Skydance weighs Dietland drama with Noxon

Manhattan studio Skydance Media is working on a scripted series from writer-producer Marti Noxon set in the weight-loss industry. Dietland is an adaptation of a novel of the same name from Sarai Walker, and is the first fruits of a new multiyear agreement Noxon and Skydance Television, the TV arm of US-based Skydance. Noxon is […]

BT to show debut of AMC’s Manhattan free-to-air

UK telco BT will be the first UK TV operator to show US drama series Manhattan, making the first episode available free of charge to viewers through its Freeview channel, BT Showcase. The premiere of Manhattan, about the project to develop the atomic bomb during the Second World War, is the latest fruit of BT’s […]

BT, AMC plots free Fear launch in UK

UK pay TV platform BT will make the first episode of Fear the Walking Dead available to all British viewers on its BT Showcase channel on Freeview. AMC launches on Friday (August 28) exclusively on BT TV, but the first episode of Fear, which launched in the US to record-breaking ratings yesterday, will debut on […]

TV production booms at Lionsgate

TV production revenues at US studio Lionsgate nearly doubled year-on-year in its latest financial quarter. Production of shows such as Mad Men, Manhattan and Orange is the New Black brought in US$161.2 million for the three months to December 31, 2014, up from US$82.3 million in the same quarter the year before. The studio produced […]

Bell undercuts Netflix with CraveTV

Canadian telco and TV firm Bell is undercutting Netflix with its C$4 (US$3.52) a month OTT service, CraveTV. The service, previously known as ‘Project Latte’ (because, Bell says, the monthly fee is the same price as a latte), will roll out next Thursday (December 11) and cost half as much as its major rivals, Netflix […]

News brief: Bell buys dramas for SVOD service

Canada’s Bell Media has acquired procedural drama Bosch and period drama Manhattan for its upcoming SVOD service, dubbed ‘Project Latte’. The Bosch deal with Red Arrow International hands Bell exclusive Canadian SVOD rights to the show, which is currently in production on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Atomic bomb drama Manhattan is being billed as Project […]

WGN America lands first unscripted originals

US network WGN America has commissioned its first unscripted original programmes. Docu-drama Outlaw Country comes from Bischoff Herney Entertainment, while docu-series Wrestling with Death comes from ITV Studios-owned Leftfield Pictures. Outlaw Country promises “an unprecedented look at crime” after producers gained full access to a law enforcement agency and a suspected crime family from Buckner, […]

Lionsgate poaches CBS, ITV Studios sales execs

Lionsgate International has bolstered its ranks by appointing a pair of new sales directors at its London office. Mark James joins from CBS Studios International, while Fabio Etienne-Tinchant was most recently at ITV Studios Global Entertainment. James becomes the US studio’s director, sales for central and eastern Europe, while Etienne-Tinchant has taken on the same […]

WGN America orders Ten Commandments original series

US cable channel WGN America has ordered 10-part scripted drama Ten Commandments from the Weinstein Company. Running for 10 nights, each episode of the series will see a different modern interpretation of a Commandment from an A-list director. Wes Craven, Michael Cera, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan and Gus Van Sant are committed to directing an […]

WGN America goes to Manhattan for second original

US station WGN America has ordered its second original drama, a 13-part about the scientists racing to create the first atomic bomb that has The West Wing exec producer Thomas Schlamme attached. Manhattan is written and created by Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex), who will exec produce alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and […]