The Game

BBC First launching with Sony in Japan

BBC Worldwide’s new channel brand BBC First is launching as a programming block on Sony Pictures Television’s mystery-themed network in Japan. The deal to place Brit content on SPT Networks’ AXN Mystery channel marks BBC First’s first branded programming block, and comes after the brand launched as a full channel in Australia. In Japan, the […]

BBC Worldwide notches sales as Showcase opens

BBC Worldwide has announced a raft of sales as its Showcase event gets underway in Liverpool, England. The commercial arm of the UK pubcaster flagged 700 hours of drama sales. Broadcasters in Western Europe accounted for 121 hours of the total with sales highlights including German pubcasterWDR buying a drama package including The Game, Happy […]

BBC’s Musketeers swashbuckles into new territories

A raft of international broadcasters have acquired BBC drama swashbuckler Musketeers. The show launched this year on BBC One in the UK and is distributed by the pubcaster’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. It has shopped the ten-part series to German public broadcaster ARD and its Norwegian equivalent NRK. Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4 has also bought […]

ABC devalues Assets but Cold War entices BBC America

US broadcaster ABC has pulled its period drama The Assets amid poor ratings, while cable channel BBC America has greenlit a separate Cold War scripted series. The Assets, which comes from Lincoln Square Productions and is based on a non-fiction book about the CIA, has been cancelled after two episodes following dismal ratings. However, dramas […]

Analysis: OTT to the rescue…

…or how streaming services are saving TV series and allowing others to get made. Pay TV operators are living in fear of people dumping their services for streaming equivalents such as Netflix or Amazon/Lovefilm. Their concerns will not have been assuaged this year as both launched a raft of premium, original content that won plaudits, […]

BBC One orders raft of new dramas, comedies, formats

British public broadcaster BBC One has ordered a raft of new series including a number of big-budget dramas. The network has ordered Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell, The 7.39 and The Game as well as new sitcom Father Figure. Other new additions to the network’s 2013 schedule include primetime documentary series The Prisoners And Life-Savers […]