MGM Television


Netflix declines second coming for controversial ‘Messiah’ drama

Netflix has cancelled MGM Television-produced thriller Messiah after just one season. The series followed Michelle Monaghan as a CIA agent investigating a mysterious and charismatic man (Mehdi Dehbi), whose followers believed him to be the return of Jesus Christ. The news was confirmed by series star Wil Traval, who wrote on social media: “It’s a […]

MGM bolsters UK unscripted team with Primal Media addition

MGM has continued to ramp up its recently minted UK unscripted team by appointing Primal Media’s Paul Evans to head up development. Evans most recently held the same role at UK prodco Primal Media and worked on shows including Channel 4’s Home Free and ITV’s gameshow Bigheads. Prior to that, he had spells with producers […]

HBO Max orders Mark Burnett business format ‘The Big Shot’

HBO Max has ordered eight episodes of The Big Shot with Bethenny (wt), a new business reality competition series from MGM Television, The Apprentice creator Mark Burnett, and reality star Bethenny Frankel and her B Real Productions. In each half-hour episode, contestants will compete for a chance to be second-in-command to Skinnygirl founder Frankel, and win a position […]

MGM hires Two Halves co-founder to bolster UK-based unscripted division

MGM Television has further expanded its unscripted interests by appointing the co-founder of All3Media-backed Two Halves Pictures into a new London-based role. Richard Bedser becomes EVP of factual series, documentaries and specials at MGM, reporting into president of unscripted & alternative Barry Poznick. Bedser launched Two Halves with Gina Cronk in 2016, with All3 backing […]

MGM hires Channel 4 alum to head new UK-based unscripted arm

MGM Television is setting up an unscripted arm in the UK and has appointed former Channel 4 and BBC exec Dom Bird to run it. MGM International Unscripted Content will be based out of London and will develop existing formats locally, as well as creating original UK-based ideas. Bird, who reports into MGM’s president of […]

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 […]

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