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James Corden’s The Wrong Mans is up for a US remake

Showtime has ordered a pilot of The Wrong Mans for the US, originally created by James Corden and Mathew Baynton. Corden and Baynton will adapt the BBC2 comedy thriller and have teamed with former Veep exec producer Ian Maxtone-Graham to write a 30-minute pilot with Parks and Recreation actor Ben Schwartz. The US edition will […]

CBS to ramp up originals as it bids to top OTT ‘arms race’

CBS COO Joseph Ianniello revealed that the company will increase investment in digital originals to survive the OTT “arms race”, at an investors conference held at Deutsche Banks Media & Telecom Conference in Florida. The broadcast giant will bulk up on original series to drive subscription on its streaming platform CBS All Access and premium […]

Amazon fares badly in NPACT factual survey

Amazon’s approach to factual commissioning is leaving plenty much to be desired, according to a new survey from non-fiction body NPACT. The SVOD service fared badly in various sections of the survey, as Apple, Netflix, YouTube Red and traditional networks such as Smithsonian Channel and Oxygen were positively received. Amazon was considered to have the […]

Showtime enjoys BBC’s Ill Behaviour

US premium TV net Showtime has bought BBC comedy Ill Behaviour. The six-parter, billed as a comedy-thriller, comes from Peep Show co-creator Sam Bain and follows a man (Chris Geere) that kidnaps his ill friend (Tom Riley), who has decided to abandon traditional chemotherapy. Lizzie Kaplan (Masters of Sex) plays alcoholic doctor, who then administers […]

HBO tops pay list as US subs get selective

HBO is the channel consumers in the US and Canada are willing to pay the most for, and 80% of consumers only want to pay for the channels they actually watch, according to TV technology outfit TiVo’s Q2 2017 Video Trends Report. According to the report, Game of Thrones network HBO tops the ranking of […]

Clinton drama The President is Missing heads for Showtime

Showtime has acquired the television rights to the upcoming Bill Clinton novel The President Is Missing, co-authored by James Patterson. In July this year, it was revealed that Clinton and Patterson were shopping TV and film rights to the upcoming novel in Hollywood. The rights were acquired by Showtime in what has been reported to […]

CBS All Access takes global SVOD route

CBS’s SVOD service, CBS All Access, is headed to the global market. The service will move beyond the US for the first time in the first half of next year by launching in Canada, followed by other markets. The CBS Studios International and CBS Interactive divisions of CBS Corp. are working together on the roll-out. […]

Returning miniseries

Distributors will tell you that if they could have one drama production in their portfolio it would be an evergreen returning franchise that rakes in the cash year after year. But this doesn’t alter the fact that TV movies, minis and limited runs are also regarded as valuable assets and are increasingly getting recommissioned as […]

CBS takes Showtime to India

CBS and India’s premium streaming platform, Hotstar, have agreed a licensing and trademark agreement to bring Showtime to the region. The agreement will provide Hotstar Premium subscribers in India access to Showtime series such as the new comedy SMILF, stand-up comedy drama I’m Dying Up Here, the limited series Escape at Dannermora and the new […]

Showtime orders Ben Stiller drama

US cable channel Showtime has ordered a limited series drama that Hollywood actor Ben Stiller will direct. Escape at Dannemora will run to eight hour-long episodes, and star Benicio del Toro (Traffic), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and Paul Dano (There Will be Blood). Stiller (Zoolander 2, Tropic Thunder) will direct the series and is executive producer, […]

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