StudioCanal appoints Tall Story’s Patrick Schweitzer as CEO of ‘It’s A Sin’ label Red

StudioCanal has appointed Tall Story Pictures’ Patrick Schweitzer as CEO of Red Production Company, the UK prodco behind It’s A Sin and the upcoming Anansi Boys. Schweitzer takes over the role vacated by Sarah Doole last year, with the company having been managed by a ‘transition’ team, supported by Françoise Guyonnet, StudioCanal’s executive managing director […]

Unpacking the serious intent behind CEE drama’s global push

Central and Eastern Europe’s scripted industry has faced a turbulent 12 months, with HBO Max cutting commissioning and SkyShowtime entering the region. Richard Middleton finds out what’s next When news broke earlier this year that SkyShowtime was preparing to launch its first Polish original in June, producers may well have raised an eyebrow or two. […]

StudioCanal invests in Kudos alum Phil Temple’s Birdie Pictures, unveils first project

StudioCanal has made an undisclosed investment in Birdie Pictures, the nascent UK production firm launched by former Kudos exec Phil Temple. Temple has previously worked on shows including Code 404 and The Last Kingdom, having formerly been an executive producer at Banijay-owned Kudos, where he was most recently working on This Town by Steven Knight […]

ITVX lands StudioCanal deal for films & series incl ‘Spiral’ & ‘Hannibal’

Nascent UK streamer ITVX has struck a pact with StudioCanal that will hand it access to shows including Hannibal and Spiral. The deal will see ITVX carry the StudioCanal Presents service later in the spring, offering more than 400 films such as Paddington and Paddington 2, A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon and classics including […]

Lionsgate, SPT & Newen join The London TV Screenings

Lionsgate, Sony Pictures Television, Newen Connect, Eccho Rights and Viaplay Content Distribution are among new additions to the schedule for The London TV Screenings, which takes place 27 February to 3 March. The five companies take the total number of hosts to 26, with each carving out time in the calendar to deliver a mixture […]

Scripted round-up: Viaplay orders ‘Bullshit’; UKTV’s Drama gets ‘Outrageous’; StudioCanal & Frank Miller team for ‘Corto Maltese’  

Viaplay orders ‘Bullshit’ Viaplay has commissioned Bullshit from Nordisk Film Creative Alliance as its next Danish drama series. Set to debut on the Nordic streamer next year, the series centres on a rootless young couple, Pia (Alba August) and Henning (Marco Ilsø), who long for rebellion and belonging. Drawn into Copenhagen’s biker subculture, their dream […]

Former Studiocanal exec named CEO of Legendary Entertainment & Tobis joint-venture

Isabel Hund, the German producer and former Studiocanal exec, has been appointed as CEO of newly formed joint venture between US studio Legendary Entertainment and German producer-distributor Tobis. Hund the as-yet-unnamed Munich-based company, which was first announced in July and is focused on developing, producing and distributing German-language scripted series and miniseries. Tobis is to […]

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