Foxtel launches premium entertainment arm

Australian pay provider Foxtel has appointed Graham Burrells to head a new premium entertainment division. Burrells will be head of premium entertainment, managing drama channels Showcase and SoHo, The Comedy Channel and the soon-to-launch BoxSets network, which will run major HBO scripted series following an agreement in 2012 that saw Foxtel become the sole Australian […]

Lost Girl reaches end of journey

Canadian supernatural drama Lost Girl is coming to an end after five seasons. Star Anna Silk announced the news via a YouTube video posted to Twitter. Lost Girl follows a bisexual succubus that must learn to control her powers. Canadian specialty channel Showcase commissioned the series, and associate produces via parent Shaw Media with Prodigy […]

Netflix resurrects Trailer Park Boys

Netflix has ordered two new seasons of Canada-originated comedy series Trailer Park Boys. Seasons eight and nine of the show will debut on Netflix in North America and around the world and Netflix has also acquired the first seven runs of the show from its distributor Entertainment One. The deal means the show will be […]

BBC’s Musketeers swashbuckles into new territories

A raft of international broadcasters have acquired BBC drama swashbuckler Musketeers. The show launched this year on BBC One in the UK and is distributed by the pubcaster’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. It has shopped the ten-part series to German public broadcaster ARD and its Norwegian equivalent NRK. Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4 has also bought […]

SVT buying spree includes The Bible and Bates Motel

Swedish public broadcaster SVT has acquired mega-hit miniseries The Bible. It has picked up the Mark Burnett-produced show amid a raft of drama acquisitions. The five-part series has generated consistently huge ratings on US cable network History and is distributed by Burnett’s One Three Media. SVT has also bought Psycho prequel series Bates Motel, which […]

Broadcasters pick up Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe Bulgakov drama

Several international broadcasters have acquired A Young Doctor’s Notebook, the new drama series about the early life of Russian playwright Mikhail Bulgakov. HBO Latin America, RTL Passion in Germany and Yes in Israel are among the first buyers for the series, which was transmitted on Sky Arts in the UK. It proved the pay TV […]

BBC Worldwide announces programming deals as Showcase opens

BBC Worldwide has sold a raft of its drama and factual programming to broadcasters across the Middle East and Africa. Deals include shopping three seasons of Doctor Who to Al Jazeera’s kids channel JCC. The Al Jazeera Documentary Channel picked up a 200-hour package that includes Attenborough’s Giant Egg and India on Four Wheels. African […]

BBC Worldwide says 10% uptick in buyers attending Showcase

BBC Worldwide says that 700 international buyers will attend the 2013 version of its annual Showcase event, a 10% year-on-year increase. Showcase has relocated from Brighton to Liverpool and starts on February 24. The event generates about 20% of Worldwide’s programme sales revenue. Key series that Worldwide will be pushing to the buyers in attendance […]