Michael Hirst

Endemol Shine link with Michael Hirst on opium war drama

Endemol Shine Group (ESG) has linked up with Michael Hirst, the screenwriter behind Elizabeth and Vikings, on an adaptation of Amitav Ghosh’s novels The Ibis Trilogy. The show is being produced by ESG-owned Tiger Aspect, which will lead production with newly appointed head of drama, Lucy Bedford, joining executive producers Gub Neal, Justin Thomson and […]

Netflix preps sequel series to History’s ‘Vikings’

Netflix has signed up for a Vikings spin-off from MGM Television and the show’s original creative team.  Michael Hirst’s Vikings: Valhalla begins 100 years after the original History Channel series concludes and follows the adventures of Vikings Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada and the Norman King and Viking descendant William the Conqueror. Initially helmed by […]

Using the UK tax credit to boost trans-Atlantic relations

Patrick Irwin, Justin Thomson-Glover and Louisa Spring – the principals of London and LA-based exec-production, coproduction and financing consultancy Far Moor – discuss how the introduction of the UK TV tax credit should be used to benefit the business on both sides of the Pond. The US cable networks are now looking at their development […]

The Bible and Vikings deliver epic ratings for History

US cable network History said its Mark Burnett-produced series The Bible delivered 14.8 million viewers through launch night and 13.1 million in its 8-10pm Sunday night slot. Another big ticket launch, scripted series Vikings, registered 6.2 million viewers straight after The Bible, giving History a huge ratings night. The Bible’s 14.8 million viewers over the […]