The X-Files

Channels ditching imports for local drama – study

Local dramas are increasingly pushing imported programmes off channel schedules, a new report suggests. Eurodata TV Worldwide’s Scripted Series Report 2016 shows that of the top 15 primetime shows from 103 channels polled, 84% are locally-produced series. Imports appear less on schedules as a result, with Eurodata’s international research manager, Avril Blondelot, saying “true international […]

The X Files claims global ratings of 50m

The first instalments of the new series of sci-fi drama The X Files have been watched by 50 million viewers around the world, according to Fox. The new series has performed well on the Fox broadcast network in the US, which launched the first two episodes of the new season on consecutive nights. Internationally the […]

Fox goes day-and-date with X-Files

Fox International Channels has acquired The X-Files and will launch it day-and-date with the US broadcast. FIC channels in more than 60 territories will begin airing the show within 24 hours of its American broadcasts, which begin on January 24 on Fox. The territories comprise Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina; in South East Asia including Hong […]

Channel 5 to re-open X-Files in UK

UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5 has acquired the reboot of US sci-fi drama The X-Files. Various British broadcasters were understood to have been interested in the show, which debuts early next year on US broadcaster Fox, meaning Channel 5 has won out in a bidding war. The show will reunite Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny […]

CTV buys The X Files

Canadian broadcaster CTV has bought the new X-Files series. The reboot of the classic show will go out on CTV’s air, starting in late January. It will also be on the CTV Go catch-up service and will then be added to the line-up on the CraveTV streaming service, which like CTV, is owned and operated […]

Spotnitz prodco makes French play

Frank Spotnitz’s prodco, Big Light Productions, has hired a former Canal+ commissioner to oversee a newly-opened French office and projects in London. Lorraine Sullivan will join the Man in the High Castle producer to oversee projects from Big Light’s London headquarters and the new Paris office that focus on drama, documentaries and films relating to […]

Ten resurrects Survivor, orders Long Lost Family

Network Ten has ordered several international formats and finished shows as part of its new season line-up, and renewed a raft of others. The Australian free-to-air broadcaster is resurrecting the classic reality format Survivor for its 2016 line-up. Local versions of the CBS-distributed survival format have run on both of Ten’s commercial rivals – Network Seven […]

X Files reboot to debut at MIPCOM

An episode of Fox’s upcoming reboot of The X Files will screen at MIPCOM in Cannes next month. Vendor 20th Century Fox Television Distribution will present episode one of the sci-fi drama to buyers on Tuesday October 6 in the Grand Auditorium in the Palais des Festivals at 6.30pm. The show is set to relaunch […]

Fox reopens X-Files

Agents Mulder and Scully are headed back to US broadcast TV after 13 years. Fox has commissioned a six-part reprisal of The X-Files, which will go into production this summer ahead of a currently undefined debut date as an event series. The original X-Files launched in 1993 and ran for nine seasons. It followed David […]

Greenbird buys into Frank Spotnitz’s prodco

UK production group Greenbird is acquiring a minority stake in The X Files writer Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions. It is the latest investment made by Greenbird after it bought into fledgling UK indies including Riverdog Productions and Rumpus Media. It said the deal with Spotnitz would see it provide the US writer and his […]