Power Play: why celebs are becoming execs

As the global media superpowers march into ever more sectors, A-list actors, musicians, fashion gurus and novelists are taking control of television projects. Jesse Whittock reports on the rise of the celebrity superproducer. In the past, the glamorous worlds of film, sport, pop music and fashion looked down their noses at TV from behind the […]

News brief: CEE nets catch Power’s wildlife

Channels in Hungary and Romania will broadcast wildlife programming from UK distributor Power following a new deal. The agreement gives RCS&RDS-owned Digi Animal World, Digi Life and Digi World two seasons of The Cheetah Diaries, doc series City Zoo and Michaela Stachan-presented Endangered. Also included are one-off specials Antarctica: Journey into the Wild and The […]

Power launching new look and New Worlds miniseries

UK-based producer and distributor Power will launch new scripted series New Worlds internationally at MIPCOM. The period miniseries is a coproduction with Company Pictures (The White Queen) and will air on Channel 4 in the UK next year. Written by Peter Flannery (The Devil’s Mistress), the cast includes Jamie Dornan (The Fall) and Joe Dempsie […]

National Geographic snaps up Power’s croc docs

UK-based distributor Power has sold a pair of crocodile documentaries to National Geographic Channels International. Nat Geo has acquired Touching The Dragon and Dragon’s Feast for its international services. Both series are produced by Power’s affiliate company NHU Africa. Touching The Dragon documents the “incredible interactions between a man and a wild, five-metre long crocodile […]

Starz orders drama series from rapper 50 Cent, will sell internationally

US premium cable net Starz has ordered Power, an original drama series that will be executive produced by rapper and entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. The one-hour series will follow a gangster and drug dealer as he seeks to build a legitimate night club business. The show will be produced by CBS Television Studios and […]

News brief: Channel 5 explores Shades of Love

UK terrestrial Channel 5 has acquired four-part miniseries Shades of Love, as part of three-title deal with London-based distributor Power. The show is based on Rosamund Pilcher’s best-selling novel September, Shades of Love. It’s set in the Scottish Highlands and follows the venerable Aird family as it is unravels, haunted by secrets from the past. […]

Sony’s AXN lands Power’s Air Force One

UK-based distributor Power has sold its action show Air Force One is Down to AXN. Sony Pictures Television’s male-skewed channel has acquired the 2x120mins show for AXN in South Korea, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The two-parter follows the hijacked of Air Force One by rogue Serbian militants and stars Jeremy Sisto (Law and Order) and […]

Universal Networks picks up Power package

UK-based producer and distributor Power has sold a package of its miniseries to Universal Networks International Latin America. The package of miniseries includes several ‘End of the World’ titles and action series Air Force One is Down. The End of the World titles are Delete (pictured), Exploding Sun, and Cat.8. Pepe Echegaray sells Power’s shows […]

Power inks multi-regional wildlife deal with Animal Planet

Power has shopped a pair of its wildlife documentaries to Discovery. The UK-based producer and distributor is best known for its TV movies and miniseries, but also has a catalogue of wildlife documentaries from NHU Africa. It has sold Saving Rhino Phila, about a rhino that has miraculously escaped poachers, to Discovery, which has taken […]

Power sells event drama package to RTL

UK sales house Power has shopped a package of its event dramas to Croatian free-to-air broadcaster RTL Televizija. The package stretches to nine of the UK producer and distributor’s titles. Titles include end of the world miniseries Exploding Sun and Ring of Fire, which are both broadcasting in the US on ReelzChannel later this year; […]