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All3Media buys into drama producer

All3Media is funding a London-based start-up drama prodco. Two Halves Pictures was co-founded in April by Gina Cronk and Richard Bedser, who have produced dramas for both the UK and America. All3Media declined to state whether it had a majority or minority stake in the company. Jane Turton, All3Media chief executive officer, said: “I’m delighted […]

Hoogstra resurfaces with Banijay’s Stephen David

Former History programming honcho Dirk Hoogstra has resurfaced as chief creative officer of Banijay Group-owned US producer Stephen David Entertainment. At SDE, he will oversee development, packaging and sales of the production slate in the premium content space, responsible for international financing and coproduction. Hoogstra (pictured) is widely liked within the US creative community thanks […]

Time runs out for A.D. on NBC

US broadcaster NBC has axed its Bible-inspired Mark Burnett drama series. A.D. The Bible Continues came from Burnett’s LightWorkers Media, but its ratings have generally failed to match its predecessor series, The Bible, which was a massive hit for cable channel History. A.D. began well, scoring nearly ten million total viewers on Easter Sunday, but […]

MGM travels with Burnett’s A.D.

MGM International Television Distribution is taking Mark Burnett-produced bible-themed scripted series A.D.: Kingdom and Empire to MIPTV. The 12x60mins NBC show top-lines the US studio’s latest slate. Unofficially billed as the follow up to Burnett’s ultra-successful History show The Bible, it follows bitter political rivalries in the era of Jesus Christ as the Apostles, Pontius […]

A+E makes dramatic move with Studios

A+E launched A+E Studios just over a year ago to deliver premium scripted programming to its A&E, History and Lifetime brands, and now the company is taking that content international, its executive VP, Sean Cohan, tells Stewart Clarke. When History moved into scripted programming, it immediately hit its stride – The Bible, Vikings and Hatfields […]

MGM bringing Burnett’s Bible follow-up to market

MGM will launching A.D., Mark Burnett’s upcoming follow-up to his US ratings smash The Bible (pictured), at MIPCOM. The US studio took control of Burnett’s production and distribution companies last month and has added their titles to its roster. The MGM deal saw it take control of One Three Media and LightWorkers Media and fold […]

MGM buys Mark Burnett prodco

US studio MGM has taken a 55% stake in Lightworkers Media, the production company run by Mark Burnett, his partner Roma Downey, and Hearst Entertainment. The deal, which also includes Burnett’s One Three Media, includes all of the prodcos’ key intellectual property, giving MGM control of series including Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Bible […]

Vikings season two ships viewers

The new season of History’s period drama Vikings has failed to muster the same stellar rating as the launch of season one. The first season had a huge advantage in that it had ratings juggernaut The Bible as a lead-in show. It generated around six million viewers per episode when following The Bible. The season […]

Discovery Channel gets 3.4 million for Klondike

The Discovery Channel’s first scripted miniseries, Klondike, has delivered solid debut ratings of 3.4 million viewers. The three-part Gold Rush drama premiered on Monday on US cable, and stars Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Abbie Cornish (Limitless), Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction, Lie to Me) and Sam Shephard (August: Osage County) as fortune hunters in the […]

Data Centre: Cable channels power ahead

Duck Dynasty, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and many others underline the fact that cable shows have been making big headlines for some time now, with outstanding viewing scores and ratings results that challenge the big four broadcasters, says Julia Espérance, media consultant at Eurodata TV and service manager for the New on the Air […]

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