The Last Panthers

Returning miniseries

Distributors will tell you that if they could have one drama production in their portfolio it would be an evergreen returning franchise that rakes in the cash year after year. But this doesn’t alter the fact that TV movies, minis and limited runs are also regarded as valuable assets and are increasingly getting recommissioned as […]

Worldwide brings Doctor Who spinoff

BBC Worldwide will show its Class in Cannes, with the international launch of a teen-skewed Doctor Who spin-off. Class comes from the creators of the hit sci-fi series and is written by Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls). It follows a group of teen students at Coal Hill Academy – an existing part of the Doctor […]

DirecTV Lat Am welcomes Last Panthers

Pay TV provider DirecTV Latin America has acquired six-part crime series The Last Panthers. The Sky Atlantic and Canal+ drama will launch regionally on the platform today. The show, from the UK’s Warp Films and France’s Haut et Court Television, follows a gang of daring diamond thieves who are drawn into a collision with a […]

Vesper scoots to FremantleMedia drama team

FremantleMedia has hired former SundanceTV drama chief Christian Vesper as executive VP, creative director of global drama. Vesper left AMC Networks-owned SundanceTV earlier this year, but will now work within FremantleMedia’s drama unit, reporting to director of global drama Sarah Doole. He will be based in London and New York, working closely with FremantleMedia’s production […]

Fox plans Euro copros out of the UK

The international arm of Fox is planning to work up European coproductions that will be made out of the UK. Fox UK head of programming Toby Etheridge was discussing the copro plans at the Anglo-French Totally Serialized programming festival in London yesterday. Asked whether Fox, which recently restructured its international operations, was in the market […]

SundanceTV buys BBC-Keshet autism drama

American cable channel SundanceTV has added to its overseas drama ranks by acquiring the British version of Israeli drama The A-Word. SundanceTV becomes a coproducer on the show (pictured), which is for the BBC and comes from Endemol Shine Group-owned Fifty Fathoms and Keshet UK. The A-Word joins SundanceTV’s 2016 drama line-up, which includes Sky […]

SBS buys The Last Panthers

Australian pubcaster SBS has acquired buzzy drama series The Last Panthers. The crime series, which was a copro between France’s Canal+ and Sky in the UK, follows the infamous jewel-robbing team the Pink Panthers and is set across various European locations. The series is co-distributed by Sky Vision and Studio Canal who jointly announced the […]

Atlantique poaches Haut et Court’s Desmarais

France’s Atlantique Productions has poached Jimmy Desmarais from The Last Panthers coproducer Haut et Court to become its co-managing director. Desmarais will work alongside existing MD Olivier Bibas at the scripted producer, which is part of the Lagardère Studios group and best known for shows such has Borgia and Transporter. Lagardère Studios sees Desmarais’ hire […]

HBO Nordic welcomes Last Panthers

Scandinavian pay TV service HBO Nordic has acquired big-budget European crime drama The Last Panthers. The 6x60mins series will air on the platform following a deal with co-distributors Sky Vision and StudioCanal. Panthers, which was given a big push at MIPCOM in Cannes last week, debuts on Sky in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and […]

The Last Panthers to stalk Cannes

Upcoming heist drama The Last Panthers will be the World Premiere Screening at MIPCOM in October. The big-budget Sky Atlantic and Canal+ copro will be screened on the Monday of the market in the Grand Auditorium. Cast members will then take part in a Q&A with Samantha Morton (below right) expected to be in attendance. […]