Playground Entertainment

‘The Pact’ prodco Little Door recruits BBC & Playground execs

Little Door Productions, the Welsh firm behind BBC drama The Pact, is expanding its team with the appointment of Playground Entertainment’s Bethan Jones and BBC exec Beth Grant. Jones arrives at the Cardiff-based company as executive producer from Playground Entertainment, which she joined as executive creative director in 2019. During her time there, she executive […]

Channel 5 & PBS Masterpiece extend ‘All Creatures’ for two seasons

ViacomCBS-owned Channel 5 in the UK and PBS Masterpiece in the US have handed a double season renewal to period drama All Creatures Great And Small. The series, which is based on the books by British author James Herriot, will return for as third and fourth season, with filming set to resume in the UK […]

Playground & Red Arrow Studios on the case of ‘Inspector Maigret’ series

New York and London-based Playground Entertainment has partnered with Red Arrow Studios International to co-develop an English-language returning drama series, based on Belgian author Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret novels. Georges Simenon Limited will act as a co-production partner on the project, which is aimed at the global market, with the company having agreed an option […]

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 […]