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BBC, FX adapt ‘Great Expectations’ with Steven Knight, Tom Hardy

The BBC and US cabler FX have greenlit a six-part limited series adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, once again pairing up Peaky Blinders‘ scribe Steven Knight with producers Ridley Scott and Tom Hardy. Great Expectations is the second Dickens adaptation penned by Knight following A Christmas Carol, which launched on the BBC last year. […]

Apple TV+ strikes first-look deal with Scott Free Productions

Apple TV+ has struck an international first-look deal with Scott Free Productions, the Ridley Scott-led firm behind CBS drama The Good Wife and HBO Max’s forthcoming series Raised By Wolves. The agreement sees Scott Free developing TV projects for the tech giant’s streaming service, with shows being overseen and exec produced by Scott, David Zucker, […]

Red Planet expands with Scott Free, BBC hires

UK-based producer Red Planet Pictures has hired execs from Scott Free Productions and the BBC as part of a wider expansion of its ranks. The hires see former BBC development exec Sarah Barton joining as head of development from Scott Free, BBC Wales development chief Michelle Frances becoming literary acquisitions executive, Rowan Greenaway named development […]

SBS takes The Good Fight to Australia

Australian cultural pubcaster SBS has become the latest net to buy CBS All Access legal drama The Good Fight. SBS plans to debut the series with a double episode on August 2 in a local 8.30pm slot, and episodes will be made available on SBS On Demand after they broadcast. The Robert and Michelle King […]

More4 engages in The Good Fight

UK digital terrestrial More4 has acquired CBS All Access original The Good Fight. The Channel 4-owned network ran Good Fight predecessor The Good Wife to ratings success, prompting it to move for the new show, which will play in the UK in the spring. The Good Fight is set a year after the events of […]

Dick, Tick, Van Johnson set for Amazon

An adaptation of cult novel I LoveDick, a superhero series starring Peter Serafinowicz and a spoof starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as an movie star moonlighting as a private contractor are all set to pilot at Amazon Studios. Amazon Prime Video’s half-hour comedy pilot trio – I Love Dick, The Tick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson – […]

AMC to feel Terror in Europe, Lat Am

AMC Global has acquired rights to upcoming anthology drama The Terror, which the pay TV’s channel’s US counterpart is producing. The day-and-date deal with distributor AMC Studios means AMC Global’s channels will broadcast the ten-episode drama within minutes of the US broadcast in 2017. The series, set in 1847, follows a Royal Navy crew caught […]

Spotnitz climbs down from High Castle

Frank Spotnitz will no longer be the showrunner of Amazon’s alternative history drama The Man in the High Castle. A spokesperson from Spotnitz’s prodco, Big Light Productions, confirmed the development to TBI after Deadline had broken the news in the US. SVOD service Amazon will not replace Spotnitz, who will remain an executive producer on […]

HBO consolidates scripted as Ellenberg exits

US premium cable channel HBO has handed comedy chief Casey Bloys control of drama after the exit of Michael Ellenberg. Bloys has been promoted from executive VP to president, series, late night and specials at the Time Warner-owned network. This means he will take over the drama commissioning duties of EVP Ellenberg, who leaving but […]

PBS fosters New York origin book as drama

US pubcaster PBS is working with Scott Free Productions and Malaysia’s Ideate Media to bring a New York City narrative history novel to television as a drama. Emmy-winner Ed Redlich (The Practice, Unforgettable) is to writer the TV treatment for The Island at the Center of the World, which was a best-seller for Russell Shorto. […]