True Detective


Anonymous hits UK with Playground exec leading new prodco

Sophie Gardiner is exiting Playground Television to lead a new production outfit that has True Detective producer Anonymous Content backing it. She will lead Chapter One as managing director, aiming to create high-end television drama and film. LA-based producer and management firm Anonymous, which has been long been connected with a UK launch, is partnering […]

True Detective officially returning to HBO duty

US premium cable channel HBO has finally confirmed a third season of crime drama True Detective. The future of the show had been unclear after the second season failed to live up to sky-high expectations following the critically loved first run. However, Time Warner-owned HBO has now officially greenlit season three, with writer and creator […]

Westworld one of three HBO recommissions

Westworld’s stellar season one ratings have lead to the HBO sci-fi/mystery drama getting a second season commission, along with half-hours Divorce and Insecure. Season one numbers for Westworld, a remake of the 1970s movie of the same name about rogue robots in a futuristic theme park, are tracking ahead of the first runs of Game […]

Ziggo replacing HBO with Series XL

Liberty Global-owned Dutch cable operator Ziggo will launch a new movies and series package in January as part of a move to replace HBO Netherlands following Liberty and HBO’s decision to shut down their joint venture. The Ziggo Movies & Series XL offering of channels and on-demand services will launch on January 1, and will include […]

Viewpoint: The anthology strikes back

Dan Whitehead, head of drama and digital at UK consultancy K7 Media, on how anthology dramas have emerged from their slumber Like any creative industry, TV drama is not immune from the lure of a good bandwagon, but few have caught on as quickly as the current mania for anthology series, as a look at […]

Westworld UK launch bigger than Game of Thrones

Westworld’s debut in the UK was bigger than both Game of Thrones and Fortitude. The new HBO sci-fi drama pulled in a consolidated 1.84 million viewers on its debut in the UK on pay TV channel Sky Atlantic. This makes it bigger than Game of Thrones’ debut (1.45 million) and previous record holder Fortitude (1.74 […]

Mr. Robot firm sells stake to Laurene Powell Jobs

The US production company behind Robot and True Detective has sold a significant minority stake to the Emerson Collective, a company run by the widow of Steve Jobs. Anonymous Content had been heavily tipped to sell a stake to Endemol Shine Group, but has instead revealed an agreement with social mobility-focused media group Emerson Collective. […]

HBO launching in Spain with Vodafone

HBO has struck a deal with Vodafone in Spain for the launch of its planned streaming video-on-demand service in the country, to be called HBO España. HBO said its Spanish service will launch with an extensive catalogue of premium content including current series such as Game of Thrones, True Detective, Veep, Silicon Valley and a variety […]

MIPTV Hot Pick: Real Detective

  True crime programming is increasingly informed by the pacing, tone and production values seen in the scripted world, and DCD Rights’ big launch for MIPTV is Real Detective, a new factual series inspired by HBO’s hit cop drama True Detective. Real Detective is a factual series heavy on the drama reconstruction, with up to […]

Endemol Shine tipped for Anonymous investment

Endemol Shine Group wants to buy into US film and TV prodco Anonymous Content, according to various reports in the the US trades. These say the US division of Endemol Shine, which is jointly run by Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin, wants a minority stake in Anonymous, which has numerous TV projects in the works, […]

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