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BET Networks appoints The CW’s Traci Lynn Blackwell for scripted

BET Networks has appointed The CW’s SVP of current programming Traci Lynn Blackwell to oversee its drama output. Blackwell takes the newly created role of head of scripted at BET with a remit to oversee all originals for the company’s linear channels and its streaming service BET Plus. She is based in LA and reports […]

The CW claims streaming rights to new shows including ‘Batwoman’

US broadcaster The CW is to offer viewers exclusive streaming access to its shows during their current seasons, starting with drama trio Batwoman, Nancy Drew and Katy Keene. The arrangement comes after The CW’s parents, Warner Bros and CBS, ended a deal with Netflix that provided the US-based streamer with full seasons of the network’s […]

TBI Weekly: US studios brace for tough questions from global buyers

As major US studios prepare to reveal their new scripted wares to international buyers, there is an atmosphere of confusion and disorganisation in Los Angeles as the terms of trade hang in the balance.  It may still be May but June gloom has descended upon many international execs at this year’s LA Screenings, which is […]

Upfronts 2019: The renewals

There’s been a string of series renewals by the big four networks and The CW ahead of and during this week’s Upfronts. Shows earning all-important second seasons include NBC’s New Amsterdam; ABC’s A Million Little Things, Schooled, Single Parents, The Conners and The Rookie; CBS’s God Friended Me, Magnum P.I. and The Neighborhood; and The […]

Upfronts 2019: All 35 pick-ups broken down

  This year’s Upfronts have so far yielded 35 series pick-ups across the big four networks and The CW. TBI has broken out the dramas and comedies ordered across ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW, along with the studios and producers attached.  Overall, ABC Studios has 6 pick-ups, while 20th Century Fox Television has 8 bringing […]

Luke Perry’s death prompts ‘Riverdale’ production shutdown

The CW has shut down production on hit drama Riverdale following the death of actor Luke Perry. Perry, who played the role of Archie Andrews’ father on the series, which is based on the Archie comics, died on Monday (5 March), less than a week after suffering a massive stroke. It is as yet unclear […]

TBI Weekly: Is Spotify joining the TV hustle?

This week, Spotify hired a TV veteran as its new content chief, which some predict is a sign that the streamer may make a serious push into TV. Dawn Ostroff joins from Condé Nast where she was president of entertainment. The exec joined the publisher in 2011 where she helped found Condé Nast Entertainment and […]

CW to pilot remake of Fox Latin America original

US broadcaster The CW has given a pilot order to a US version of Fox Latin America’s dark comedy Lynch. The American pilot will be titled Playing Dead, with Rina Mimoun (The Catch) and Josh Reims (Jane the Virgin). They executive produce alongside Tariq Jalil (Operation Repo) and Lucas Carter (Camden). CW bought the rights […]

CBS orders F.B.I. drama from Dick Wolf

US broadcaster CBS has commissioned a 13-episode drama from procedural king Dick Wolf. F.B.I. (WT) will follow the inner workings on the New York branch of the US criminal investigation agency the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The news will be of interest to international acquisitions executives, who have been urging US broadcasters to commission more […]

Netflix acquires global rights to Dynasty reboot

Netflix has acquired global rights to The CW’s reboot of Dynasty for all international territories outside of the US. This is one of the few times Netflix has acquired full international rights to a US broadcast show. The streaming giant acquired rights to another CW series, Riverdale, last year, though this did not cover every […]

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