Original Programming


COBA: Brexit ‘threatens UK’s int’l position’

The UK leaving the European Union without a trade deal would “jeopardise” the territory’s position as “Europe’s leading international broadcasting hub”, according an influential trade body. “International broadcasters based here would, reluctantly, be forced to restructure their European operations,” said Adam Minns, executive director of the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA), in an interview with the […]

BBC launches interactive voice drama

The BBC has launched what it describes as its first “interactive voice drama” – an experimental experience for Amazon Alexa devices called The Inspection Chamber. The sci-fi comedy drama, which the BBC claims was inspired by authors like Douglas Adams and Franz Kafka, goes live today today via BBC Taster and the Alexa Skill Store […]

Neighbours getting Turkish remake at Fox

Australian daily soap Neighbours is being remade for the first time in its 32-year history. Turkish network Fox has ordered a local version of the drama following a deal with distributor FremantleMedia International. The original has been consistently broadcast in Australia and the UK for decades, with the first episode appearing down under on Network […]

Netflix officially drops Spacey

Netflix has fired award-winning actor Kevin Spacey, and will no longer produce TV shows and movies starring him after claims of sexual assault were made against him. Following reports that the actor and producer had sexually assaulted Star Trek: Discovery’s Anthony Rapp at the age of 14, and other claims since then, Netflix will no […]

BBC chief: SVOD nets won’t stop £500m shortfall

BBC chief Tony Hall (pictured) has warned a potential £500 million (US$652 million) shortfall in spend of original UK content is up ahead, and that Netflix and Amazon’s models will not help alievate the problem. The director general of the UK’s pubcaster said results of a Mediatique report the BBC has commissioned reveal a “really […]

Netflix orders second German original

SVOD giant Netflix has commissioned a second original drama from Germany. Dogs of Berlin follows Dark, which debuts globally to Netflix subscribers on December 1. The new show will follow two unconventional cops who take up the fight against the criminal underworld in Germany’s capital city. It centres on the murder of a superstar German-Turkish […]

Walking Dead ‘could last 50 years’ – AMC chief

The Walking Dead could be around for 50 years if AMC chief executive Josh Sapan gets his way. The exec told analysts on an earnings call that the series, which remains the biggest scripted series by ratings on TV despite a poor season eight opener by its own standards, had the “franchise” potential to run […]

Tele München to coproduce €26m Rai drama

Tele München Group (TMG) is set to co-produce an eight-hour adaptation of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, said to cost €26 million (US$30.3m). Germany-based TMG will produce the series with 11 Marzo and Palomar and in association with Rai Fiction, and have all worldwide distribution rights outside Italy. The series is set to […]

Facebook wants focus on communities, not consumption

Facebook has again emphasised its video ambitions, but said its aim is to foster communities around content rather than encourage “passive consumption”. Speaking on the company’s third quarter earnings call, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) predicted that over the next three years “the biggest trend in our products will be the growth of video”. He […]

Kaling preps Hulu Four Weddings adaptation

Hulu is developing UK movie classic Four Weddings and a Funeral with comedian, producer and creator Mindy Kaling. Kaling (pictured) will work together with executive producer Matt Warburton, who worked with her on The Mindy Project, on the project. The pair will executive produce with the movie’s original writer, Richard Curtis. Jonathan Prince, Tim Bevan […]

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