Leftfield hires SundanceTV, ex-Discovery execs

US unscripted prodco Leftfield Pictures has hired development executives from Discovery Communications and SundanceTV, while also promoting a production chief to COO. The firm, part of ITV Studios-owned Leftfield Entertainment, has hired Joe Weinstock as head of West Coast development and SundanceTV’s Brenna Eckerson as senior director of development, and promoted executive VP, production Heath […]

Simon Perry to run production at Swedish film fund

+++CORRECTION An earlier version of this story named former BBC America boss Perry Simon as the new Film i Väst chief. TBI would like to make clear that Simon Perry is in no way associated with Perry Simon and the latter is not associated with the Swedish film fund. TBI apologises for any confusion caused […]

Ovation, WOWOW enjoy Rossellini’s Green Porno

US cable channel Ovation has acquired documentary Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Live!, which Japanese pay TV provider WOWOW has come on board to coproduce. Arts-skewed network Ovation will run the doc, which comes from Sundance Productions, exclusively in the US in spring 2015. WOWOW, meanwhile, has come on board as a coproduction partner. The paycaster […]

Simon exits as Barnett takes on BBC America

BBC America’s 49.9% stakeholder, AMC Networks, has appointed SundanceTV executive Sarah Barnett as president and general manager of BBC America. Barnett, who has been at AMC-owned SundanceTV for ten years and is the network’s president and general manager, will replace BBC America’s current general manager, Perry Simon. She is due to begin her new role […]

SundanceTV goes noir with drama

US cable channel SundanceTV has commissioned a drama series based on a southern US noir novel from Joe Lansdale. Hap and Leonard will follows a pair of martial art expert best friends – one a white working class labourer and the other a black 6”5 gay Vietnam veteran – struggling through misadventures in east Texas […]

SundanceTV puts gears in motion for Drive deal

UK production and financing consultancy Drive is to identify international scripted drama projects for US cable channel SundanceTV. AMC Networks-owned Sundance has put Drive on a retainer after the agency successfully brokered a coproduction between Sundance, BBC Worldwide and BBC Two for upcoming miniseries One Child. Former RDF and Channel 5 coproduction chief Lilla Hurst […]

Honourable Woman gets HBO presale

Upcoming Maggie Gyllenhaal drama The Honourable Woman has scored its first presale and will broadcast on HBO Nordics. Subscribers to the HBO service in Sweden, Denmark and Norway will be able to view the series following the deal. The show debuts globally in the US and UK later this year but has its international launch […]

News brief: The Returned goes back to Scandinavia

A trio of Scandinavian broadcasters has bought French paranormal drama The Returned (Les Revenants) from distributor Zodiak Rights. Public channels YLE in Finland, NRK in Norway and Icelandic national broadcaster RUV have acquired the Haut et Court TV-produced show. This comes after Swedish pubcaster SVT became one of the first international channels to acquire the […]

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