Original Programming


NENT adds mockumentary to its growing originals slate

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) is set for its latest original Casper Conquers Norway starring Danish comedian Casper Christensen. The eight-part mockumentary series will premiere in autumn 2019 across the Nordic region exclusively on NENT’s streaming service Viaplay. After outraging the Danes with one scandalous joke too many, Christensen (Klovn) has no option but to run away to […]

Hooq reveals three original Indonesian series, partners with Vice Media

Hooq, the Singapore-based streamer that serves Southeast Asia and India, has ordered three original Indonesian titles and partnered with Vice Media for new content. TL;DR is a new talk show on the platform, that will be co-produced by Vice. The youth-skewed titles will focus on current affairs and trending topics. Check Out The Store Next Door is […]

Netflix orders first African original series

Netflix has ordered Queen Sono, a drama about a secret agent, as its first African original series. The news was confirmed by South African talent and Quantico star Pearl Thusi, who tweeted about the series for the first time today. She said: “#QueenSono – Africa’s first Netflix original! A thrilling story about a kickass female spy. […]

Netflix to launch crime procedural set in four different countries

Netflix is set to launch Criminal, a new format-bending procedural series that comprises of 12 unique stories set in four different countries: France, Spain, Germany and the UK. Criminal is a police procedural with a unique premise: it takes place exclusively within the confines of a police interview suite. Each episode, 12×45-minutes, will be in local […]

Viaplay to launch original comedy drama Love Me

Nordic streaming service Viaplay, owned by Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT), is set to launch new original series Love Me by Josephine Bornebusch (Welcome to Sweden). The six-part comedy drama explores how love changes people’s lives whether in the form of friendship, grief or romance. It highlights these relationships through the lives of three generations of Stockholmers. […]

Keshet, ABC team for political drama Black B*tch

Keshet International (KI) has partnered with Australia’s ABC and Screen Australia to bring Blackfella Films’ political drama Black B*tch (WT) to global audiences. Black B*tch focuses on a charismatic and contradictory Indigenous woman who is thrust into national limelight after a horrific event where Australia’s embattled Prime Minister Rachel Anderson sees a publicity goldmine for her party. The […]

TBI Weekly: Spotify re-enters the programming game

Spotify has been reaching out to select producers for new video content as it looks to once again populate its platform with music-focused programming. On the heels of news that the platform has hired Condé Nast Entertainment’s acting president Sarah Elhabashi as its new content business VP, one producer has told TBI that they were approached […]

Canada’s Global preps UK co-pro event series with Shaftesbury

Canadian channel Global has commissioned an original six-part event series, Departure, co-produced by Canada’s Shaftesbury and the UK’s Greenpoint Productions. The drama is directed by Orphan Black’s T.J.Scott with Malcolm MacRury joining as showrunner, and was originally created by Vincent Shiao. It follows the shocking disappearance of Flight 716, a passenger plane that vanishes over the […]

Game of Thrones final season set for April premiere

The eighth and final season of HBO hit Game of Thrones (GOT) is set for an April 2019 premiere. The news arrived from a HBO promo video launched today (13 November), but does not specify the exact day in April which it lands. HBO’s flagship show won multiple Emmy awards this year and its season end […]

Snap’s Nick Bell steps down as content head

Snap’s VP of content Nick Bell is to step down after five years with the company where he made a major push into original programming for the platform. Bell will be succeeded by former Huffington Post CEO Jared Grusd, who was hired this October along with chief business officer Jeremi Gorman. Grusd is chief strategy […]

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