StudioCanal buys into Cumberbatch indie, Bambu

French production and distribution group Studiocanal has strengthened its TV assets by taking minority shares into three Europe-based indies, including Benedict Cumberbatch’s new indie. The group, which intends to raise its revenues from television from 13% of overall sales to 25% in the two or three years term, has taken 33% of Bambù Producciones in […]

StudioCanal Paranoid about new ITV drama

ITV has ordered Paranoid, a new eight-part drama about a group of detectives sucked into a Europe-wide conspiracy thriller. StudioCanal prodco Red will make the series for ITV and StudioCanal’s sales arm will handle international distribution. The series, which is written by Bill Gallagher (The Paradise) will follow a group of detectives in a fictional […]

Writer Coben, Red launch new prodco

Writer Harlan Coben and Red Production Company have launched a joint venture production company. Coben and Red founder Nicola Shindler will be joint CEOs of Final Twist Productions, which will be based in the US. Red parent Studiocanal will handle all programming from Final Twist, which is targeting scripted programming for American broadcast networks. Studiocanal […]

Fox locates Last Panthers in Balkans, Bulgaria

Fox Networks Group Bulgaria and Balkans has acquired six-part crime thriller The Last Panthers. The 21st Century Fox-owned broadcaster will air the drama on Fox Crime channels in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia on March 21, and in Bulgaria on April 19. France’s Studiocanal and the UK’s Sky […]

New Oz CEO for StudioCanal as Slaviero exits

The Australasian arm of StudioCanal is getting a new CEO after the exit of incumbent Robert Slaviero. Elizabeth Trotman will take on the post at StudioCanal Australia and New Zealand on March 14 as Slaviero leaves the company. She will report to Rodolphe Buet, StudioCanal’s president, international distribution for films, library and TV series. This […]

StudioCanal staffs up London office

StudioCanal has added to its London-based sales team, poaching execs from All3Media, Shine Endemol Group and FremantleMedia and promoting others within that office. Beatriz Campos (left) has joined from Endemol Shine International and taken a vice president of sales role, while Elise Woolfe is sales manager at the Canal+ owned distributor, joining from All3Media. Both […]

Bauer gets new US StudioCanal role

Tandem Productions CEO Rola Bauer is expanding her role to oversee StudioCanal’s television projects in the US. She will now work on scripted formats from France-based StudioCanal’s production and partnership companies, and coproductions in the US, as well as working with Universal Music Group, which is part of StudioCanal parent Vivendi, on new synergies. She […]

DirecTV completes Spotless deal

DirecTV has bought one-hour drama Spotless for Latin American pay TV. The series will air on DirecTV’s OnDirecTV channel. “OnDirecTV, our exclusive entertainment channel, has become a top performing channel among our subscribers by showcasing the very best in international premium series,” said Willard Tressel, OnDirecTV’s general manager. “Spotless nicely fits our channel vision with a winning combination of […]

Vivendi CEO joins buy outs firm as non-exec chair

Gloo Networks, a company set up to buy and operate consumer brands in the media sector, has appointed Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine as non-executive chairman. De Puyfontaine, along with Gloo’s other directors, will be responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the company – which has set a target to buy media […]

StudioCanal cleans up with Spotless deal

StudioCanal has shopped edgy drama series Spotless to South Africa-based pay TV platform M-Net. Spotless follows a troubled man whose life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother crashes into his life. It was produced by StudioCanal’s Tandem for Canal+ and picked up by NBCU-owned cable net Esquire in the US. M-Net has picked up […]