YouTube poaches MTV programming chief

MTV’s president of programming in the US, Susanne Daniels, is set to join YouTube to lead the video site’s original content efforts, according to stateside reports. Daniels will become vice-president, YouTube Originals, managing the Google-owned site’s original content pipeline and oversee production. She will report to YouTube’s head of content and business operations, Robert Kyncl. […]

MTV greenlights fantasy drama

Viacom-owned MTV is putting fantasy drama Shannara into production. MTV will coproduce the 10-part series, which is based on the best-selling fantasy novels from Terry Brooks, with Sonar Entertainment. Shannara went into development in December, with Brooks, actor and director Jon Favreau and Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar attached. Gough and Miller will […]

MTV and Sonar adapting Terry Brooks’ Shannara

MTV and Sonar Entertainment will develop a TV series based on Terry Brooks’ bestselling Shannara fantasy novel series. Actor and director Jon Favreau will direct and exec produce the project with Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar on writing and exec producer duties. Terry Brooks will also exec produce if the series makes it […]

DreamWorks into TV: Awesome and Classic

In diversifying away from movies, DreamWorks has made two key acquisitions, the multimillion dollar deal for digital producer and channel manager AwesomenessTV and US$155 million acquisition of Classic Media. AwesomenessTV founder Brian Robbins tells Stewart Clarke about becoming part of DreamWorks Brian Robbins’ career has taken a different trajectory to that of many media executives. […]

News brief: Syfy buys werewolf series Bitten

NBCU-owned cable net Syfy has acquired Canadian produced werewolf series Bitten. The Entertainment One distributed thirteen part series will debut on Syfy next year. The series is based on the New York Times best-selling Women of the Otherworld novels by Kelley Armstrong and stars Laura Vandervoort (Smallville) as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in […]

International Studios: Drama Studies

For a week in May the attention of the TV world is focused on Hollywood studios as they present their new shows to international buyers at the LA Screenings. While the acquisitions folk are spending time – and money – with the Majors, an increasing amount of high-end drama is coming out of the LA […]