Lifetime


Lifetime joins BBC Agatha Christie series

Lifetime has become a coproducer on the upcoming BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie novel And Then There Were None. The three-part show will be produced by ITV-owned prodco Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Productions. Set in 1939 England, the murder mystery follows a group of ten strangers lured to a remote island, after which members […]

Time runs out for A.D. on NBC

US broadcaster NBC has axed its Bible-inspired Mark Burnett drama series. A.D. The Bible Continues came from Burnett’s LightWorkers Media, but its ratings have generally failed to match its predecessor series, The Bible, which was a massive hit for cable channel History. A.D. began well, scoring nearly ten million total viewers on Easter Sunday, but […]

Lifetime launches SVOD service

US cable channel Lifetime has launched an over-the-top subscription service offering its library to direct-to-television movies. Lifetime Movie Club will be available to consumers for US$3.99 a month, and comes as the Lifetime Movies brand turns 25. At launch, it will be exclusive to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The service will feature more than […]

TVPlayer to launch UK subs offering

UK over-the-top television platform TVPlayer will launch a subscription service this summer offering live streams of premium TV channels. TVPlayer Plus will offer upwards of 25 premium channels and roughly 100 hours of catch-up content a week for £4.99 (US$7.79) per month – with no fixed contract. Premium networks that will feature as part of TVPlayer […]

Roots, Damien topline A+E slate

A reworking of classic ABC 1970s series Roots and an Omen TV spin-off are the highlights of A+E Networks’ new slate, unveiled in New York yesterday. The new Roots will run across A+E’s A&E, History and Lifetime channels, it said at its Upfront presentation to advertisers. A+E Networks and The Wolper Organization – the company that […]

Lifetime making Full House TV movie

Days after the news that Netflix is rebooting Full House, it has emerged that cable net Lifetime is making a TV movie about the classic US comedy series. Lifetime has form in the TV-series-based TV movie, having made Unauthorized Saved By the Bell, a one-off based on the eponymous comedy series. The Hollywood reporter broke […]

Tom Forman – why you need me if you want to crack the US

The meeting always goes the same way. On one side, you’ve got me and my development exec. On the other, a smart producer from Spain. Or Israel. Or Timbuktu. We’re knee-to-knee in the Majestic lobby. Or camped at a table at the Carlton. If it’s after lunch, we’ve ordered wine. If it’s earlier, we’re pretending […]

Gateley to run Lifetime programming

Liz Gateley has rejoined US cable channel Lifetime to run its programming unit. The former MTV exec has been named executive VP and head of programming at the female-skewed A+E Networks channel. Lifetime has been without a dedicated programming chief since JoAnn Alfano left four years ago, but new Lifetime executive VP and general manager […]

Buyers Briefing: Christian Drobnyk, Lifetime

Name: Christian Drobnyk Title: Senior VP, programming, strategy and acquisitions, Lifetime, A+E Networks Christian Drobnyk commissions and acquires programming for A+E Networks’ flagship female-skewed station, Lifetime. The channel has built up a reputation for its unscripted series, dramas and original movies, and has been rolling out internationally since it debuted in Canada in May 2012. […]

TF1, Antena 3 buy Unreal US drama

French commercial free-to-air broadcaster TF1 and its Spanish equivalent Antena 3 have both acquired Unreal, one of the first scripted series out of A+E’s new fledgling drama studio. Based on Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s independent short film Sequin Raz, the series was made by A+E Studios for A+E female-skewed net Lifetime. The drama takes place on the […]

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