Unscripted round-up: Rocket takes ‘Essex Lorry Killers’ doc; Protagonist crowned ‘The Kings’ distributor; Channel 4 heads for Beverly Hills

Rocket takes ‘Essex Lorry Killers’ doc Rocket Rights has acquired international distribution rights to one-off British documentary Hunting The Essex Lorry Killers. Produced by UK-based Expectation for BBC Two, the film tracks the investigation into the death of 39 Vietnamese migrants who suffocated in the back of a lorry in October 2019 whilst being trafficked […]

Scripted round-up: US remake for Belgium’s ‘Team Chocolate’; Showtime adapts Swedish book for TV; Netflix reveals ‘All The Light We Cannot See’

LA-based STXtelevision has teamed with Newen’s Reel One Entertainment to develop and produce an English-language adaptation of Belgian drama Team Chocolate. The two companies have secured format rights from French independent distributor Wild Bunch TV and are planning a show for US audiences based on the Belgian series. The original show follows a young man […]

Showtime extends ‘Your Honor’ into second season

US cabler Showtime has ordered a second season of Your Honor, the Bryan Cranston-starring drama that had originally been commissioned as a limited series. The show is based on Israeli drama Kvodo and tracks a judge played by Cranston who finds himself breaking laws to ensure the safety of his son after he is involved […]

ViacomCBS names MTV exec to lead Paramount+ and Pluto TV’s global content plans

ViacomCBS has appointed Tanya Giles, general manager of MTV Entertainment Group, to a new role overseeing content for its global streaming operations as part of a wider overhaul of its senior management ranks. Giles becomes chief programming officer for streaming and will be responsible for creating the content strategy for recently launched SVOD Paramount+ and […]

Showtime seeks the truth about UFOs with JJ Abrams

ViacomCBS-owned Showtime network has commissioned UFO, a four-part docuseries about the unidentified flying object phenomenon, from JJ Abrams and Glen Zipper. The series is a co-production between Abrams’ Bad Robot and Zipper Bros Films and will explore the public’s fascination with UFOs, as well as the possibility that the US government, private companies and the […]

Showtime orders ‘American Gigolo’ series reboot

US network Showtime has ordered drama series American Gigolo, a reimagining of the 1980 feature film, with original producer Jerry Bruckheimer attached to the project. David Hollander (Ray Donovan) will serve as showrunner, writing and directing the Paramount Television Studios-produced series, while Bruckheimer will executive produce, alongside Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed. The Punisher star […]

Showtime orders Uber drama from ‘Billions’ creators, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt

US network Showtime has commissioned Super Pumped, a new scripted anthology series with the first season based around Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who will be played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Each season of the show will explore a story that shook the business world and changed culture, with season one adapting Mike Isaac’s book Super Pumped: The […]

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 […]

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