The Forge

Banijay UK acquires ‘Becoming Elizabeth’ prodco The Forge

Banijay UK has acquired The Forge, the UK drama producer behind titles including Marriage, Help and Becoming Elizabeth. The company is led by founder and MD George Faber, with its senior creative team also consisting of exec producer and head of business affairs Mark Pybus and exec producers Beth Willis and George Ormond. The acquisition […]

BBC orders Grenfell Tower fire drama from ‘Wolf Hall’s Peter Kosminsky

UK pubcaster the BBC has commissioned Grenfell, a drama about the 2017 fire at Grenfell Tower in West London which killed 72 people. Told from multiple perspectives, the three-part series will shine a light on the human stories of those caught up in the tragedy, exploring the profound impact of Grenfell on survivors, the families […]

MIPCOM Drama round-up: HBO Max collects two new shows; ‘The Minister’ sells in Oz, Canada & Europe; ‘Roadkill’ goes global

HBO Max picks up two new dramas WarnerMedia-owned US streamer HBO Max has acquired two new European-made dramas, the psychological thriller Possessions and Adult Material, about the British porn industry. Produced by France’s Haut et Court TV and London-based Quiddity for Canal+, Creation Original and Yes TV Israel, with the participation of CNC and BeTV, […]

Channel 4 teams with Ben Wheatley, Paul Dacre for landmark series

Ben Wheatley scores first TV project with Channel 4 Film director Ben Wheatley (High-Rise; Happy New Year, Colin Burstead) has partnered with The Forge on a six-part zombie comedy drama that will be his first foray into TV. The 6 x 60-minute Generation Z finds a group of teenagers battling against a wave of pensioners who […]

ITVSGE strikes deal with Kate Sinclair’s Alchemy Entertainment

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVSGE) has struck a first-look deal with Alchemy Entertainment, the recently launched production outfit from former Company Pictures exec Kate Sinclair. Sinclair (pictured) set up Alchemy earlier this year after being an executive producer at the UK prodco The Forge for three years, where she was behind shows including BBC1 and […]

C4 drama head partners with The Forge

Indie drama company The Forge has secured Channel 4 (C4) drama boss Beth Willis to join them as partner. Willis was appointed head of drama in 2016 and joined C4 as deputy head of drama in 2012 to commission original series for the channel. The exec is credited with commissioning a range of hit dramas […]

BBC One makes Three drama order

UK channel BBC One has commissioned a pair of dramas, one based on a trilogy of Sarah Lotz books called The Three. The other is an original script titled The Serpent, and comes from Ripper Street’s Richard Warlow. The Three follows a mystery that begins after three children miraculously survive four plane crashes, with a […]

Netflix, Carey Mulligan join BBC drama

Netflix will offer upcoming BBC drama Collateral internationally, with Hollywood star Carey Mulligan (pictured) announced on the casting side. In the UK, BBC Two commissioned the David Hare-penned, four-part thriller drama that is set over the course of four days in modern day London. Mulligan (An Education) will star as a single-minded detective who believes […]