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Finland’s Elisa Viihde adapts BBC drama ‘The Replacement’

Finnish streamer Elisa Viihde has started production on a local adaptation of BBC drama The Replacement, which was created by The Crown prodco Left Bank Pictures.  The three-part psychological thriller is based on the UK drama created by Joe Ahearne and Nicole Cauverien, and produced by Sony Pictures Television-owned Left Bank. SPT sells rights to the […]

Amazon Prime Video takes ‘Leonardo’ UK & Ireland rights

Amazon Prime Video has taken exclusive UK and Ireland rights to Leonardo, a new drama based on the life of Leonardo da Vinci. The eight-part series was created by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, The Man In The High Castle) and Steve Thompson (Sherlock, Doctor Who), with Dan Percival (Death Comes to Pemberley) and Alexis Sweet […]

Sony hires Disney & Fox alum Ravi Ahuja as global TV studios chairman

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has appointed former Disney Television president Ravi Ahuja as chairman of its global TV studios. Ahuja will take up the remit previously held by Mike Hopkins, who joined Amazon Studios last year, with oversight of Sony Pictures Television (SPT)’s domestic and international productions. He will also look after SPT’s gameshow franchises […]

Sony Pictures TV partners with Nigeria’s EbonyLife to take African scripted global

Sony Pictures Television’s (SPT) international production division has forged an exclusive two-year first-look deal with Nigerian media company EbonyLife Media in a pact intended to bring African stories to global audiences. The agreement, which commenced last month, will see the two companies partner to develop scripted series focused on African culture, with SPT getting the […]

SPT’s Eleventh Hour to adapt ‘Hunting Ghislaine’ podcast into TV drama

Sony Pictures Television (SPT)-backed Eleventh Hour Films has acquired rights to true crime podcast Hunting Ghislaine and is planning to turn the show into a limited series drama. Hunting Ghislaine was launched in November and tells the story of Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of disgraced billionaire media tycoon Robert Maxwell and former partner of notorious […]

Netflix, Lionsgate extend LA production pause as Covid spreads

Netflix and Lionsgate have become the latest companies to expand the production pause in LA as the pandemic spreads across California. US studios including CBS, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros., Universal TV and Disney’s 20th Television have all paused production over recent weeks as Covid cases spiked across LA. Netflix has now delayed production on […]

Exclusive: SPT rejigs EMEA distribution as Mark Young & John Rossiter take new roles

Sony Picture Television (SPT) has rejigged its distribution and networks business, with Western Europe exec Mark Young taking on a wider remit and John Rossiter moving to a new Latin America-focused role, TBI understands. Young becomes EVP of distribution & networks across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), with a remit across SPT’s TV […]

Sony’s Playmaker Media hires Fremantle Oz scripted chief Jo Porter as MD

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has appointed Fremantle Australia’s director of scripted Jo Porter to lead its Sydney-based producer Playmaker Media. Porter will become MD at the Aussie company next year, following eight years in charge of scripted at Fremantle in Oz. During her stint with the global producer, she gained credits on shows including Foxtel’s […]

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