Showtime bolsters drama team by naming two VP’s of scripted

US cablenet Showtime has bolstered its scripted ranks with the addition of two drama-focused VP’s. Danielle De Jesus and Dave Binegar both become VP of scripted programming with remits across development and reporting into EVP of scripted Amy Israel, according to US reports. De Jesus was most recently SVP of development at US prodco End […]

Showtime orders Shaka Zulu drama from Antoine Fuqua

ViacomCBS-owned Showtime has ordered a new drama series about Zulu Empire chief Shaka, from Antoine Fuqua. Created and written by by Olu Odebunmi and Tolu Awosika, Shaka: King Of The Zulu Nation is being produced by CBS Studios, Propagate and Fuqua Films. Fuqua, director of Training Day and the upcoming The Guilty, will direct and […]

Showtime adapts Swedish vampire novel ‘Let The Right One In’

US network Showtime has ordered a pilot for a series adaptation of Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist’s vampire horror novel Let The Right One In, to be produced by Tomorrow Studios. Andrew Hinderaker (Penny Dreadful) will serve as showrunner, with Seith Mann (Homeland) attached to direct the pilot, with both to executive produce alongside Marty […]

TBI Weekly: Unpacking what Paramount+ means to ViacomCBS

As ViacomCBS pulls back the curtain on Paramount+, TBI’s Richard Middleton and Mark Layton dissect the offering and explore how the service fits into the congested streaming landscape. ViacomCBS pulled out all the stops for its unveiling of Paramount+ earlier this week and in so doing took vertical integration to a new level. IP ranging from Grease and […]

Commissioning round-up: Showtime orders ‘Yellowjackets’; BBCS & Bilibili announce ‘Ancients’; Viaplay takes ‘We Children From Bahnhof Zoo’

Showtime orders ‘Yellowjackets’ ViacomCBS-owned US network Showtime has given a series order to drama pilot Yellowjackets. The series, from writers Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, Entertainment One and producer Drew Comins, will begin production early next year in Vancouver and is also expected to debut in 2021. Jonathan Lisco is attached as exec producer and […]

Showtime releases ‘Dexter’ to strike again in new limited series

US network Showtime is bringing back serial killer drama Dexter for a new 10-part limited series, set to enter production next year. Original showrunner Clyde Phillips and series star Michael C Hall will both return, following an eight-year break, with the show tentatively set to air in fall 2021. Dexter ran for eight seasons between […]

Showtime lands on ‘Moonbase 8’ space comedy

ViacomCBS-owned US network Showtime has picked up Moonbase 8, a new comedy series about three subpar astronauts, starring John C Reilly, Tim Heidecker and Fred Armisen. The 6 x 30-minute series follows the trio who are based at Nasa’s Moon Base Simulator with high hopes of being chosen to travel to the moon. However, as […]

ViacomCBS to bundle Apple TV+, Showtime and CBS All Access

ViacomCBS has reportedly agreed a deal with Apple to launch the iPhone maker’s first bundled video offering. Subscribers to Apple TV+ will be offered access to both CBS All Access and Showtime for an additional $9.99 on top of the usual $4.99 monthly charge. This service will combine a selection of content from its brands including […]

ViacomCBS reveals territories & content plans for global streamer, ahead of 2021 launch

ViacomCBS has revealed more details about its expanded international streaming service, which is set to launch early next year. Teased for months by the media giant as a ‘super service’ streamer, the company used its quarterly earnings call to shine a light on a “broad pay” CBS All Access product, which will offer content from […]

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