The White Queen


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 […]

HBO Europe buys Breakthrough, Lionsgate dramas

Pay TV business HBO Europe has acquired dramas from North America’s Breakthrough Entertainment and Lionsgate. HBO Europe has tapped Santa Monica-based Lionsgate for a package of programming that will air across the Central and Eastern Europe region, the Nordics and Spain. These include high-rating Starz drama The White Princess, The White Queen and Graves. An […]

Starz joins BBC for Howard’s End

Starz has come on board the BBC adaptation of Howard’s End and the pair will coproduce the TV adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel. Starz will also sell the series internationally. The US premium cable net and the UK pubcaster have a history of working together, having teamed for Da Vinci’s Demons, Torchwood and The […]

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 […]

All3Media buys into drama producer

All3Media is funding a London-based start-up drama prodco. Two Halves Pictures was co-founded in April by Gina Cronk and Richard Bedser, who have produced dramas for both the UK and America. All3Media declined to state whether it had a majority or minority stake in the company. Jane Turton, All3Media chief executive officer, said: “I’m delighted […]

Starz to follow White Queen with White Princess

Starz has greenlit The White Princess, a follow-up to its successful War of the Roses period drama The White Queen (pictured). Like its forbear, The White Princess will be based on a Philippa Gregory novel set in the Tudor period, and be produced by All3Media backed producer Company Pictures. The White Queen writer Emma Frost […]

Asian on-demand service reaches for Starz

Asian SVOD platform iflix has acquired shows such as The White Queen and Black Sails (pictured) from US cable firm Starz’s digital distribution division. The deal, which also includes the likes of Spartacus, was scored with Starz Digital and comes as iflix attempts to establish itself as Southeast Asia’s premiere VOD service. “Our partnership with Starz […]

Stan feels Power, adds Ash

Australian subscription on-demand service Stan has bought Starz series such as Power and the upcoming Ash Vs Evil Dead. The deal for the aforementioned shows and ballet drama Flesh & Bone are exclusive and represent a debut in the market for the trio. Stan made the first two episodes and all of season one of […]

Amazon buys The White Queen

Amazon has taken exclusive US streaming rights to period drama The White Queen. The series will be made available on the Prime Instant Video service in the US and Amazon has snagged exclusive US streaming rights. The show is produced by UK prodco Company Pictures for premium cable net Starz in the US and the […]

Shomi bags premium Starz shows

Upcoming Canadian SVOD service Shomi has acquired a package of premium shows from Starz Digital Media, the on-demand licensing arm of US network Starz. The deal includes New York crime drama Power, which rapper Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson executive produces, LeBron James’ upcoming basketball-themed comedy Survivor’s Remorse, pirate drama Black Sails, David S. Goyer’s Da […]