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Sky, Amazon team to form Roman Army drama

European satcaster Sky and Amazon Prime Video in the US are to coproduce a big-budget drama focusing on the Roman Imperial Army. The pair have enlisted Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem) to pen Britannia, which will be set in AD43 and run to ten episodes. It will air on Sky 1 in the UK and Ireland on […]

MasterChef to front new German Sky 1

A local remake of MasterChef will run on a German version of UK general entertainment network Sky 1. MasterChef Germany will comprise 24 episodes and come from Endemol Shine Germany, which is part of the format’s owner, Endemol Shine Group. It will play on Sky 1, which will be Sky Deutschland’s take on Sky UK’s […]

Sky preps VR app and UHD in Europe

Sky has confirmed it will launch a virtual reality app this summer as part of its commitment to the burgeoning technology. Announcing its results for the 12 months ended June 30, Sky said that the launch of the VR app would cement the company’s “leadership in innovative, immersive content”. The app is part of the […]

Discovery US hires ex-ITV exec O’Connell

Discovery Channel in the US has hired former ITV factual commissioner Andrew O’Connell for a key transatlantic post. He will become the network’s VP, development and production, having left UK commercial broadcaster ITV in May. In the new post, he will be based in the UK and focus on working with local producers to find […]

BBCWW series for Brazilian SVOD service

Brazilian SVOD service Looke has scored a 200-hour programming deal with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. Looke launched last September as a hybrid SVOD and pay-per-view platform comprising 7,500 titles, and will soon have a number of BBCWW shows on offer. This includes an exclusive two-month window on Sky 1 drama Critical, […]

Sky 1 to infiltrate Freemasons

A Sky 1 documentary series will reveal secrets of the guarded Freemasons organisation. Inside the Freemasons has been commissioned to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the mysterious fraternity, which is thought to exert influence over various commercial and societal elements of public life. A four part-series, from UK indie Emporium Productions, will broadcast on […]

Dutch drama deal for The Five

Dutch public broadcaster NPO has acquired Harlan Coben-penned UK drama The Five. The ten-part drama was originally for Sky 1 and comes from Red Production Company, whose parent, Studiocanal, sells the show internationally. In the Netherlands, The Five will debut on NPO2 on June 12 during the network’s ‘Detective Month’ with a special theatrical screening […]

Elba, Ridley lead major Sky drama investment

Sky has commissioned six dramas that feature talent including Idris Elba, John Ridley, Julia Stiles, Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks, in a major move underlining the European satcaster’s clout in the high-end originals space. Namely, the shows are Guerilla, Tin Star, Delicious, Riviera, Jamestown and The Last Dragonslayer. Actor Elba (Luther, The Wire) will co-star in […]

Sky buys US drama Colony

Sky’s latest US drama acquisition is Colony, the futuristic drama from Lost co-creator Carlton Cuse. Cuse created the show with Ryan Condal (Hercules). Set in the near future, it follows a family struggling to survive in a Los Angeles that has been occupied by a mysterious military force. Legendary, the independent US studio recently acquired […]

Ex-Sky, ITV exec launches UK indie

Former Sky 1 entertainment chief Duncan Gray has launched his own production company, Twenty Six 03 after leaving Princess Productions. Gray was most recently creative director of Endemol Shine Group-owned Princess, but has left to create his own venture. The new firm will focus its efforts on primetime entertainment formats. “Twenty Six 03 came about […]