Michael Bay

Amazon brings drama with Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

Amazon Prime Video has given the greenlight to a TV adaptation of the Tom Clancy-created Jack Ryan novel character. John Krasinski (American Office) will play the titular character in Jack Ryan, which will run to ten episodes. Alec Bladwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine have all played movie adaptations of Ryan. Skydance Television […]

Sky swoops for Warner Bros.’ The Flash and Forever

UK pay TV platform BSkyB has acquired two drama series launched at this year’s LA Screenings, The Flash and Forever for its flagship channel Sky 1 HD. Both series are distributed by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. The Flash (left) is a spin-off of another superhero series Arrow, which also goes out on Sky1. It […]

WarnerTV boards The Last Ship

Asian entertainment channel WarnerTV has acquired exclusive local rights to US summer drama The Last Ship. The series, which launched in the States on TNT this year and is basic cable’s top-rated new show, will launch on the Asia-Pacific-serving WarnerTV on September 2. The action drama, which Michael Bay executive produces, follows the crew of […]

OTT leads the way on 4K

As if the OTT players weren’t bumping heads with traditional broadcasters enough already, they’ve now claimed the high ground on the latest original programming battlefield: ultra high-definition, also known as 4K. Jesse Whittock and Andy McDonald report While Michael Bay was suffering an autocue-induced meltdown on stage at the Consumer Electronics Show last month, numerous […]

TNT renews hit series Rizzoli, Major Crimes and Perception

US cable network has renewed signature series Rizzoli & Isles as well as drama shows Major Crimes and Perception. Cop series Rizzoli & Isles was the top-ranked basic cable shows through the summer with an average of 8.4 million viewers. The renewal will take it into its fifth season, which will comprise fifteen episodes. The […]

Black Sails plots course to MIPCOM

Starz’s new original pirate series Black Sails will hit the international market for the first time at MIPCOM in October. The series, which comes from Hollywood director Michael Bay and has already been renewed for a second season despite the first not even launching on cable yet, will be sold at the Palais by Starz […]

Starz pirate series sails to second season

Starz has greenlit a second run of its pirate series Black Sails – before the first season has even aired on the US premium cable network. The Michael Bay-produced drama will launch next January on Starz. The eight-episode first season of the authentic pirate adventure follows Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his men, and takes […]

Shooting Starz

Starz has built a solid slate of original programmes in recent years with the Spartacus franchise a cornerstone. As that comes to an end the cable network is looking at ordering more contemporary stories as well as sci-fi to sit alongside its high-end historical drama. Managing director Carmi Zlotnik tells TBI about the original programming […]

A&E developing Michael Bay supernatural cop drama

US cable network A&E is developing a supernatural cop drama from Transformers director Michael Bay and American Horror Story writer James Wong. The broadcaster has ordered a cast contingent pilot for Occult, which centres around a troubled FBI agent who is paired with a new partner that specialises in the supernatural. Occult will be produced […]