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, […]

Showtime reaches Asia with Fox Networks deal

CBS Corp. has expanded the Showtime brand into Asia through a distribution deal with Fox Networks Group Asia (FNGA). Under terms of the deal, Fox Asia viewers will gain access to the entire Showtime catalogue, including the new Twin Peaks and upcoming stand-up comedy drama I’m Dying Up Here, and established shows such as Ray […]

ABC exec to run Showtime business ops unit

ABC’s long serving Jana Winograde is joining US cable channel Showtime as president of business operations for the West Coast. Her new post will see her overseeing the production, programming operations and business affairs teams, plus lead the financial and business strategies for development and distribution. In terms of international, she will work closely with […]

Alfred Haber wins Madonna’s Rebel Heart

Alfred Haber Distribution has snagged rights to a special about the Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour. The iconic singer’s latest global finished last year and US cable net Showtime had a two-hour special on the event. Alfred Haber will now bring this show to international markets. The special has concert and behind the scenes footage, culminating […]

Canal+ becomes French Showtime home

Pay TV giant Canal+ is to bring the Showtime channel brand to France for the first time. The output agreement Showtime distributor CBS Studios International (CBSSI) has struck is akin to those with Sky in the UK, Movistar in Spain, Stan in Australia and Bell Media in Canada. This will see at least ten current […]

Script to Screen: Guerrilla

The story of how John Ridley’s passion project became Sky and Showtime’s latest star attraction, ahead of its UK debut on April 13. Act 1 The Black Lives Matter movement brought race relations right back to the centre of debate in the US. In entertainment, scriptwriter John Ridley has done as much as anyone else […]