Scripted


Why the scripted format boom is fuelled by relatable storytelling (Column)

K7 Media insight manager Richard O’Meara breaks down the findings of the consultancy’s latest Tracking The Scripted Giants report, which reveal that the scripted ideas being remade around the world are largely humble, human stories rather than big-budget brainteasers.  The value of a good story has never been greater. With unprecedented competition between broadcasters and […]

TBI Weekly: Why companion podcasts are the new switchover programmes

Never mind cranking TV shows out of podcast IP, the real sweet spot in the audio world today is the companion podcast, with broadcasters increasingly commissioning audio production ventures for these popular brand extensions.  Tim Hammond, executive director of audio production giant Listen, says companion podcasts – which generally provide a deep dive or behind-the-scenes […]

Canada’s Channel Zero opens scripted studio division

Canadian channel operator Channel Zero is launching a scripted studio division headed up by Jennifer Chen. Building on the company’s partnership with GroupM content arm Motion Content Group, Channel Zero Studios will collaborate with domestic and international partners to create global-facing programmes, with its first project expected to go into production in Q1 2020. Chen, […]

Former Lookout Point boss launches media investment firm with BBCS alum Helen Jackson

Lookout Point’s Simon Vaughan, former BBC Studios vet Helen Jackson and Stella EOC exec Jonathan Norman have launched a media investment outfit. The Media Investment Company – which is spearheaded by Vaughan, a director of the business alongside wife and partner Justine Vaughan – is set to back talent-driven businesses. Jackson serves as executive chair […]

UK commissions: Channel 5 reveals 2020 slate; BBC Three, Showtime renews ‘Back to Life’

Channel 5 reveals slate of 2020 programmes  Access-driven documentaries, history programming, natural history and heartland factual highlight a new slate of programmes heading to Viacom-owned broadcaster Channel 5 in 2020. Keo Films’ Inside Extinction Rebellion (w/t; 1 x 60 minutes) has secured access to the environmental activists, who use creativity and people power to raise awareness of […]

Netflix preps sequel series to History’s ‘Vikings’

Netflix has signed up for a Vikings spin-off from MGM Television and the show’s original creative team.  Michael Hirst’s Vikings: Valhalla begins 100 years after the original History Channel series concludes and follows the adventures of Vikings Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada and the Norman King and Viking descendant William the Conqueror. Initially helmed by […]

‘War Of The Worlds’ exec producer Jamie Brown launches drama prodco

War Of The Worlds exec producer Jamie Brown has launched a global-facing drama prodco. The new outfit, Grand River Productions, is focused on development and will cater to both film and TV markets, with talent packaging, financing and distribution capabilities in place. The Canadian-born producer most recently served as an EP on Mammoth Screen’s historical […]

BBC One lines up Kelly Macdonald to guest lead on ‘Line Of Duty’

BBC One’s critically acclaimed thriller Line Of Duty has secured its next guest lead.  Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald is to star in the next season of the World Productions-made programme – a high-profile guest role that has previously been played by Stephen Graham, Thandie Newton, Daniel Mays, Keeley Hawes and Lennie James. Macdonald is to play Detective […]

Carnival Films options Charles Soule’s ‘Anyone’

NBCUniversal-backed Carnival Films has picked up the rights to Charles Soule’s Anyone one month ahead of the novel’s publication. Soule, the author of The Oracle Year, is to adapt his highly anticipated novel for TV, in addition to exec producing alongside Carnival boss Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant and Joanna Strevens. The novel, which will be published […]

Amazon UK nabs first-window streaming rights to Lionsgate films

Amazon is set to be the first-window streaming home for Lionsgate films in the UK, beginning in January. The platform has struck an output deal with the studio that covers recently released and forthcoming theatrical feature films. The multi-year deal begins on 1 January 2020 and will allow Prime members access to films such as […]