Orphan Black


BBC’s Orphan Black gets Japanese remake

BBC Worldwide has signed a format deal with Telepack to allow for a Japanese remake of science fiction thriller Orphan Black, it was announced at Asia TV Forum & Market. This marks the first time the series will be remade outside of the US and BBC Worldwide (BBCWW)’s first scripted format in Asia. Orphan Black is to […]

BBCWW series for Brazilian SVOD service

Brazilian SVOD service Looke has scored a 200-hour programming deal with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. Looke launched last September as a hybrid SVOD and pay-per-view platform comprising 7,500 titles, and will soon have a number of BBCWW shows on offer. This includes an exclusive two-month window on Sky 1 drama Critical, […]

Orphan Black studio restructures as Boat Rocker

Canada’s Temple Street Productions has created a parent unit that will house an expanded group of content, rights and ventures companies. Boat Rocker Media’s creation comes after Fairfax Financial acquired Orphan Black coproducer Temple Street last year. It will be based in Toronto, with offices in New York and LA. Consolidated in the parent firm are […]

South African SVOD service buys BBCWW shows

South African subscription on-demand platform MTN FrontRow has acquired BBC Worldwide shows Sherlock and Planet Earth through a deal with rights broker Vubiquity. The deal also includes crime drama Luther, period drama Call the Midwife, documentary series Africa and children’s shows such as Charlie and Lola. Orphan Black, Ripper Street, Happy Valley, Top of the […]

Finance group buys Orphan Black producer

The Toronto-based prodco behind BBC America sci-fi drama Orphan Black has been sold to a Canadian financial group. Fairfax Financial Holdings has acquired a majority stake in Temple Street Productions for an undisclosed amount. Among the plans for the new investment is for Temple Street to explore acquiring rival companies as it expands operations in […]

Temple Street gets into gaming

Canadian prodco Temple Street has launched TS Games, a new division that will develop mobile games. TS Games will be part of the Canada-based prodco’s digital division Temple Street Media Ventures. The new unit will have a team of six. On the TV side, Temple Street’s credits include Orphan Black and kids series The Next […]

Worldwide strikes worldwide SVOD deals

BBC Worldwide has struck a raft of deals with digital platforms around the world, shopping 2,300 hours of its content to buyers including Tencent in China, Amazon in Germany and fledgling Israeli SVOD service from telco Cellcom. Cellcom has acquired a drama package including Sherlock, Orphan Black and Luther (pictured). Amazon has also picked up […]

Canada Netflix rival buys UK, US sci-fi

Project Latte, the upcoming Canadian OTT service from telco and broadcast group Bell, has bought several big-ticket sci-fi and fantasy drama series from the UK and US. It has licensed Doctor Who and Orphan Black from BBC Worldwide and US superhero series Arrow and its spin-off The Flash (pictured) from Warner Bros International Television Distribution. […]

Shaftesbury finds teen trilogy Wondrous Strange

Canada’s Shaftesbury has acquired TV adaptation rights to the Wondrous Strange young adult fiction franchise. The book series from Toronto’s Lesley Livingston follows the adventures of a young woman that discovers she is the heir to a Faerie realm, and Shaftesbury believes the lead character will land it a greenlit order from a network “Buffy the […]

BBC America goes Almost Royal with first comedy

BBC America has ordered a seven-part half-hour comedy from Burning Bright Productions – a move that marks US cable channel’s first commission in the genre. Almost Royal will follow a pair of young British aristocrats played by Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart whose first trip to the US is filmed by a camera crew. The […]