Tandem Productions

MGM hires Rola Bauer to head up int’l TV productions

Fargo and The Handmaid’s Tale studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) has hired Rola Bauer as its president of international TV productions. Bauer will oversee development, production and co-productions for MGM’s scripted TV content with an eye on global markets, and reports into MGM TV chairman Mark Burnett. She will be based in Munich but split […]

Studiocanal takes full control of ‘Crossing Lines’ prodco Tandem

French producer and distributor Studiocanal has taken 100% control of Tandem Productions (aka Studiocanal TV) after striking a deal with shareholders Rola Bauer, Tim Halkin and Jonas Bauer. The deal comes almost a decade after Studiocanal took a 51% stake in Spotless and Crossing Lines outfit Tandem Productions, which was founded by Halkin in 2012. […]

Scripted Hot Pick: Shadowplay

Created by Måns Mårlind, whose previous shows include The Bridge and Midnight Sun, this Berlin-based drama is set in what producers describe as “the wild west of purgatory”. It follows the exploits of US cop Max McLaughlin, played by True Detective’s Taylor Kitsch, with the 16-episode series split into two eight-part seasons. Having landed in […]

Tandem, Bron Studios set for thriller from The Bridge scribe

Tandem Productions, a Studiocanal company, and Bron Studios are set to produce a gritty dramatic thriller from The Bridge (pictured) writer Måns Mårlind. The two production outfits will co-produce the eight-part series with Germany’s ZDF. It will be co-financed by a line-up of major international networks, including Viaplay, CCanal+, Canal + Poland and Holland’s NPO. Set […]

Castle team coming to Cannes with Studiocanal

Castle creator Andrew W. Marlowe and executive producer Terri Edda Miller (pictured) are heading to the Croisette to market their new detective series. The pair will be in town with distributor Studiocanal, whose subsidiary, Tandem Productions, is coproducing new series Take Two. Marlowe and Miller are behind Castle, the ABC crime drama that has run […]

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 […]

SBS buys another Studiocanal drama

Australian pubcaster SBS has acquired another drama from French distributor Studiocanal. The deal comes after the network bought The Last Panthers, which Studiocanal jointly distributes with Sky Vision. Spotless, a ten-part crime drama about a man that becomes embroiled with the mob, will air on SBS2 next year. “Edgy, funny and filled with danger, Spotless […]

Wanted: procedural series

Demand remains high for procedural drama, but the supply from the US is slowing. Stewart Clarke investigates how the procedural genre is being reinvented and how international producers and distributors are increasingly getting involved in a genre that was once the preserve of the studios While Breaking Bad, House of Cards and True Detective exemplify […]

Tandem lines up Ken Follett event series

Tandem Productions is lining up another series based on a Ken Follett novel, taking rights to the writer’s spy thriller Code to Zero. Tandem, which is owned by France’s StudioCanal, has already successfully adapted two Follet books for TV – The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. Crossing Lines prodco Tandem said Code […]