Landmark Rushdie novel set for Netflix treatment

The novel that established Salman Rushdie as the pre-eminent author of his generation, Midnight’s Children, will be the next high profile literary series adapted by Netflix. Midnight’s Children, which tells the story of India’s birth as a nation through the eyes of a boy born on the stroke of midnight on independence day in 1947, […]

Walter Presents two new Scandi dramas

Channel 4’s foreign language streaming service Walter Presents has secured two new shows from Red Arrow Studios International, adding to its mix of European dramas. The first two seasons of Icelandic legal drama The Court will debut on All4 in September, each running 12×1 hour episodes on the platform. Following that, Swedish thriller Farang will begin transmission […]

BBC unveils drama slate built on int’l partnerships

The BBC has unveiled a slate of new scripted content which underlines how reliant the UK’s public broadcaster has become on international co-productions, partnerships with SVOD platforms and deals with third party distribution outfits to achieve its ambitions. High-profile commissions include Black Earth Rising, a new eight-part series for BBC2, written and directed by Hugo […]

HBO takes sci-fi series from Buffy creator

Joss Whedon, the screenwriter behind The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will be bringing a sci-fi series to HBO. Titled The Nevers, the series follows the footsteps of Buffy with a fantastical story featuring powerful female characters. The show will be an epic science fiction drama […]

Netflix unveils overall deal with La Casa De Papel’s Pina

Netflix has secured an exclusive talent deal with writer/producer Alex Pina, the creative mind behind the most watched non-English language show on Netflix, La Casa de Papel (Money Heist). Under the terms of the deal, Pina, founder of production company Vancouver Media, will produce new series and projects exclusively for Netflix. Other Pina series to date […]

ITV, Masterpiece & Red Planet work on Jane Austen drama

ITV, Masterpiece and Red Planet Pictures are set to work on a new Jane Austen drama based on her final novel Sandition. Austen’s original 11-chapter series has been extended into a 8×60 minute drama series by War & Peace writer Andrew Davies. Filming is expected to commence in spring 2019. The title is a Red […]

HBO & TNT Serie prep launch of first copro Hackerville

HBO Europe and Turner’s TNT Serie have completed production on hacking drama Hackerville, set to launch this autumn. The title will premiere on HBO Europe across Central Europe, Scandinavia and Spain, and TNT Serie in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Turner International will handle all sales outside HBO Europe and the US. Hackerville tells the story […]

Elisa Viihde commissions original spy series

Elisa Viihde, a leading streaming service in Finland, has commissioned an original spy thriller directed by AJ Annila (The Eternal Road). Sphere of Shadows (Nyrikki, WT) is set in the 1950s and written by Katri and Kirsti Manninen. During the 1950s, Helsinki was the focal point of the Cold War, as global powers and their […]

Netflix to launch Indian horror series following Sacred Games premiere

A few days after the premiere of Netflix’s Indian original Sacred Games, the streamer has announced horror series Ghoul will also launch from the region this August. Ghoul will be the streamer’s first Indian original horror series, and premiere on August 28, 2018. The three-part series will be available across all Netflix territories. The series […]

Netflix orders Annapurna musical drama Mixtape

Netflix has ordered musical drama series Mixtape from Annapurna Pictures in association with 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios. Mixtape is described as a romantic musical drama that looks at the love stories connecting a diverse, disparate group of people in contemporary LA. The ten-episode series is executive produced by Joshua Safran, […]

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