Scripted


Les Misérables nabs raft of global sales ahead of Series Mania

Ahead of its national premiere at Series Mania 2019, BBC Studios has struck a raft of international deals for Les Misérables. Victor Hugo’s 19th Century classic, adapted by Andrew Davies (War & Peace), has sold to 14 territories including Portugal (RTP2), Norway (NRK), Sweden (SVT), Finland (YLE), Iceland (RUV), Denmark (TV2), New Zealand (TVNZ), India (Zee […]

Banijay Rights signs development deal with Greenacre

Banijay Rights has signed a multi-year, first-look development deal with UK independent production company Greenacre Films. The deal will see the pair work together to develop and produce TV series for the UK, US and international markets. Greenacre was co-founded by producers and development execs Nadine Marsh-Edwards (Joe All Alone, Akala: Ruins Empires) and Amanda […]

Exclusive: Endemol Shine Poland set for first period drama

Endemol Shine Poland has been signed up to produce its first period drama, Our Century, for TVP1. Our Century is a 13 x 60-minute family saga, which will be known locally as Stulecie Winnych, and is based on the bestselling novel written by Ałbena Grabowska, which reveals an epic tale spanning 100 years. Telling the […]

NBC bolsters scripted team, hires Warner exec

NBC has promoted two scripted executives and hired Warner’s Lisa Roos as SVP of drama development. Roos was formerly VP of scripted programming at Warner Horizon Television, where she oversaw the development of content for basic cable networks such as FX, TNT, Cinemax, USA, Syfy, Freeform, MTV, Lifetime, NatGeo and CMT. She joins Deepak Jesrani […]

Eurodata: Local drama dominated primetime in 2018

Eurodata’s scripted series report for 2018 shows that local drama was the most popular prime time genre for channels and viewers. The report, which analyses the schedules of over 100 channels in 12 countries, shows that across channels two-thirds of the series broadcast during prime time are locally produced, up five points up from 2017. […]

“Purposeful” formats, CEE scripted on the rise in 2019

International TV research consultancy K7 Media has unveiled its predictions for 2019, forecasting that Disney+ will lead the direct-to-consumer push while tipping Central and Eastern Europe as the next hot territory for scripted programming. Topping the list is the highly anticipated Disney+ platform, which K7 describes as a “genuine contender” to Netflix and Amazon in […]

AMC’s comedy channel IFC picks up Fleabag

AMC Network’s comedy channel IFC has acquired British comedy Fleabag, from writer, actor and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The BAFTA-winning series, which was picked up for Amazon US shortly after its UK debut in 2016, will premiere on IFC on 26 December. All six episodes of the critically hailed series will air beginning at 11pm and […]

Wildside is developing an Audrey Hepburn drama

Fremantle’s Wildside is developing a drama series on Audrey Hepburn’s life, based on a story by Hepburn’s son Luca Dotti and Luigi Spinola. Dotti and Spinola are the scribes behind New York Times bestseller Audrey At Home, which explores Hepburn’s passion for life as a muse, a mother and a humanitarian. In developing the new […]

iQiyi takes Fremantle’s My Brilliant Friend to China

iQiyi is set to take Fremantle’s critically-acclaimed drama My Brilliant Friend to China. My Brilliant Friend follows Elena Greco as the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace. She met Raffaella Cerullo, whom she has always called Lila, in the first year of primary school in 1950. Set in a dangerous Naples […]

NENT taps Discovery Networks exec to head up scripted at Viaplay

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) has hired Discovery Networks Sweden exec Jon Petersson to head up its scripted division for Viaplay. Petersson joins Viaplay days after it was revealed that its former scripted head Mikael Newihl shuffled over to NENT-owned prodco Nice Drama as its head of development. The new exec will focus on developing original […]

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