Canal+, Quebecor join for Xavier Dolan drama based on 2019 play

French pay-TV operator Canal+ has linked up with sibling production house Studiocanal and Canada’s Quebecor Content on the first drama series to come from award-winning director Xavier Dolan. The Night Logan Woke Up is a five-part psychological thriller adapted from Michel Marc Bouchard’s eponymous hit theatre production, which is set in the 1990s and tracks the […]

Go big or go small? Sales chiefs talk global deals

Covid-19’s impact on production coincided with US studios going direct-to-consumer, creating what appeared to be a sales opportunity like no other. Richard Middleton catches up with the world’s top distribution execs to gauge whether it was a fruitful summer US studios’ plans to launch their own streamers had been known for some time by the […]

StudioCanal hires Fremantle alum Sarah Doole to head Red Production

Shadowplay producer StudioCanal has appointed Fremantle’s recently departed director of global drama Sarah Doole to replace ITV Studios-bound Nicola Shindler. Doole will become CEO at StudioCanal-owned Red Production Company, which was founded by Shindler almost a decade ago. She joins the business on 5 October and will be based in Manchester, with a remit to […]

Studiocanal names Anne Cherel to head global TV sales

Studiocanal has rejigged its senior management team by promoting Anne Cherel to become EVP of global sales & distribution and promoting two others execs. Paris-based Cherel, who was most recently head of international sales with a remit focused on movies, will now oversee the international sales of TV series and feature films, reporting to CEO […]

StudioCanal developing Josephine Baker drama

French prodco and distributor StudioCanal has teamed up with local outfits CPB Films and Leyland Films to develop an English-speaking TV drama series about civil rights activist and entertainer Josephine Baker. American-born French performer Baker was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture following her appearance in the 1927 film Siren […]

MGM hires Rola Bauer to head up int’l TV productions

Fargo and The Handmaid’s Tale studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) has hired Rola Bauer as its president of international TV productions. Bauer will oversee development, production and co-productions for MGM’s scripted TV content with an eye on global markets, and reports into MGM TV chairman Mark Burnett. She will be based in Munich but split […]

Studiocanal takes full control of ‘Crossing Lines’ prodco Tandem

French producer and distributor Studiocanal has taken 100% control of Tandem Productions (aka Studiocanal TV) after striking a deal with shareholders Rola Bauer, Tim Halkin and Jonas Bauer. The deal comes almost a decade after Studiocanal took a 51% stake in Spotless and Crossing Lines outfit Tandem Productions, which was founded by Halkin in 2012. […]

Scripted Hot Pick: Shadowplay

Created by Måns Mårlind, whose previous shows include The Bridge and Midnight Sun, this Berlin-based drama is set in what producers describe as “the wild west of purgatory”. It follows the exploits of US cop Max McLaughlin, played by True Detective’s Taylor Kitsch, with the 16-episode series split into two eight-part seasons. Having landed in […]

Sundance Now takes exclusive rights to Studiocanal’s ‘Sanctuary’

AMC Network’s streaming service Sundance Now has acquired exclusive US and Canadian rights to broadcast eight-part psychological thriller Sanctuary after striking a deal with distributor Studiocanal. Sanctuary, produced by Italy’s Fabula Pictures and Sweden’s Yellow Bird, is based on the novel The Devil’s Sanctuary by Marie Hermanson and stars Josefin Asplund (Vikings) and Matthew Modine […]

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