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Anonymous hits UK with Playground exec leading new prodco

Sophie Gardiner is exiting Playground Television to lead a new production outfit that has True Detective producer Anonymous Content backing it. She will lead Chapter One as managing director, aiming to create high-end television drama and film. LA-based producer and management firm Anonymous, which has been long been connected with a UK launch, is partnering […]

The State creator Peter Kosminsky preps cyber drama for C4

The State (pictured), Wolf Hall and Britz creator Peter Kosminsky has teamed with Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment to develop a new cyber warfare drama for Channel 4 (C4). The working title for the show is currently The Undeclared War. It reunites Kosminsky and Playground after their work together on Golden Globe-winning series Wolf Hall. Kosminsky is […]

Returning miniseries

Distributors will tell you that if they could have one drama production in their portfolio it would be an evergreen returning franchise that rakes in the cash year after year. But this doesn’t alter the fact that TV movies, minis and limited runs are also regarded as valuable assets and are increasingly getting recommissioned as […]

Fifty Fathoms exec joins Playground in rejig

Fifty Fathoms’s head of development, Melissa Gallant, is joining Wolf Hall producer Playground Entertainment, which has restructured its UK team. Gallant has been named creative director at Playground, where she will work alongside Katie Draper, who has been promoted to the same position. At the same time, existing Playground creative director Sophie Gardiner (pictured) has […]

Sovereign drama

Top drama producers tell Jesse Whittock about the small screen’s enduring fascination with royalty. The £100 million (US$125 million) budget Netflix’s drama The Crown (above) was reportedly handed isn’t quite the estimated £369 million it’s going to take to renovate Buckingham Palace’s 775 rooms, but is certainly one of the biggest purses to which a […]

CEE nets bag All3 factual

All3Media International has closed its first deals since announcing former chief Louise Pedersen was returning to the company. The sales arm of UK production group All3Media has shopped 180 hours to broadcasters in central and eastern Europe, including a package deal with Russian pay TV network First HDTV. This agreement sees First’ Eureka and Outdoor […]

Playground developing refugee crisis drama

Drama producer Playground Entertainment has secured rights to The New Odyssey – The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis, which comes from journalist Patrick Kingsley. Transatlantic prodco Playground is developing the property into a “major new TV series” through its UK office after signing an option deal with Guardian News and Media. Kingsley was in 2015 […]

Starz boards BBC Two Poliakoff drama

US premium cable channel Starz has signed on as coproducer of BBC Two drama Close to the Enemy, which comes from writer Stephen Poliakoff. The deal with distributor All3Media International hands Starz exclusive US premium rights to the six-part drama. Writer Poliakoff was attached to previous Starz drama Dancing on the Edge. He will write […]

In the spotlight: Colin Callender

Wolf Hall producer Colin Callender reveals the influences that have shaped a five-decade career spanning television drama, film and theatre Colin Callender’s career began in British network television in the 1970s at ITV network Granada. After running indie Primetime Television and launching his own firm, The Callender Company, he moved to the US to work […]

Colin Callender’s Playground adds another UK exec

Playground Entertainment, the fast-growing prodco run by former HBO programming chief Colin Callender, has hired another UK exec as it staffs up its London office, with Tom Leggett joining as director of development. Leggett (left) joins from Channel 4’s UK digital movie service, Film4. He will work with broadcasters and talent as the Wolf Hall […]