‘Northern Lights’ prodco Deadpan hires Roughcut & RTÉ alums to boost development

Ireland-based Northern Lights producer Deadpan Pictures has added Roughcut TV and RTÉ alums to its development team, along with a former literary manager. Former RTÉ exec Sam Atwell becomes head of development at the Moone Boy and Can’t Cope Won’t Cope producer, which was founded in 2014 by Paul Donovan and Ailish McElmeel. Atwell, who […]

Hulu & RTÉ board Irish dark comedy ‘Obituary’

Disney-owned US streamer Hulu has commissioned Obituary, a new Irish dark comedy series set around a small-town newspaper. Irish broadcaster RTÉ has also pre-bought the 6 x 60-minute series, which is being co-produced by APC Studios UK and Magamedia, in association with Fís Éireann/ Screen Ireland, BAI and The Wrap Fund. Siobhán Cullen takes the lead […]

Sky Italia, Disney & RTÉ lands Australia’s Royal Flying Doctor drama

Sky Italia, RTÉ in Ireland and Disney in Africa and the Middle East are among companies to have bought the Australia drama RFDS. The drama, which was extended by commissioner Seven Network last month, has also been picked up by M7 Group in Czech Republic and Slovakia, as well as TV Joj in Slovakia, following previous sales to […]

BBC, C4, ITV & Sky commit to COP26 climate content pledge

The CEOs of UK broadcasters, including the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, STV and Sky, will today meet at the UN’s COP26 climate conference in Glasgow to pledge to create more and better climate-focused content across all genres. A total of 12 broadcasters and streamers have signed up to The Climate Change Content Pledge, in which […]

Viaplay & Ireland’s RTÉ link for Mopar’s ‘North Sea Connection’

Nordic streamer Viaplay has partnered with Irish pubcaster RTÉ on North Sea Connection, a six-part English-language thriller set on Ireland’s west coast. The series, written by Mark Greig and directed by Paul Murphy and Hannah Quinn, tells the story of Ciara (Lydia McGuinness), who must confront the dramatic consequences of her brother Aidan (Kerr Logan)’s decision […]

BritBox UK orders comedy-drama from ‘Normal People’ producer Element

ITV and BBC joint-venture streamer BritBox UK has commissioned The Dry, an original comedy-drama series about the struggles with both drink and family, from the prodco behind Normal People. Element Pictures is producing the eight-part series, in association with Fís Eireann/Screen Ireland and ITV Studios, and in partnership with RTÉ. The production began shooting in […]

Factual round-up: Latest deals for D360, Global Screen, BritBox & RTÉ

M6, Rai 5 snap up D360 shows French broadcaster M6 has picked up There’s Something You Should Know from sales firm Distribution360. The 6 x 30-minute series follows suitors as they choose matches from telephone conversations, only for the matches to reveal a physical disability ahead of meeting. The series aims to demystify stereotypes and […]

RTÉ & Acorn TV unveil diamond thriller with Canadian & Belgian partners

Irish pubcaster RTÉ has again linked up with AMC Networks-owned streamer Acorn TV, this time on a six-part thriller that also has Belgian and Canadian partners onboard. Hidden Assets is from Ireland’s Saffron Moon and has been written by Peter McKenna (Red Rock) and Morna Regan. Belgian producer Potemkino and Canada’s Facet 4 are attached to coproduce, […]

Sales round-up: ZDF, RTÉ & Mediawan join ‘Harry Wild’; Fred’s ‘Space Invaders’ continue; Flame closes factual sales

ZDF, RTÉ & Mediawan join Harry Wild Germany’s ZDF has joined as a co-producer on upcoming Irish murder mystery drama Harry Wild. The show, from producer-distributor Dynamic Television and AMC-owned streamer Acorn TV, has also been pre-bought by Mediawan for French-speaking Europe, while RTÉ in Ireland has come on board as the Irish broadcaster. The 8 x […]

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