Ricky Gervais

Richard Yee: Getting Karl Pilkington into scripted

Sick of It director and co-writer Richard Yee tells TBI how he convinced The Idiot Abroad’s Karl Pilkington to take on the challenge of scripted drama in a two-part role reflecting his everyday conversations with himself. Sick of It is the new Sky drama about London cabbie Karl, a man attempting to get over a […]

Casting unveiled for new Ricky Gervais project

Netflix has confirmed the casting for After Life, a new series from Ricky Gervais (The Office). Alongside Gervais, key cast include Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey), David Bradley (The Harry Potter series, Game of Thrones), Ashley Jensen (Extras), Tom Basden (Plebs, David Brent: Life On The Road), Tony Way (Edge of Tomorrow), David Earl (Cemetery Junction, […]

Netflix buys second Ricky Gervais stand-up special ‘for $20m’

SVOD giant Netflix has acquired another stand-up special from Ricky Gervais, with the comedian claiming the deal hands him US$20 million. In October, Netflix dished out for Humanity, the current stand-up show Gervais is touring, and has now acquired its successor. The comic, known for co-creating sitcoms such as The Office and Derek, tweeted that […]

In the spotlight: Ash Atalla

Ash Atalla has shows lined up for Sky, the BBC, Channel 4 and is looking at US remakes of Roughcut Television’s series. Having redefined comedy by co-creating The Office, Atalla tells TBI about the business, his career and plans TBI: Which executive helped shape your career? AA: One is Clare Pizey, a BBC exec (eds […]

Gervais’ Office spin-off set for Netflix

Netflix is set to take Ricky Gervais’ new movie to global SVOD audiences. Speaking on US radio this week, the comedian and writer said Netflix had acquired international rights to David Brent: Life on the Road, and will debut it after its theatrical release. The film is a spin-off of Gervais’ popular BBC comedy The […]

Netflix snaps up original Ricky Gervais film

Netflix will debut a new original feature film written and directed by comedian and actor Ricky Gervais next year, called Special Correspondents. The film will be available worldwide on the video streaming service and will star Gervais and Eric Bana, who plays an arrogant but struggling New York radio journalist who starts to fake front-line […]

BBC’s The Office set for Czech remake

Czech public broadcaster CT has ordered a local version of British comedy format The Office. The Czech version will be produced in-house by CT and go out on its flagship CT1 channel. The six-episode series will go into production in January 2014. It will have the local title of Kancl and be set in the […]

BBCWW bringing Karl Pilkington to Cannes, sells Moaning

BBC Worldwide has told TBI that it is bringing Karl Pilkington to Cannes to promote his new show, The Moaning of Life. The distributor also said it has presold the show to a Scandinavian channel ahead of its big international launch at MIPCOM. Pilkington came to the public’s attention as a sidekick of Ricky Gervais […]

Netflix to move into original feature docs, stand-up

US streaming service Netflix will broaden its original content strategy by moving into one-off feature documentaries and stand-up comedy, its CEO has revealed. Reed Hastings (pictured) made the announcement in a letter to shareholders, in which he also claimed original content strategies adopted by streaming rivals Hulu and Amazon Prime were helping OTT platforms to […]