The Royals

Sovereign drama

Top drama producers tell Jesse Whittock about the small screen’s enduring fascination with royalty. The £100 million (US$125 million) budget Netflix’s drama The Crown (above) was reportedly handed isn’t quite the estimated £369 million it’s going to take to renovate Buckingham Palace’s 775 rooms, but is certainly one of the biggest purses to which a […]

High-end TV investment spend hits £478m in UK

Spend on high-end TV production in the UK hit a record £478 million (US$600 million) in 2016, official figures show. Data from the British Film Institute’s Research and Statistic Unit reveal inward investment spend – show funded from outside the UK – grew 11% year-on-year, with ‘repeat business’ productions such as Game of Thrones, Outlander […]

Ex-E! scripted boss to run Lionsgate JV

Former E! head of scripted programming Kevin Plunkett will lead the new Lionsgate and New Regency television and film production joint venture. Lionsgate and film firm New Regency revealed they were joining forces to produce and distribute TV shows and features earlier this year at NATPE Miami. Plunkett, who was in charge of scripted programming […]

E! orders second drama, Objective producing

US cable net E! has ordered The Arrangement, its second ever scripted series after The Royals. All3Media’s Objective USA is coproducing, alongside Universal Cable Productions. Mad Men writer Jonathan Abrahams penned the pilot of The Arrangement, which is billed as ‘a Cinderella story for modern times, with a dramatic and complicated Hollywood twist’. It follows […]

The Royals find a UK home on E!

UK pay TV channel E! has picked up The Royals, the upcoming scripted series about a fictional British royal family. The ten-part series was the first drama offering commissioned by NBCUniversal-owned cable net E! in the US and it will now play on the UK as well as US versions of the Hollywood entertainment channel. […]

Regal ambitions

Royalty is in vogue. Ahead of the launch of Lionsgate’s series The Royals, TBI speaks with the studio’s TV boss Kevin Beggs, and looks at the other regal offerings in the market. E! is best known for its glossy entertainment programming and awards show coverage, but like many US cable channels last year took the […]

Liz Hurley to make Royal appearance in Cannes

Elizabeth Hurley is heading to Cannes to promote her new Lionsgate series The Royals. Hurley and her co-stars William Mosely and Alexandra Park will attend the opening night red carpet. Lionsgate will screen The Royals to select buyers on the Tuesday of the market at the Majestic Barriere hotel. The Royals will debut on E! […]

Lionsgate, e-commerce giant create China streaming service

US media group Lionsgate has linked with Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group to launch a subscription streaming service. Lionsgate Entertainment World (LGEW) will be an SVOD service for the lucrative mainland China market available through Alibaba’s latest generation set-top boxes. Lionsgate and Alibaba will jointly operate LGEW, which will offer Lionsgate shows such as upcoming […]

The Royals – Lionsgate’s regal ambition

E! is best-known for its glossy entertainment programming and awards show coverage, but like many US cable channels has now taken the leap into drama, ordering its first series, The Royals. Shot in London, the show stars Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena, the head of a fictional British Royal family. Mark Schwahn (One Tree Hill) […]

Ovation buys Content’s Royal doc series

US arts cable channel Ovation has returned from MIPTV having secured a programming deal for a British Royal family-themed series from UK-based distributor Content Media Corp. Ovation’s VP of acquisitions and coproductions, Michelle Zajic, told TBI the channel had acquired US debut rights to Content’s six-part Royal family-themed factual series The Royals, which comes from […]