BBC Studios names Netflix alum to head up LA production arm

BBC Studios (BBCS) has appointed former Netflix exec Rob Smith as general manager of its production business in LA. His remit includes overseeing all creative and business responsibilities for the production arm in LA, as well as exploring new opportunities for the division and collaborating with BBCS’s UK operations on format initiatives. He takes up […]

Netflix taps Piv Bernth’s prodco for Danish podcast drama, strikes Canal+ deal

Netflix has greenlit an adaptation of acclaimed podcast Equinox 1985 that will be produced by Apple Tree Productions, the ITV Studios-backed company founded by former DR drama chief Piv Bernth. Equinox is a six-part series that will be created by Tea Lindeburg, produced by Dorte Riis Lauridsen and exec produced by Bernth, who was behind […]

Netflix strikes landmark deal for global rights to ‘Seinfeld’

Netflix has picked up global streaming rights to US sitcom Seinfeld in a major coup for the business. The streaming giant has struck a deal with Sony Pictures Television for all nine seasons of the show, which are set to launch on the platform in 2021. The five-year deal comes on the back of Netflix losing […]

‘Chernobyl’, ‘Game Of Thrones’ win big at Creative Arts Emmys

HBO’s Game Of Thrones and Chernobyl emerged as the top winners at the weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies.  Held across Saturday (14 September) and Sunday nights, the awards salute outstanding artistic and technical achievement in television. The first night’s awards honoured artists and craftspeople in reality, variety special, documentary, animated programme and short-form animation, […]

ITV commissioner Ben Kelly joins Netflix’s unscripted team

ITV commissioner Ben Kelly is joining Netflix’s non-scripted team out of London. The exec, who previously served as an entertainment commissioner for the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? broadcaster, is to serve as manager of non-fiction series for Netflix, looking after global entertainment formats out of the UK. Kelly’s credits include the rebooted Who […]

Netflix appoints former BBC Studios exec for Southeast Asia, Oz

Netflix has appointed former BBC Studios (BBCS) exec Myleeta Aga to oversee programming for the service in Southeast Asia and Australia and unveiled an expanded deal with Karan Johar. Aga was until recently in interim charge of BBC Studios’ operations across Asia, a role she took up in July after former chief David Weiland returned […]

Lightbox scores Netflix Original with feature doc ‘Tell Me Who I Am’

Netflix has commissioned Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn’s Lightbox for a feature doc on memory loss entitled Tell Me Who I Am. The Netflix Original, produced by Simon Chinn, is to premiere at next month’s BFI London Film Festival before launching on the streaming giant on 18 October. The film tells the story of Alex […]

Netflix orders first Belgian original, expands Korean offering

Netflix has unveiled its first Belgian original series, a novel adaptation that has Narcos producer Jason George attached as showrunner and local duo Inti Calfat and Dirk Verheye (Over Water) onboard to direct. Into The Night is a six-part series written and created by George, who also serves as executive producer. Entre Chien et Loup […]

TBI Weekly: Streaming evolution leaves Netflix out on its own

The end of August traditionally signals the end of vacations and a return to work for most in the northern hemisphere but for those in charge of nascent streamers and established players, it’s been a busy month. Following a flurry of summertime activity, attention is now turning back onto Netflix to see how it might […]

Netflix adapts ‘Chasing Hillary’ for political drama, expands Swedish offering

Netflix has handed out a commission for a political drama based on New York Times journalist Amy Chozick’s book Chasing Hillary and ordered a Swedish scripted series from Lisa Langseth (Euphoria). The Girls on the Bus will follow four female journalists as they track presidential candidates in the US and is being exec produced by […]

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