Original Programming


Hulu and Telemundo expand content pact

Hulu has inked a further deal with NBCUniversal’s Telemundo to provide more Spanish-language titles for the platform. The deal, which was announced at Telemundo’s Upfronts last night, will see Hulu add 28 Spanish-language series to its catalogue. Shows include El Señor de los Cielos, Señora Acero, Alguien Te Mira, La Casa de al Lado, Perro Amor, The Riveras and I Love […]

BBC Studios invests in drama start-up Moonage Pictures

BBC Studios has acquired a minority stake in British scripted drama start-up Moonage Pictures. Moonage consists of founders, Matthew Read – former commissioning editor for BBC Drama, Will Gould and Frith Tiplady – former co-MDs at Tiger Aspect. The trio have been instrumental in making hit original British dramas including Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street, The […]

Sky Italia to co-produce Clooney’s Catch 22 as C4 brings it to the UK

Sky Italia has confirmed that it will co-produce George Clooney (pictured) drama Catch-22, alongside Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and Smokehouse Pictures, as the UK’s Channel 4 (C4) prepares to air the adaptation in 2019. The six-part series is adapted from the 1961 anti-war novel of the same name by Joseph Heller. Catch-22, which is being […]

Arte picks up rights to BBC drama Trust Me

Producer/distributor Studiocanal has licensed four-part limited series Trust Me to European cultural channel Arte. The character-led drama stars Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) as a hardworking nurse forced to take drastic measures when she loses her job. Produced by Red Production Company, it was a ratings success for BBC One in the UK with the […]

Thunderbird options Canadian novel The Marrow Thieves

Canada’s Thunderbird Entertainment has optioned Cherie Dimaline’s novel, The Marrow Thieves. The book, which won The Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature, will be adapted as a limited series for television. The Marrow Thieves takes place in a not-too-distant future after humanity has nearly destroyed the world through global warming. Now an even […]

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 […]