distribute its shows internationally. The London-based producer will make factual and fact-ent series for UK and international broadcasters. Andreae is creating the firm and […]

News brief: Strike Back returns for Cinemax, Sky

Pay TV drama series Strike Back is returning for a third season on HBO-owned Cinemax and BSkyB’s Sky 1. The UK’s Left Bank Pictures is back to produce the new season of the thriller, which features a pair of counterterrorism operatives. As with season two, it will launch at San Diego’s Comic-Con International in July, […]

TV M&A specialist acquires rival in int’l push

About Corporate Finance, the television-focused M&A firm that has overseen deals including Tinopolis’ acquisition of A Smith & Co and Sony’s acquisition of Left Bank Pictures, has bought rival Mediatique’s corporate finance unit. The deal will help ACF expand its advisory business into the US TV production market, which is said to be fertile ground for […]