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Bigger, better and celebrity-laden: Is the future of docs sustainable?

As documentaries cutting through on SVODs begin to look glossier and more high-profile by the day, Manori Ravindran investigates who gets to build careers in documentary when the standards become unachievable Director Doug Block has made a number of films over the course of an almost 30-year career – virtually none of them featuring high-profile […]

Film1 to replace Sundance channel with on-demand offering

Dutch channel group Film1 has announced plans to replace its Film1 Sundance channel with an on-demand channel on the Ziggo platform. Sony Pictures Television-owned Film1 said the on-demand channel will launch on Ziggo on August 31, taking channel slot 105 on the EPG, and responds to changing viewing habits. After this date, some of the […]

The Terror to spread on AMC

AMC Networks COO Ed Carroll tells TBI about his plans to grow global channels AMC and Sundance with new originals, and to go more local with its Chellomedia nets. Terror and fear are watchwords in the programming department at AMC in the US, and now internationally. The zombie legions of The Walking Dead also feature […]

Netflix moves for another BBC/Sundance drama

Netflix has acquired upcoming BBC and Sundance drama series One Child, TBI has learned. The miniseries is a coproduction between AMC Networks and UK public broadcaster the BBC. The series stars Katie Leung (Harry Potter) as a young Chinese-born woman adopted by Anglo-American parents as she struggles with her identity. The deal gives Netflix rights […]

Sundance buys Hollywood directors series

The international Sundance channel has acquired Hollywood’s Best Film Directors. The 78x30mins show, which is produced by France-based Prime Entertainment Group, will go out on Sundance HD in over a hundred territories. Independent distributor New Media Vision sells the show in several territories and struck the Sundance deal. NMV has also sold the series to […]

AMC/Sundance poaches Discovery exec ahead of Latin America launch

AMC/Sundance Channel Global has hired Gustavo Lopez as its VP, global distribution for Latin America, ahead of its launch in the region. The VP of global distribution and business development for Latin America role is a new one and has been created ahead of the launch of Sundance Channel on DirecTV Latin America. The DirecTV […]

Miniseries strike back

A few years ago, it looked like scripted miniseries were heading for the scrapheap. With networks favouring TV movies, returning series and fast-moving factual entertainment franchises, miniseries started to look expensive to produce and hard to schedule. Things are very different now, reports Andy Fry.   A run of well-received projects such as Rome, Pillars […]

Robert Weiss on the future for Ovation

Robert Weiss was appointed chief creative officer of Ovation TV late last year and the former Eqal, FX, VH1 and Fuse executive has swiftly restructured the arts and culture network. Kris Slava, Marc Johnson and almost 30 staffers have left in total and several new faces have been brought in during Weiss’ short tenure. TBI […]

AMC brings on Endemol to distribute unscripted series

AMC has inked a deal with Endemol, which will sell several of its unscripted shows internationally. The US cable network is best known as the home of Mad Men and The Walking Dead, but has recently been making strides in unscripted programming too. It has signed a deal with Endemol Worldwide Distribution, which will represent […]

Sundance orders another original drama

US cable net Sundance Channel has ordered its second wholly-owned original series, The Descendants. The 6x60mins series will follow a US sheriff policing two clashing communities. The order comes as Sundance ramps up its original programming strategy, with recent examples including Rectify and Top of the Lake. The cable net, part of the AMC Networks […]