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 […]

StudioCanal UK appoints eOne’s Alex Hamilton as CEO

StudioCanal UK has appointed former Entertainment One UK (eOne UK) executive Alex Hamilton as its new CEO. Hamilton will report to group CEO Anna Marsh and will join the company on 22 April. He replaces incumbent CEO Nicola Shindler, who was appointed to the role in 2018, and now becomes chief creative officer for the […]

Newen to merge distribution with TF1 Studios, appoints Studiocanal alum to oversee process

French production giant Newen has appointed former Studiocanal and Global Road exec Rodolphe Buet to combine the activities of its distribution operation and those of sibling TF1 Studio. Buet becomes chief distribution officer at TF1 Group-owned Newen and will focus “on bringing together the activities of Newen Distribution and TF1 Studio.” The aim, Newen said, […]

TBI’s forward thinkers: Top execs reflect on 2019 and offer 2020 predictions

TBI speaks to leading execs from across the content business as they reflect on 2019 and discuss their predictions at the start of a new decade. Nina Lederman, EVP, global scripted development & programming, Sony Pictures Television How do you think the imminent launch of streamers such as HBO Max and Peacock will impact the […]

Studiocanal replaces outgoing CEO Didier Lupfer with UK managing director

Studiocanal has appointed the managing director of its UK business to become CEO at the company, after incumbent Didier Lupfer revealed he would be stepping down. Anna Marsh will take over at Studiocanal having most recently been managing director and EVP of international sales at the French company’s UK-based division. She will report to Maxime […]

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