Alibi & France TV strike pre-sale deals for Irish drama ‘The Boy That Never Was’

UKTV’s Alibi channel and France Télévisions have struck pre-sale deals for upcoming Irish drama series The Boy That Never Was with distributor Abacus Media Rights. Produced by Subotica for Irish broadcaster RTÉ, with support from Screen Ireland, the series is filmed on location in Morocco and scheduled for delivery in April 2024. Co-written by Jo […]

Irish crime drama ‘Kin’ lands on UK’s BBC

Irish crime drama Kin has been picked up by the UK’s BBC. The eight-part series was produced for Ireland’s RTÉ by BRON Studios, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, alongside Headline Pictures (The Man In The High Castle), with Fifth Season distributing. The series is written and created by Peter McKenna (The Last Kingdom). […]

TBI Kids Hot Picks: A Horse Named Steve

Producer: Sixteen South & Nelvana | Distributor: Sixteen South Rights | Broadcaster: RTÉ (Ireland) & Treehouse TV (Canada) Irish animation studio Sixteen South and Canada’s Nelvana co-developed and co-produced this 2D animated series, based on the picture book by author-illustrator Kelly Collier. Aimed at four- to seven-year-olds, the series follows the titular horse on his […]

TBI Scripted Hot Picks: Obituary

Producer: APC Studios & Magamedia | Distributor: APC | Broadcaster: Hulu (US) & RTÉ (Ireland) Siobhán Cullen heads the cast of this 6 x 60-minute Irish dark comedy crime drama, which follows 24-year-old Elvira Clancy, who is feeling unfulfilled, although she adores her job writing obituaries. When her newspaper falls on hard times, her boss […]

News round-up: Apple suspends talent deals; RTÉ orders ‘2 Johnnies’ comedy; ABC cans ‘The Wonder Years’

Apple suspends talent deals Apple has become the latest firm to suspend high-profile first look and overall deals as the US writers and actors strikes continue. The company’s pacts with Adam McKay’s Hyperobject Industries and Natalie Portman’s MountainA are among those to have been suspended, though other, non-writing agreements, such as with Martin Scorsese, whose […]

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes resigns over undisclosed payments

Dee Forbes, director-general of Irish broadcaster RTÉ, has announced her resignation following the controversy over undisclosed payments to presenter Ryan Tubridy. On Friday, 23 June, the broadcaster announced that Forbes had been suspended two days earlier. She had been due to step down from her role at the company next month. The RTÉ presenter had […]

‘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 […]

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