Steve November

Lionsgate TV UK unveils two book to screen adaptations

Lionsgate Television UK has announced two new scripted development projects with publishers Harper Collins and Myriad Editions – The People at Number 9 and The Other Side. Lionsgate will produce both series and sell global rights. The People at Number 9 is published by Harper Collins and written by Felicity Everett. Commenting, Steve November, creative […]

Lionsgate poaches ITV exec for UK

Lionsgate has hired Sarah Conroy as executive producer, reuniting her with her former ITV boss, Steve November. Conroy will report to November, who joined independent studio Lionsgate from ITV late last year. At the UK broadcaster, she was a drama commissioning editor and part of November’s team. At Lionsgate, she will work to grow the […]

Idris Elba, Lionsgate UK to crown up-and-coming writer

Three finalists have been selected in the competition run by Lionsgate UK and Idris Elba prodco Green Door Productions to find a new generation of TV writers. Three projects have been chosen for The Write to Green Light competition, with an urban reworking of Cleopatra, a man coming back from the dead and mass murder […]

Lionsgate hires former ITV drama chief

The UK division of Lionsgate has hired former ITV drama boss Steve November to head its British scripted TV efforts. November was with UK broadcaster ITV for 16 years, exiting earlier this year amid a raft of changes as Kevin Lygo became director of television. The US studio has been ramping up its UK efforts, […]

ITV drama chief latest to exit

The director of drama at ITV is leaving after 16 years at the UK broadcaster. Steve November becomes the latest programming chief to exit following the news Kevin Lygo was succeeding Peter Fincham as director of television. Entertainment boss Elaine Bedell and factual chief Richard Klein have already left the channel. November counts big hitting […]

ITV goes for wartime drama

UK commercial channel ITV has commissioned an 8x60mins period drama set in high London society during the Second World War. Set in 1940 in a glamorous five-star hotel, The Halcyon will look at how war impacted life in the British city, set to a soundtrack of music from the era. Wallander prodco Left Bank Pictures […]

ITV goes ghost-hunting with drama

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned a 1x120mins drama about a 1920s ghost hunter. Harry Price: Ghost Hunter will be produced by All3Media-owned Bentley Productions, which is behind ITV’s one most successful long-running dramas, Midsomer Murders. The fact-and-fiction thriller telemovie will follow real-life ghost hunter and skeptic Harry Price, who looked into paranormal activity and claims […]

ITV discovers Tutankhamun drama

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered a four-part miniseries telling the story of the discovery of Ancient Egyptian boy-king Tutankhamun’s tomb. Tutankhamun, beginning in 1905, will follow solitary young archaeologist Howard Carter as he fervently leads an expedition into the Valley of the Kings in 1921 with the backing of aristocrat Lord Carnarvon. Guy Burt, who […]

Peter Pan to take flight with Red Arrow

Red Arrow has snagged international rights to Peter & Wendy, a contemporary version of Peter Pan that has just been commissioned by UK broadcaster ITV. The new version of the classic kids and family story will run to two hours for ITV, and Red Arrow will take it to market internationally.UK-based Headline Pictures (The Musketeers) […]

Downton’s Fellowes pens new ITV drama

Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes is creating another period drama for UK broadcaster ITV. With ITV hit Downton ending after its sixth season, Fellows is turning his attentions to an adaptation of Doctor Thorne, the Anthony Trollope melodramatic novel about a doctor and his talented but penniless niece. Hat Trick Productions will produce the three-part […]