MGM Television


Evolution Media names president and adds Studio 71 exec

The Real Housewives of Orange County producer Evolution Media has promoted Alex Baskin to become president of the MGM-backed company, which has also hired a former Studio 71 executive to work across its development slate. Baskin will work with fellow president Douglas Ross to lead the company, setting overall strategy and overseeing day-to-day operations and […]

MGM options young adult sci-fi thriller ‘Aurora Rising’

MGM Television has optioned young adult sci-fi thriller Aurora Rising, written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The novel, published on May 7, is from Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. Bill Todman, Jr. and Edward Milstein (Married To The Mob, Grandma’s Boy, Wild Wild West, Ace Ventura) will executive produce […]

TBI Scripted: Deals for Amazon, MGM, BBC Studios & SF Studios

Amazon greenlights The Power, We Children from Bahnhof Zoo Amazon has greenlit a 10-part series based on Naomi Alderman’s novel The Power from Jane Featherstone’s Sister Pictures. The title, which was optioned by Sister in 2017, is set in a fictitious world in which women gain the ability to electrocute people at will. Alderman has adapted her book for […]

Amazon greenlights Burnett’s Eco-Challenge, partners with Neil Gaiman

Amazon Studios has greenlit a revival of competition series Eco-Challenge from Survivor creator Mark Burnett and Bear Grylls. The SVOD platform has ordered Eco-Challenge 2019, which sends more than 50 teams on a 350-mile race that spans canoeing, mountaineering, whitewater rafting and scuba diving. The program (pictured below), which aired in the 1990s across Discovery Channel […]

Burnett & Darnell create ‘entertainment Olympics’ show for CBS

Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell (below right) have joined forces to conjure up the “Olympics for entertainment” – a format called The World’s Best for US broadcaster CBS. The format is being billed as a “first-of-its-kind global talent competition that features acts from every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet”. Each episode will […]

Mark Burnett’s Contender boxes clever with Epix reboot

The Mark Burnett-created boxing reality series The Contender is returning to US television screens after almost a decade. MGM-owned premium cable channel Epix has commissioned a new run of the show, which has previously aired on NBC, ESPN and Versus (aka NBCSN). Epix is lining up a twelve-part season featuring 16 fighters, with production set […]

Kaling preps Hulu Four Weddings adaptation

Hulu is developing UK movie classic Four Weddings and a Funeral with comedian, producer and creator Mindy Kaling. Kaling (pictured) will work together with executive producer Matt Warburton, who worked with her on The Mindy Project, on the project. The pair will executive produce with the movie’s original writer, Richard Curtis. Jonathan Prince, Tim Bevan […]

MGM to produce Patrick Dempsey drama for Epix

MGM Television, Eagle Pictures and Barbary Films have started production in Montreal, Canada on a ten-part television series starring Patrick Dempsey (pictured). The series will be produced for MGM-owned Epix, a premium cable network. It is based on a novel by Joël Dicker named The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair. Starring Dempsey as Harry […]

Time Warner to produce shows for Snapchat

US media giant Time Warner will produce a series of original programmes for social media platform Snapchat under terms of a new deal. The Warner Bros. and Turner parent has committed to a global media partnership with Snap Inc. that spans everything from media spends to development and production of exclusive shows. The programmes will […]

Channel 4 to tell Handmaid’s Tale in UK

UK terrestrial Channel 4 has acquired buzzy US drama The Handmaid’s Tale from MGM Television. Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) star in the series, which Hulu commissioned in the US, with MGM producing. The story is set in a totalitarian society of the future in which women, many of whom […]