Showtime orders Shaka Zulu drama from Antoine Fuqua

ViacomCBS-owned Showtime has ordered a new drama series about Zulu Empire chief Shaka, from Antoine Fuqua. Created and written by by Olu Odebunmi and Tolu Awosika, Shaka: King Of The Zulu Nation is being produced by CBS Studios, Propagate and Fuqua Films. Fuqua, director of Training Day and the upcoming The Guilty, will direct and […]

All3Media America appoints ex-Propagate exec Ivan Garel-Jones as COO

All3Media America has hired former Propagate exec Ivan Garel-Jones as chief operating officer. In his new role, Garel-Jones will report to Sara Geater, Group COO of the UK-based production and distribution group All3Media. His hiring comes just days after the company announced the departure of All3Media America CEO Tim Pastore. Garel-Jones previously served as COO […]

Propagate forges production & development pact with Germany’s Constantin

US producer and distributor Propagate is partnering up with European outfit Constantin Entertainment on a far-reaching development and production pact. Propagate, which was founded in 2015 by Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens, will develop and produce entertainment across all formats and genres with Constantin Entertainment. The latter is a subsidiary of Constantin Film (Resident […]

Propagate secures global sales rights to Showtime factual package

A+E Networks-backed producer and distributor Propagate has struck a deal to sell an array of documentaries and series from CBS-owned cabler Showtime around the world. Propagate will represent all available rights outside of North America to selected catalogue, current and upcoming Showtime titles including nine episodes of recently renewed Couples Therapy and Murder In The […]

Propagate scores distribution deal with Complex

Ben Silverman and Howard Owen’s Propagate has picked up international rights to series from youth-skewing media group Complex. The producer-distributor – whose global distribution arm is led by Cyrus Farrokh, president of international – has already sold around 95 hours of Complex content into Africa’s MultiChoice Group’s M-Net, which will air the programming on music […]

Propagate creates new role for Isabel San Vargas

Propagate has promoted Isabel San Vargas to the newly created role of president for production and operations. San Vargas will continue to report to co-CEO Howard T. Owens and president Greg Lipstone, who announced the news. Having previously served as executive VP, San Vargas will now oversee all aspects of production and operations, including international […]

Howard T. Owens spells out Propagate’s Asia ambitions

Ahead of his debut at the Asia TV Forum, Propagate Content co-founder Howard T. Owens tells TBI his plans to break into the Indian market and what’s to follow the business’s recent acquisition of Jane The Virgin (pictured) producer Electus. Manori Ravindran reports. Known for bringing hit formats such as Mexico’s Ugly Betty and the […]

Propagate develops Saudi-American title with Jack Ryan actress

Global indie studio Propagate has signed a development deal with actress Dina Shihabi (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) for a scripted series based on the Saudi-American experience. Habibti, the name of the title and a term of endearment in Arabic, is based on the experiences of Shihabi and her Saudi friends living in Los Angeles. The […]

Adapting audio: Why podcasts are making it big in TV

A string of networks from HBO to Amazon have adapted podcasts for the small screen, with many more set to come. Kaltrina Bylykbashi speaks to television producers and pod creators on what makes the platform so compelling. Since Serial launched in 2014, showing the potential of podcasts to engage mass audiences, there has been a […]

Propagate looks to Europe and invests in Incognita

Propagate is to invest in Edouard de Vésinne’s prodco, Incognita, as it looks to expand its European production efforts. Propagate and Incognita will package big dramas and movies for local and global audiences and look to serve as the premiere production partner for local broadcasters, cable players and OTT services. Cyrus Farrokh, president of international […]

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