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C4 and AMC link for tech comedy format

Channel 4 and AMC are teaming to coproduce Loaded, a comedy format based on Keshet International’s Israeli series Mesudarim (pictured). The two broadcasters previously partnered for sci-fi drama Humans, which was a major ratings success in the UK, and are now reuniting on the 8x60mins Loaded, with Keshet UK and Hillbilly Television the other copro […]

Ex-Pivot exec joins AMC in int’l rejig

Former Pivot exec Chris Loveall has joined AMC Networks as part of a new group that will oversee international programming for AMC and SundanceTV. Loveall has been named VP, international programming for AMC and SundanceTV, with Kristin Jones named at the top of the new unit. Jones is now overseeing development and production and coproduction […]

Amazon Germany may bag Deutschland 86

Amazon Prime Video Germany looks set to pick up first-run rights to the second instalment of Deutschland 83, with its linear broadcaster wavering on a recommission. RTL has not yet committed to financing Deutschland 86 after the first season, which was critical and ratings smash internationally but fared less well locally. German TV trade site […]

BBC First, CBC hear The A Word

BBC First is Australia and CBC in Canada are the latest buyers of Keshet International-sold British drama The A Word. European pubcasters YLE, from Finland, Iceland (RUV), Croatia (HRT) and Slovenia (RTV) have also licensed the series, along with pay TV platform Yes in Israel. This comes as American coproducer SundanceTV came onboard the second […]

AMC cutting staff through voluntary buyouts

US cable channels group AMC Networks is to looking to cut staff numbers by offering voluntary redundancy packages to long serving staffers. The Walking Dead company currently has around 3,000 staff, but is looking to lower overheads by reducing headcount. AMC confirmed the buyout programme is in place for eligible employees, those who have been with the […]

AMC turns David Carr memoir into drama

US cable channel AMC and Sony Pictures Television are turning late journalist David Carr’s memoir, The Night of the Gun, into a six-part miniseries. Bob Odenkirk is attached to play Carr, the New York journalist who turned his battle with drugs and experiences as a leading New York Times columnist into a brutal book. Odenkirk […]

BBC Three online deal Oz drama Cleverman

BBC Three has acquired its first overseas drama since moving to an online, over-to-top distribution model in February. The UK channel has bought Cleverman, the Australian-shot drama that Red Arrow International sells globally. British pubcaster the BBC will launch the show later this year, with head of programme acquisitions Sue Deeks saying: “Cleverman is an […]

AMC hands Preacher talk show companion

US cable network AMC has continued its tradition of handing key original drama series a talk show companion. Preacher debuts with a 90-minute episode on Sunday, May 22, and its encore screening a week later (May 29) will be followed by Talking Preacher at 10.30pm. A second Talking Preacher episode will air after Preacher’s finale […]

Vesper scoots to FremantleMedia drama team

FremantleMedia has hired former SundanceTV drama chief Christian Vesper as executive VP, creative director of global drama. Vesper left AMC Networks-owned SundanceTV earlier this year, but will now work within FremantleMedia’s drama unit, reporting to director of global drama Sarah Doole. He will be based in London and New York, working closely with FremantleMedia’s production […]

SundanceTV acquires mafia drama Gomorrah

US cable net SundanceTV has acquired the first two seasons of Italian crime drama Gomorrah. The first season, which comprises twelve episodes, will premiere on the AMC Networks-owned channel this summer. SundanceTV acquired the drama from The Weinstein Company, which has rights in North America. Germany’s Beta Films sells the show in most international territories, […]