The Young Pope

RTL’s de Posch exiting as Habets becomes sole CEO

Guillaume de Posch is stepping down from his role as co-CEO of RTL Group, leaving Bert Habets as the pan-European broadcast group’s sole chief executive. De Posch (pictured right), who will step down on January 1, will continue to serve as a non-executive member of RTL Group’s Board of Directors. Habets (below left), who was […]

Captive audience: the Spanish SVOD boom

Spain’s drama production sector is moving swiftly towards international television’s top tier, fuelled by the SVOD global boom. Emiliano de Pablos reports. Not so long ago, Spain’s TV drama production sector was completely driven by free-to-air TV broadcasters Mediaset España, Atresmedia and state-owned TVE. However, weighty new players, led by telco giant Telefonica’s  pay TV […]

Sky, HBO anoint New Pope with Sorrentino

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (pictured) will create a second high-end drama about the Catholic Papacy for Sky in Europe and HBO in the US. The New Pope follows on from the Jude Law-starring drama The Young Pope, which Sky, HBO and Canal+ in France all backed financially. However, The New Pope is not part of […]

Young Pope anointed in CEE

Central and Eastern Europe paycaster SPI International / Filmbox has bought The Young Pope and other FremantleMedia International-sold drams. The deal includes Apple Tree Yard and Modus, and covers CEE, Russia and the CIS region. “The Young Pope has been the topic of much excitement with global audiences. We are thrilled to bring this extraordinary series […]

In-demand chart: UK (January 15-21, 2017)

Following a surprisingly inauspicious start, The Grand Tour is now motoring ahead of the competition. The big budget Amazon Prime Video car series leads both the latest digital and overall demand charts in the UK, our latest report shows. In the overall chart, the Jeremy Clarkson-fronted digital original took more than nine million average demand expressions, […]

Mediapro builds content team with ex-Turner exec

Spain-based producer Mediapro Group has hired a content chief for its Argentinian operation, as part of a wider plan to expand internationally. Jimena Hernández has been named director of content for Mediapro Argentina, following the appointment of Laura Fernández Espeso as international content chief last year and the addition of ex-Keshet International exec Ran Tellem. […]

Ran Telem sets up first ever Finland/Spain drama

Drama exec Ran Telem is working up a Finnish-Spanish crime drama. Former Keshet exec Telem joined Spanish media giant Mediapro earlier this year, and alongside Mediapro’s David Troncoso, YLE drama chief Jarmo Lampela, and Noir author Matti Laine, is developing the new show. The Paradise will be a thriller set among the Finnish community living […]

Canal+ outlines plan to rebuild French business

Canal+ has much work to do in France, and the pay TV group is rejigging activity in its domestic French market. Canal+ France, the main asset in the Group, comprises the Canal+, Canalsat and Canalplay pay TV operations. It lost 542,000 subscribers, 9.1% of its total, in the year to end-September, leaving it with 5.4 […]

In-demand chart: Europe (Oct 30-Nov 5, 2016)

There’s no debating: The Walking Dead rules supreme across Europe. Four of our five charts show it out ahead of the competition, with only new Sky original The Young Pope breaking the trend in Italy (hardly surprisingly considering the Jude Law series was conceived and produced in the territory). Below we look in-depth at the charts […]

More broadcasters anoint The Young Pope

A raft of broadcasters including HBO in central and eastern Europe and Fox in the Netherlands have acquired upcoming big-budget drama series The Young Pope. The show was commissioned by Canal+, HBO and Sky Atlantic and is sold internationally by FremantleMedia, which has struck the latest deals. The RTL-backed distributor acquired control of Wildside, which […]