Original Programming


Federation secures distribution rights to Italian thriller

Federation Entertainment has acquired the global rights to distribute Don’t Leave Me (Non Mi Lasciare), an 8 x 50 minute Venetian thriller from Paypermoon Italia and broadcaster RAI. Set against the backdrop of Venice’s canals and lagoons, the Italian language drama focuses on the brutal murder of a child. The central character is police deputy […]

BBC Two orders Riz Ahmed original among new slate

BBC Two has ordered a new original drama from actor and comedian Riz Ahmed (pictured) and commissioned a slate of new programming. Englistan, created by Ahmed and produced by BBC Studios Drama London in association with Left Handed Films, was commissioned by Patrick Holland, controller of BBC Two. The series tells the story of three […]

Amazon to up video spend throughout 2018

Amazon said it plans to increase its spend on video throughout 2018, after the company more than doubled its profits in Q1. Speaking on Amazon’s first quarter earnings call, chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky said that “video content spend will increase year-over-year” and predicted that strength areas like Amazon Web Services, and advertising will continue to […]

Netflix continues to invest in sci-fi with new original

Netflix has ordered sci-fi drama Another Life, as it continues to commission titles in the genre. The ten-episode series stars Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) as an astronaut on a mission to explore alien intelligence. Niko Breckenridge (Sackhoff) leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. As she and her […]

UKTV orders first doc from BBC Studios for W

UKTV has ordered documentary series Sex, Knives and Liposuction from BBC Studios’ Science Unit, a first for the network. The 3×60 minute doc fronted by Cherry Healey will be placed on W, UKTV’s premium entertainment channel. UKTV’s original will follow Healey as she immerses herself in the contradictory and complex world of cosmetic surgery. Recently […]

Keshet launches ‘alternate reality’ drama at Series Mania

Israeli-backed producer/distributor Keshet International is partnering with Israeli cable company HOT and United Studios of Israel on a new drama Autonomies. The show is being launched at Series Mania (April 27-May 5) where it will also compete in the event’s Official Competition next week. A dystopian drama starring some of Israel’s top acting talent, Autonomies […]

Parable moves to TV with first VR original for C4

Channel 4 has commissioned its first virtual reality original from VR studio Parable, named Grenfell: Our Home, as the studio moves to television. Grenfell will be an immersive documentary that tells the stories of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, focusing on their lives and homes before the fire. The piece will premiere at Sheffield […]

Netflix orders reboot of Maupin’s Tales Of The City

SVOD platform Netflix has greenlit a new TV version of Tales Of The City, Armistead Maupin’s classic series of novels about life in San Francisco, with its particular emphasis on the LBTQ+ community. The show will be a 10-part limited series produced by Working Title TV and NBCUniversal International Studios. The showrunner and writer of […]

UK’s Breaking Fourth launches VR series Bro Bots

British virtual reality studio Breaking Fourth has launched a new virtual reality (VR) series, Bro Bots, during the Tribeca Film Festival. The first six-minute episode, entitled Bro Bots Go Sky High, premiered yesterday during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival as part of Samsung VR Video’s Pilot Season. Samsung VR Video Pilot Season is a new […]

Endemol Shine & Viu to adapt The Bridge for Asia

Asian VOD service Viu has teamed with Endemol Shine Group (ESG) to produce a localised, ten-episode adaptation of the internationally successful title The Bridge. The adaptation will air on Viu in late 2018 and is set to become ESG’s first scripted content project in Asia for an OTT service. It is expected to shoot in […]