Original Programming


Jeremy Piven’s CBS drama dropped

US broadcaster CBS has dropped Wisdom of the Crowd, which stars the under-fire Jeremy Piven. The show, based on an Israeli format, will not get a back order, with the remaining episodes of its 13-episode initial run staying in their 8pm Sunday slot until completion. The drama, which is from Universal Television and CBS Television […]

House of Cards hiatus extended

The sixth season production of House of Cards has extended its hiatus as management deal with the fallout of sexual misconduct claims made about its former leading star Kevin Spacey. Netflix and production partner Media Rights Capital (MRC) fired Spacey earlier this month and shut down prospects of any future productions of the series. Season […]

History to investigate Grenfell Tower tragedy

History in the UK will investigate tragic events that changed Britain such as the Grenfell Tower fire in a new six-part series. James Nesbitt: Disasters That Changed Britain will debut on the A+E Networks pay TV in early 2018, with the eponymous Nesbitt (Cold Feet, Lucky Man) presenting. Each self-contained episode will deal with a […]

MTG preps ‘biggest ever’ drama from Norway

MTG’s production arm is lining up a drama series for broadcaster TV3 and SVOD service that’s billed as “one of Norway’s biggest ever” dramas. The total budget of MTG Studios’ Wisting was not revealed, but the Norwegian Film Institute is alone investing NOK10.5 million (US$1.3 million). MTG Studios has been ramping up production to supply […]

Netflix introduces Korean stand-up original

Netflix is set to launch a South Korean stand-up special with YG Entertainment featuring Yoo Byung-Jae, as it looks to introduce the format to a Korean audience. Stand-up comedy is a relatively unknown genre in Korea and will mean a new experience for viewers, according to the streaming service. The special will also be available […]

Netflix lines up Benelux & Colombian originals

SVOD service Netflix has commissioned its first original series from Colombia and the Benelux region. In Latin America, it is working with Narcos producer Dynamo to create a currently untitled detective drama, while Undercover is a Belgian-Netherlands coproduction. The Colombia series will go into production in summer 2018, and follows a young detective and her […]

‘FAANG effect’ creating UK production shortages

Research by Creative Skillset (CS), the industry skills body for the screen-based creative industries in the UK, shows that the boom in quality television caused by FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google) may lead to a production talent shortage. While the UK production sector is enjoying a boom, driven by recent SVOD demand and […]

Cinemax copro among new Sky originals

UK pay TV service Sky is working up a London-set gangster thriller as a coproduction with US premium network Cinemax. Gangs of London (WT) is one of a number of new shows Sky unveiled at an event in the UK last night, with the others including the Lenny James-penned Save Me and Benedict Cumberbatch-fronted Patrick […]

ZDFE packaging ‘envelope-pushing’ drama

Germany’s ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) is working with LA’s Rosa Entertainment to package an “envelope-pushing” drama from Jason and Chris Thornton. The commercial arm of German pubcaster ZDF has pre-bought The Incorruptibles, and will handle international distribution. Rosa’s Sidney Sherman is executive producer, alongside ZDFE’s Robert Franke and the Thornton brothers, who are both writer/directors. The […]

HBO greenlights Spanish-language comedy

HBO has given the green light to a Spanish-language comedy pilot named Mexico City: Only Good Things Happen. The half-hour series is created by Portlandia star and producer Fred Armisen (pictured left), Broadway Video and Más Mejor. The comedy follows a group of friends obsessed with horror films and monster makeup in present day Mexico. […]

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