Exclusive: Sky Drama exec joins Anne Mensah at Netflix

Sky Drama’s head of development Lindsay Salt has joined Anne Mensah’s scripted team at Netflix, TBI can reveal.  Netflix has confirmed that Salt will join as a manager out of the London office, working under Mensah. She will begin the role in June. Mensah, the former head of drama at Sky who boarded Netflix earlier […]

Sales round-up: Cineflix Rights, Orange Smarty, Beano Studios

Cineflix Rights scores French deal for Marcella The London-based distributor has sold series one of hit drama Marcella into Canal Plus-owned French channel Polar+. The 8 x 60-minute crime thriller, produced by Buccaneer Media for ITV and Netflix, stars Anna Friel as a Metropolitan police officer investigating a serial killer while dealing with a personal crisis. The drama — […]

Netflix buys second major drama from Youku

Netflix has picked up Youku series I Hear You. The streaming giant has acquired the 24-part romantic comedy from the Chinese streaming giant, which will launch the drama later this week to international subscribers. The deal marks Neftflix’s second major acquisition from Youku, following on from 2017, when the SVOD bought thriller Day And Night. […]

TBI Weekly: Is Netflix killing off nuanced drama? (Column)

As SVODs increasingly rely on punchy dramas to draw eyeballs and differentiate their offerings, some producers and writers are concerned that slow-burning stories are an increasingly rare commodity. As Netflix UK goes in search of ‘hooky’ dramas for their platform, TBI asks whether nuanced scripted fare is an endangered offering in the new TV landscape.  […]

Natural history co-pros unlikely as genre evolves for SVODs

Alastair Fothergill, producer of Netflix’s Our Planet, has warned that SVOD players “will not consider co-productions” around natural history in the future as the digital giants look to plant their flags in the genre. The veteran natural history producer, who left the BBC’s Natural History Unit (NHU) in 2012 to set up Silverback Films, suggested […]

Netflix orders seven-part true crime original ‘Killer Ratings’

Netflix has commissioned Caravan Productions and Quicksilver Media for a seven-part series on a Brazilian TV host and politician accused of orchestrating grisly murders to drive ratings for his crime show. The UK prodcos are to co-produce the series on Wallace Souza (pictured), who rose to fame as the charismatic and outspoken host of Canal […]

Imagine Entertainment hires Netflix exec to drive global expansion

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment has hired a top Netflix exec to lead its global expansion. Swati Shetty is to serve as EVP of international content for the business, whose recent TV credits include Genius: Picasso, Empire and feature doc Pavarotti. She most recently served as director of international originals and acquisitions at Netflix, […]

Hulu’s subscriber base balloons to 28m

Disney and Comcast-backed streaming service Hulu has grown its total customer base to over 28m, including 26.8m paying customers, the outfit has revealed. The news that the SVOD service has added 3.8m paying customers so far this year means its US growth far outpaced that of Netflix, which added 1.7m customers in its home market […]

Obamas unveil first Netflix slate

Higher Ground Productions, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company in partnership with Netflix, has announced its first slate, spanning scripted, unscripted and documentary series. The projects are in different stages of development and are set to be released over the next few years, according to Netflix. They include a biopic of anti-slavery campaigner Frederick […]

Writer’s Room: Comedy is personal – Sarah Scheller

I have been fortunate enough to write two series of The Letdown, a very personal, narrative comedy about modern-day parenting. I have co-written every episode with my work partner, Alison Bell, from early blue-skying, to methodically breaking down stories to physically writing the dialogue. We do it all together. We also work in a program […]

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