The Musketeers


Drama at the members’ club

Howard Stringer and Jeremy Fox tell TBI about Atrium, their new club for platforms that want to source their own high-end drama series. Howard Stringer is known, among other things, for running Sony, producing for CBS, and until recently, being a non-exec director of UK pubcaster the BBC. His new venture is a first-of-its-kind members […]

First US Hispanic deal for BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide has shopped drama series The Musketeers to Univision net Unimas, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster’s first deal with a free-to-air US Hispanic net. Univision snapped up season one of the swashbuckler and it will go out on Unimas later this year. In the UK, the series went out on BBC One. […]

BBC’s drama channel launching in Europe

BBC Worldwide is launching its drama channel BBC First in Europe for the first time, TBI understands. It will launch in the Netherlands next month and throughout the Benelux region soon after. First is programmed with high-end scripted programming from BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, and third-party UK drama. It has […]

Russian sales first, CEE deals, for BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide has cut its first deal with Amedia, the fledgling Russian broadcaster dubbed ‘the Russian HBO’, TBI has learned. AMedia launched its channels and on-demand service last year, snagging an exclusive output deal with HBO and content deals with Fox, Showtime and Starz among others. It has picked up a thirty-hour package from BBC […]

BBC drama boss leaves to revive FremantleMedia’s Euston Films

The BBC’s head of drama, Kate Harwood (left), is leaving the UK public broadcaster revive Euston Films, the FremantleMedia-owned production company that made iconic series including Van der Valk, The Sweeney and Minder between 1971 and 1994 before winding down Harwood will leave her role as head of drama production to become managing director at […]

Tony Hall: BBC is value for money

BBC director general Tony Hall has argued that though the corporation has made mistakes in the past, it is delivering better value for money than 20 years ago, and said drama is “top of the priority list” in its current budget discussions. Delivering a speech at the Voice of the Listener & Viewer Conference in […]

Sky Living announces new pilots in drama drive

Sky Living HD has ordered two new pilots and announced big name cast additions for previously announced projects as part of an ongoing push into original drama. The pair of new offerings from the UK pay TV network, which is part of BSkyB’s channel portfolio, are Lawless and The Psychopath Next Door (pictured). Lawless will […]

Foxtel-BBC channel deal ‘disappoints ABC’

Australian pay TV provider Foxtel is to launch a premium BBC content channel on its platform. The move has reportedly upset BBC Worldwide’s long-term partner in the territory, the ABC. Yesterday, Foxtel unveiled what it described as a “significant multi-platform deal” with the BBC’s commercial arm BBCWW to create an ad-free subscription channel offering premieres […]