Update: Lifetime says Aaliyah film will proceed

Lifetime has told TBI that its Aaliyah: Princess of R&B TV movie will go ahead as planned. The family of the R&B star, who died in a plane crash in 2001, said earlier this week that they are not behind the project and one of the singer’s uncles and a former manager reportedly said they […]

Family of Aaliyah may seek to block Lifetime biopic

The family of Aaliyah have expressed concern about Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, the planned Lifetime biopic of the R&B singer who died in a plane crash in 2001 aged 22. A tweet posted on the official Aaliyah Twitter account yesterday read: “Fans we hear your comments and concerns !! unfortunately we cannot confirm the family […]

Dance Moms gets UK remake

A+E Networks has ordered a UK version of reality series Dance Moms for its female-skewing channel Lifetime. ITV Studios-owned producer Shiver will make the UK version of the series, which will be called Dance Mums and launch later this year. It marks the first time the US-originated format has been remade locally. Dance Mums will […]

Ob docs: obsolete or of the moment?

Rumblings that the ob doc trend is stifling creativity on both sides of the Atlantic have divided the factual programming industry. Is the genre coming to the end of its cycle, or is it simply evolving, asks Jesse Whittock The commissions of History’s Pawn Stars and American Pickers in 2009 and 2010 respectively ushered in […]

Lifetime channel launching in Lat-Am

A+E Networks’ female-skewing channel Lifetime is launching in Brazil and Latin America. The A+E channels in Lat-Am are run as a three-way joint venture between A+E, Ole Communications and Sony Pictures Television. Eddy Ruiz, president and general manager of A+E Networks Latin America will be general manager for the new channel. Sony’s channels are distributed […]

MIPTV 2014: A+E hopes Flowers in the Attic blooms

A+E Networks is launching the new Flowers in the Attic (pictured) TV movie at MIPTV. It will also have follow-up, Petals on the Wind, giving it the first two adaptations from the VC Andrews quartet of books. Both shows are 1x2hrs. In the US, Flowers in the Attic launched on female-skewing cable net Lifetime in […]

News brief: Lifetime dropping Drop Dead Diva

US cable net Lifetime has said that comedy drama series Drop Dead Diva will come to an end after its upcoming sixth season. The Sony Pictures Television-produced show follows a model who dies and finds her soul resurfacing in the body of a talented, overweight lawyer. The body-swap series was created by Josh Berman (Bones, […]

Lifetime gambles on The Lottery

US cable net Lifetime has commissioned a conspiracy thriller titled The Lottery – the A+E Networks-owned channel’s second scripted greenlight in days. Last week, female-skewed Lifetime ordered 10 episodes of Un-Real, a drama set behind-the-scenes at a popular reality TV show. The Lottery will also be 10 episodes and is set in a dystopian future […]

Warner Bros’ Shed poaches BBCWW Top Gear exec

The US division of Warner Bros.-owned producer Shed has recruited John Hesling as its senior VP, programming. Hesling joins Shed Media US from the BBC Worldwide’s LA production base where he was executive producer of motoring series Top Gear, the US version of which he launched on cable net History in 2010. In the newly […]

A+E greenlights first fully-owned scripted series

A+E Networks has commissioned its first fully-financed, produced and controlled scripted series. Un-Real, a “dark comedy [that] gives a behind-the-scenes look at the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition programme”, has been lined up for female-skewed cable channel Lifetime. In-house production arm A+E Studios will fully finance and produce the show, with A+E […]

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