Exclusive: Shinawil, Reel One & Dominic Schreiber link for dark comedy ‘Our Father’

Former Newen exec Dominic Schreiber has linked up with Clean Sweep producer Shinawil and Canada’s Reel One Entertainment on a new drama from A Patch Of Fog writers, Michael McCartney and John Cairns. Our Father, which has been selected for the copro pitching session at Series Mania on Tuesday, follows streetwise criminal Danny Burns, who […]

How to secure investment in your company, by those who’ve done it

Scripted costs have surged over recent years, with streamers’ demands supercharging the market. Nick Edwards explores how indies can use financial support to leverage their shows – and their companies – into the big league. During a global pandemic, it is little surprise that demand for drama has soared. And, with so much scripted being […]

Newen Connect appoints Banijay alum Andrew Sime to lead on formats

French distributor Newen Connect has hired former Banijay Rights exec Andrew Sime to lead its format business. Sime takes the newly created role of head of format sales at the French outfit and will work with Newen-owned production companies including Tuvalu, De Mensen and Izen on IP. He will also partner with broadcaster parent TF1 […]

Scripted round-up: US remake for Belgium’s ‘Team Chocolate’; Showtime adapts Swedish book for TV; Netflix reveals ‘All The Light We Cannot See’

LA-based STXtelevision has teamed with Newen’s Reel One Entertainment to develop and produce an English-language adaptation of Belgian drama Team Chocolate. The two companies have secured format rights from French independent distributor Wild Bunch TV and are planning a show for US audiences based on the Belgian series. The original show follows a young man […]

Newen’s Pupkin launches “witty” women-focused Juliet label

Newen-backed prodco Pupkin in the Netherlands is launching Juliet, a new label concentrating on “witty stories” with a focus on cross-over and family productions. Pupkin, which is part of the Tuvalu Media Group owned by Newen, will meanwhile maintain its focus on producing true crime programming. The company recently took a majority stake in WBM, […]

Newen cements European expansion with Flare Film acquisition

TF1-owned French production group Newen has acquired a majority stake in German production company Flare Film. The acquisition expands on the existing collaboration between the two groups, including in distribution with Newen Connect. This partnership will be “reinforced and complemented” by co-productions and IP exchanges. Newen MD Romain Bessi described the German market as “the […]

Newen’s Pupkin buys into ‘Penoza’ director’s prodco WBM

Newen-backed Pupkin in the Netherlands has taken a majority stake in WBM, the prodco founded by Penoza writer-director Willem Bosch. The deal will see Pupkin working with WBM on new concepts and development of films and series, with Bosch writing, directing and producing for the prodco exclusively. Financial details have not been revealed. Bosch is […]

Apple TV+ orders first Anglo-French drama from ‘Spiral’ scribe

Apple TV+ has expanded its European originals with its first Anglo-French drama, which has been written by Spiral’s Virginie Brac. Liaison is being co-produced by Newen-owned Ringside Studios and Leonis Productions, with Stephen Hopkins (24) attached to direct. Brac is writing, while the cast includes Black Swan’s Vincent Cassel, Eva Green (Proxima) and Ozark’s Peter […]

A+E buys into Newen’s Canadian prodco Reel One

A+E Networks has taken a 35% stake in Reel One Entertainment, the Canadian producer-distributor owned by French group Newen. The deal, which will see Newen remain the majority owner of the firm, is designed to help Reel One to expand production and distribution in North America, as well as increasing more TV content. Reel One, which […]

Hal Vogel & Ringside launch new firm Slate, as Daybreak co-founders exit

Daybreak Pictures co-founders David Aukin and Hal Vogel are leaving the Tinopolis-owned UK producer, with the latter launching a new company. Vogel’s Slate Entertainment will work on international scripted projects for both film and TV, and is being backed by Ringside Media, the investment arm of Ringside Studios. The latter was launched by ex-Channel 4 drama chief […]

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