Ridley Scott making Philip K. Dick series for Syfy

Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions is adapting sci-fi author Philip K. Dick’s Man In The High Castle as a four-hour miniseries for cable network Syfy. The X-Files’ writer Frank Spotniz will pen and executive produce the new show. Scott Free will make the series with Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd Productions and FremantleMedia International. FremantleMedia international […]

Syfy’s game-based series to get UK outing

Defiance, Syfy’s online computer game and TV series crossover, will be shown in the UK 24 hours after its US launch next month. NBC Universal-backed pay TV channel Syfy and games publisher Trion Worlds are making Defiance, which they claim marks a first-of-its-kind convergence between the TV and online gaming sectors. The launch of the […]

Syfy preps debut of MMORPG game and TV show crossover

Syfy will debut its online computer game and TV series crossover, Defiance, in mid-April. Syfy and games publisher Trion Worlds claim the launch of the property marks a first-of-its-kind convergence between the TV and online gaming sectors. The launch of the scripted TV series will coincide with the release of the online game and the […]

Jack Black making web series Ghost Ghirls for Yahoo

Actor Jack Black and the US division of Shine are teaming to make web comedy series Ghost Ghirls. The twelve-episode digital series, which was originally slated for US cable net Syfy, will debut next spring on ISP Yahoo!’s Yahoo! Screen service. It will be made by Black’s Electric Dynamite Productions and Shine America. Black will […]

East meets West as Japan opens its Treasure Box

The double whammy effect of not importing formats and lengthy primetimes filled with original shows means Japanese broadcasters are prolific producers of entertainment series. Takeshi’s Castle, Dragon’s Den, America’s Funniest Home Videos and Iron Chef are huge properties that originated in Japan, but the number of hit international formats is small in proportion to the […]

Syfy orders gladiatorial reality series Robot Combat League

US cable network Syfy has ordered a new gladiatorial reality series – Robot Combat League – from Smart Dog Media. The NBC Universal-owned broadcaster has commissioned the series from Smart Dog Media, the reality producer helmed by former NBC executive Craig Plestis that is responsible for producing series including Minute To Win It and Extreme […]

Georgeville moves into US television

Marc Rosen is the film and TV producer whose credits include Harry Potter and Threshold. In March he set up Georgeville Television (GVTV) and he now has three straight-to-series orders from US broadcast nets and two more on cable. He tells TBI about the new shows, which include a new offering from The X-Files’ Chris […]

Hollywood Studio formats

Plans are underway to make some of the most iconic US shows ever for local broadcasters with international versions of 24, Breaking Bad, ER, Glee and Gossip Girl planned in countries as far afield as Israel and China. Shows including Prison Break, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives have already had the remake treatment and […]

US Cable Upfront Report

TBI has teamed with independent research specialist CableU to get under the skin of this year’s new cable shows. CableU’s analysts have run the rule over 30 key US ad-supported cable networks, based on their distribution levels, influence in the marketplace and their reliance on programming from independent television producers. Using data from the CableU […]

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