Epix orders Forest Whitaker docuseries inspired by ‘Godfather Of Harlem’ drama

MGM’s US cable network Epix has greenlit a four-part docuseries exploring the true history of Harlem, inspired by its Forest Whitaker-starring drama Godfather Of Harlem. By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times Of Godfather Of Harlem will use interviews, archival footage, evocative imagery and key moments from the scripted series to explore those who took a stand […]

MGM puts ‘Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Robocop’ onto new German SVOD via Zattoo

US studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is rolling out a film and TV streaming service in Germany via local TV provider Zattoo. The MGM SVOD will provide Zattoo subscribers with TV shows including The Handmaid’s Tale, comedy-drama series Get Shorty and movies such as Robocop, Terminator and 21 Jump Street. The service will cost €3.99 […]

News roundup: MGM gets first-look deal with Small World IFT; Lion TV USA inks prank co-pro deal; Vuulr launches new online market event and more…

MGM signs first-look deal with Small World IFT US-based MGM Television’s unscripted and alternative television and Orion Television division has signed a first-look deal with format sourcing company Small World IFT. Under the terms of the deal, MGM will have an exclusive first look at all international formats sourced by Small World as well as […]

‘Fargo’ producer MGM signs first-look co-pro deal with Israel’s Tadmor Entertainment

US studio MGM has signed a two year first-look television deal with Israeli prodco Tadmor Entertainment. MGM, which is currently working on scripted TV projects such as Fargo and The Handmaid’s Tale, will work with Tadmor’s CEO Emilio Schenker to develop and co-produce original scripted series across a variety of genres for global audiences. Tadmor, […]

ViacomCBS ends relationship with ‘Live PD’ producer Big Fish Entertainment

ViacomCBS has “ended its relationship” with Big Fish Entertainment, the MGM-owned producer behind shows such as Black Ink Crew for its VH1 network and Live PD, produced for rival A&E. The US company has been behind a variety of other programming for ViacomCBS networks, including forthcoming Sweet Jesus for CMT and Cartel Crew for VH1. […]

A&E pulls hit cop show ‘Live PD’ in wake of George Floyd killing

US cabler A&E has cancelled its hit unscripted police series Live PD, a week after pulling the show from its schedule in the wake of George Floyd’s death while in police custody. Producer Big Fish Entertainment had recently been handed a commission for another 160 episodes of the prominent US reality cop show but the […]

MGM hires Rola Bauer to head up int’l TV productions

Fargo and The Handmaid’s Tale studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) has hired Rola Bauer as its president of international TV productions. Bauer will oversee development, production and co-productions for MGM’s scripted TV content with an eye on global markets, and reports into MGM TV chairman Mark Burnett. She will be based in Munich but split […]

Former MGM exec joins ’50 Central’ prodco Back Roads to head development

Back Roads Entertainment, the US producer behind BET Network’s 50 Central, has appointed former MGM executive Bret Calvert as VP of development and opened a new HQ in Austin, Texas. Calvert will report to CEO Colby Gaines and is charged with overseeing development and creating original formats for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. He previously […]

Epix orders first in-house drama with Stephen King adaptation

US network Epix has greenlit a series adaptation of Jerusalem’s Lot, based on Stephen King‘s short horror story. Jerusalem’s Lot is the first series to emerge from the MGM-backed network’s in-house Epix Productions. Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody (The Pianist) is attached to lead the series as Captain Charles Boone, with Brody most recently guest-starring […]

Exclusive: All3 poised for Red Arrow Studios as sales process enters final stages

All3Media is leading the pack in its pursuit of Red Arrow Studios, with the sales process for ProSiebenSat.1’s production arm now entering the final stages. TBI understands that All3, which is backed by Liberty Global and Discovery Communications, is the leading contender for Red Arrow, which was put up for sale by ProSieben during the […]

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