Original Programming


MTV launches MTV Studios, revives Daria

MTV is launching MTV Studios, a new unit focused on developing new series and re-imaginations of its most iconic hits for partners across SVOD and linear. MTV Studios will develop and produce a full slate with a focus on beloved series, franchises and spin-offs that span MTV’s 35-year history. The initial slate will include a […]

Apple orders first international series from Canal +

Apple has ordered an English language adaptation of Canal + French series Calls, which will be co-produced by the network. The 10-episode straight-to-series order marks the first international series greenlit by the tech company. It also makes its first international co-production. As part of the deal, Apple has also acquired the rights to the existing […]

Apple orders immigration anthology series from Big Sick duo

Apple has ordered immigrant anthology series Little America from The Big Sick’s Lee Eisenberg and Alan Yang. Based on true stories from Epic Magazine, the series will explore the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, and surprising stories of immigrants in America. Eisenberg (The Office) and Yang (Master of None) will executive produce. Writers include The Big Sick’s […]

Acorn TV & All3Media team for Aussie drama

Acorn Media Enterprises (AME) has partnered with All3Media International to distribute ABC Australia six-part drama Mystery Road. AME has secured rights to Mystery Road in North America and will have available secondary rights in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Mystery Road will make its North American premiere on Acorn TV, AME’s streaming service […]

House producer signs with Sony Pictures TV

Liz Friedman, the senior producer of top medical drama House, has signed a multi-year deal with Sony Pictures Television. Friedman has acted as writer and producer on a range of top titles. She co-wrote the pilot for Orange Is The New Black with Jenji Kohan and served as executive producer on Marvel’s Jessica Jones. She […]

YouTube Premium launches across 17 territories

YouTube Premium, the rebranded YouTube Red service, will now be available in 17 countries including Canada and the UK. The service offers members YouTube’s music service, plus an ad-free experience and downloads across all of the platform. YouTube Premium members also get access to the full slate of YouTube original shows and movies including hit […]

RTÉ & Irish Film Board pick up four comedy pilots

RTÉ and the Irish Film Board today announced the four projects that have progressed to the next stage in its new scripted comedy initiative. The partnership, which was set up to support new Irish comedy, will see these four become pilots which will air on RTÉ television, with one being selected to become a six-part series. Titles include, […]

‘You get a show!’: Apple signs Oprah to multiyear deal

Apple has signed a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey to create original programming on its upcoming streaming service. Apple said in a statement: “Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world.” There is currently no detail on how much they brought the influential […]

Apple to develop best-selling novel Shantaram

Apple is set to develop Gregory David Robert’s best-selling novel Shantaram, with American Hustle’s Warren Singer serving as the show’s writer. Shantaram, which follows an Australian bank robber who escapes from prison and flees to India, has been a hot property across TV and film with a range of producers wanting to work on adaptations. […]

Apple orders J.J. Abrams music dramedy

Apple has ordered a J.J. Abrams musical dramedy named Little Voices, which will star Waitress duo Sara Barielles and Jessie Nelson. The company made a straight-to-series order of ten episodes, which will feature original music from Barielles. Little Voices has been described as a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York and explores […]

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