Viewpoint: the seven deadly sins of scripted formats

K7 Media founder Keri Lewis-Brown provides some hints on what constitutes a hit, and where the dangers of scripted formats lie. In television, we can spend so much time talking about formats that we risk viewing them as an end in themselves. When talking about formats, particularly in drama and comedy, often what we really […]

HBO Europe adds UK drama veteran, starts Easy Living

HBO Europe has recruited the former drama boss at UK prodco TalkbackThames as it continues its drive into original programming under the stewardship of Antony Root, TBI has learned. The European arm of the US cable giant has brought on Johnathan Young, who has a long list of executive producing credits at TalkBackThames (subsequently split […]

DRG secures HBO Europe dramas

Nice Entertainment Group-owned distributor DRG has acquired rights to a pair of HBO Europe dramas that it had initially licensed to the Time Warner broadcaster as formats. DRG had sold format rights to Umbre (pictured) and Mammon in the past year, and will now sell the finished shows on the international market. Furthermore, DRG has […]

Channel 4 buys French drama Witnesses

Channel 4 has acquired buzzy French drama Witnesses (Les Temoins). The UK commercial broadcaster picked up French-language drama Les Revenants last year and another foreign-language series, Norwegian drama Mammon, earlier this year. Mammon’s lacklustre ratings cast a question over whether the Channel 4 would buy more foreign-language series, but it has now picked up six-part […]

Channel 4 buys Norwegian political drama

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has acquired Mammon, a political drama from Norwegian pubcaster NRK. The deal comes after the British channel had success with another foreign-language series, French drama Les Revenants, last year. Nordic World has closed further deals for the 6x60mins Mammon in the Nordic territories, as well as Beta Films picking up rights […]

Norwegian drama set for US remake, Fox, Chernin attached

A scripted format from Norwegian pubcaster NRK is heading in to the States, with Peter Chernin and 20th Century Fox Television attached to the remake. Mammon is billed as a “tense thriller that sets brother against brother in the world of politics, media and finance”. Its distributor DRG has sold the format to Fox’s production […]