Awesome expands into graphic novels with ‘Retrograde’

Awesome Media & Entertainment is expanding into the graphic novel space with a bespoke studio. The studio will sit within the Kew Media Group-backed prodco’s fiction publishing arm Awesome Reads, launched in September, and develop high-concept, character-driven comics for adults that will also be developed for the screen. It is to debut its inaugural title […]

Netflix unveils ambitious, high-profile originals slate out of India

Meet The Patels director Ravi Patel and Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment are behind a slate of new Netflix originals out of India. The streaming giant has ordered Messy from creator Patel, following an aspiring stand-up comic struggling to balance family life with comedy. The show, in which Patel also stars, is co-written with […]

ITV serves up thriller from ‘Luther’ creator Neil Cross, Euston Films

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered contemporary thriller Because The Night from Luther creator Neil Cross.  Produced by Kate Harwood’s Hard Sun prodco Euston Films, the four-part drama is inspired by the novel Burial, which is also from Cross. The book, published in 2009, tells the story of two friends who become privy to the events that led to the murder of […]

Newen fast-tracks English expansion with Reel One acquisition

Newen Group’s acquisition of Reel One Entertainment sees the TF1 Group-backed producer-distributor look to crack the English-speaking market and exploit European IP in the US, Canada and UK. The deal marks the French firm’s first concrete move into the English-speaking market, having previously acquired the likes of Denmark’s Nimbus, as well as Dutch formats firm […]

20th Century Fox TV drama exec Chloe Dan to exit studio

20th Century Fox Television exec Chloe Dan is exiting the studio. The SVP of drama development is leaving after six years with 20CF, with the last two in her current role. She was promoted from VP of drama development in 2017. Dan’s credits include This Is Us (pictured) and The Resident, as well as the […]

HBO stands by ‘Big Little Lies’ edit after details of creative struggle emerge

HBO has stood by its edit of series two of Big Little Lies after it emerged that director Andrea Arnold’s work was allegedly re-cut to adhere to series one director and ongoing EP Jean-Marc Vallée’s vision for the show.  In a statement released Friday (12 June), the channel said: “There wouldn’t be a Season 2 of […]

Series Mania launches Franco-Israeli writing residency

French drama festival Series Mania is launching a Franco-Israeli writing residency initiative. In partnership with France’s Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (National Center for Cinema and Moving Image) and Israel’s Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, the festival has opened submissions for a Franco-Israeli ‘Co-Writing Residency for Drama Series’. The project will find five […]

Comedy Central firms up original content team

Viacom-owned Comedy Central has promoted two execs to oversee content for both the network and fledgling in-house prodco Comedy Central Productions. Jonas Larsen and Sarah Babineau, who previously served as EVPs and co-heads of talent and are credited with shaking up the channel’s scripted efforts, will serve as co-heads of original content. They will oversee […]

ABC pulls plug on ‘How To Get Away With Murder’

Shonda Rhimes’ hit drama How To Get Away With Murder is coming to an end after six series as Netflix plans to roll out the first shows from the powerhouse producer.  The forthcoming 15-episode run of the Emmy-winning crime soap, which debuted in 2014, will conclude US broadcaster ABC’s popular ‘Thank God It’s Thursday’ (TGIT) primetime […]

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