UK indies: ITV backs new indie, Endemol expands Zeppotron

Men Behaving Badly scribe Simon Nye and Tiger Aspect MD Sophie Clarke-Jervoise (pictured) have teamed to launch Genial Productions, with minority investment from ITV. Genial will focus on returning comedy and comedy drama series. Both Clarke-Jervoise and Nye have defined comedy backgrounds, with the former having previously served as head of comedy at BBC, while the […]

China sets restrictions to limit foreign TV shows

China’s Radio and Television Administration is set to limit foreign TV content across its platforms.  The government agency is set to outlaw foreign TV shows in their entirety for prime time (7-10pm), and to place a 30% quota on streaming platforms for any imported content. The new restrictions target foreign current affairs titles, as well […]

DR to cut back on int’l drama following channel cuts

Danish public broadcaster DR will focus increasingly on regional content following significant budget cuts that will shutter half of its channels. DR’s TV portfolio of six channels will be halved and five of its eight radio stations will be axed after the government cut its budget by 20% following a media bill passed earlier this […]

Netflix partners with Daredevil showrunner for Brazilian original

Netflix has partnered with the showrunner behind Marvel’s Daredevil, Douglas Petrie, for new Brazilian original, Spectros. Petrie, the acclaimed writer and director of titles such as Buffy – The Vampire Slayer, will partner with Brazilian prodco Moonshot Pictures in the upcoming eight-episode series. Production on the project begins in November, with a global debut date […]

Acorn TV joins Virgin Media thriller

Acorn Media Enterprises has inked a copro deal with All3Media International, Company Pictures and Element for Blood, a thriller commissioned by Virgin Media Television (VMT). Under the deal, Blood will make its North American debut on RLJ Entertainment-owned SVoD Acorn TV as an Acorn TV Original in the US and Canada. Acorn will also coproduce the […]

Netflix orders Korean original My First First Love

Netflix is adding another Korean original to its platform, this time the eight-part romance title My First First Love. My First First Love will go into production this year and be available on Netflix globally in 2019. It tells the story of college students and their experience of first love as they meet new friends. […]

Hootenanny comedy The Bisexual scores presales with Canal+, Stan

Ahead of its debut on Hulu and the UK’s Channel 4, Hootenanny comedy The Bisexual has secured presales with Canal+, Stan and New Zealand’s Sky Network. The six-part series is written, directed and stars Iranian-American filmmaker and Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Desiree Akhavan. It is produced by Sister Pictures-owned comedy label Hootenanny for Channel […]

Netflix revives Designated Survivor after ABC cancellation

Netflix will bring back Designated Survivor for a third season, after the show was cancelled by ABC in May. The political drama starring Kiefer Sutherland will be helmed by showrunner Neal Baer from global studio Entertainment One (eOne). Season three will go into production later in the year and return in 2019. Netflix previously held the international […]

Propagate develops Saudi-American title with Jack Ryan actress

Global indie studio Propagate has signed a development deal with actress Dina Shihabi (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) for a scripted series based on the Saudi-American experience. Habibti, the name of the title and a term of endearment in Arabic, is based on the experiences of Shihabi and her Saudi friends living in Los Angeles. The […]

A+E to launch scripted title Project Blue Book globally

A+E Networks is set to launch its latest scripted series Project Blue Book at MIPCOM with the drama’s cast and showrunner to appear in Cannes. Executive produced by Academy Award-winner Robert Zemeckis, the series is set for a US premiere this winter on History. Project Blue Book showrunner, executive producer and writer Sean Jablonski will […]

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