Original Programming


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 […]

Network Ten to rebrand streamer with CBS titles in tow

Network Ten is set to launch its rebranded streamer 10 All Access this December with a string of new CBS titles in tow. CBS acquired the Australian broadcaster in November 2017 and will now launch titles One Dollar, Strange Angel and Tell Me A Story on Ten’s platform. Network Ten’s platform will also offer over 7,000 ad-free […]

Netflix round-up: Scandal producer inks overall deal, UCP vet joins int’l originals

Netflix has signed Scandal writer-producer Chris Van Dusen to a multi-year overall deal. Under the deal, Van Dusen will create new series and other projects for the streaming platform. His first will be the Untitled Bridgerton Project, a one-hour drama ordered straight-to-series, based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling novels. Van Dusen will adapt, showrun and exec […]

Snap bets on local originals and media partnerships

Snap has revealed a slate of new UK shows coming to its platform through partnerships with the likes of Sky and Vice as it pivots away from commissioning producers.   Rami Saad, head of international content partnerships for Snap, revealed 16 new localised titles from The Guardian, The Culture Trip, Gleam Futures and long-term partners Sky […]