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Upfronts 2019: The renewals

There’s been a string of series renewals by the big four networks and The CW ahead of and during this week’s Upfronts. Shows earning all-important second seasons include NBC’s New Amsterdam; ABC’s A Million Little Things, Schooled, Single Parents, The Conners and The Rookie; CBS’s God Friended Me, Magnum P.I. and The Neighborhood; and The […]

Sensethefuture options Mike McCormack’s ‘Solar Bones’

Teresa Potocka’s Sensethefuture Pictures has optioned award-winning novel Solar Bones from Irish author Mike McCormack.  The fledgling prodco is to adapt the novel — which won the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award as well as the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize — for television. The novel centres on a deceased middle-aged engineer who returns from the dead on […]

Lionsgate picks up int’l distribution rights to Hulu’s ‘Ramy’

Lionsgate has picked up international distribution rights to Hulu comedy series Ramy.  The studio has picked up rights to the A24-produced series, which tells the story of a 20-something, first-generation Egyptian-American on a spiritual journey in his politically-divided New Jersey neighbourhood. The show — which has been renewed for a second series — explores the intersection of […]

Exclusive: Sky Drama exec joins Anne Mensah at Netflix

Sky Drama’s head of development Lindsay Salt has joined Anne Mensah’s scripted team at Netflix, TBI can reveal.  Netflix has confirmed that Salt will join as a manager out of the London office, working under Mensah. She will begin the role in June. Mensah, the former head of drama at Sky who boarded Netflix earlier […]

Paramount picks up BYUtv’s ‘Dwight In Shining Armor’ for global

Paramount has picked up international distribution rights to BYUtv’s original comedy series Dwight In Shining Armor.  Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution has swooped for rights to the adventure comedy original from cable channel BYUtv, which is affiliated with Utah’s Brigham Young University. The show is available for buyers at LA Screenings this week and next. The […]

ABC readies Blanchett-fronted ‘Stateless’ immigration drama

Cate Blanchett is to star in Stateless,  a six-part drama about the Australian immigration system that she has co-created for Australian broadcaster ABC. Co-created by Blanchett, Tony Ayres and Elise McCredie, the series centres on four strangers in an immigration detention centre in the Australian desert: an airline hostess escaping a suburban cult; an Afghan […]

HBO readies two-hour ‘Game Of Thrones’ documentary

HBO is readying a two-hour documentary that goes behind the scenes on the final series of Game Of Thrones.  The WarnerMedia-owned channel released a 70-second trailer for the doc on Monday (13 May), teasing an air date of 26 May — a week on from next Sunday’s highly anticipated series finale. The 115-minute film — whose […]

‘Les Mis’ producer Chris Carey boards Dancing Ledge

Les Misérables producer Chris Carey has joined Fremantle-backed Dancing Ledge Productions.  The exec, who most recently served as an EP for BBC Studios-owned Lookout Point, is to serve as executive producer for The New Pope prodco as it expands its drama slate. Carey — who recently took part in TBI’s inaugural One-to-One session with Sky exec Jane […]

All3Media America’s Main Event Media launches podcast arm

All3Media America-owned Main Event Media is launching a podcast division.  The United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell (pictured) prodco, which is headed by Jimmy Fox, has partnered with on-demand podcasting distribution platform Audioboom for the venture. The business is to develop a slate of podcasts in-house for both film and TV. All podcast titles — […]

ITVS GE sends ‘Bodyguard’ to China

Bodyguard is heading to China. ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has sold mainland Chinese broadcasting rights to the hit drama to Huanxi Media Group Limited, which will stream the title on huanxi.com. The platform provides domestic and international films as well as scripted TV drama. Bodyguard was created and written by Line Of Duty […]

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