True Detective

Sony Crime channel, Nine get Real Detective

Sony’s new UK crime net, True Crime, and Australian free-TV broadcaster Nine have both acquired Real Detective, the True Detective-inspired docudrama. The show is distributed by DCD Rights, which sealed the deals. The 8x60mins series has well known actors,including Michael Madsen (pictured), re-enacting a real-life case that defined a detective’s career. The real detective opens […]

HBO consolidates scripted as Ellenberg exits

US premium cable channel HBO has handed comedy chief Casey Bloys control of drama after the exit of Michael Ellenberg. Bloys has been promoted from executive VP to president, series, late night and specials at the Time Warner-owned network. This means he will take over the drama commissioning duties of EVP Ellenberg, who leaving but […]

Star becomes ‘India’s home of HBO’

21st Century Fox-owned pay TV service Star India has become the latest local ‘home of HBO’ after an agreement with the US-based premium television provider. As of January 1, 2016, Star’s English-language networks and digital platform Hotstar will become the exclusive broadcaster of all HBO programming, including Game of Thrones, Veep (pictured) and True Detective. […]

‘HBO, Netflix lead Amazon in digital originals’

Demand for key original series from HBO Now and Netflix far out-strips that for Amazon Prime Instant Video shows internationally, according to new research. Parrot Analytics’s study of the UK, US and Australian markets showed HBO’s Game of Thrones is by far the most demanded originally-produced series from an SVOD provider. The results were reached […]

Wanted: procedural series

Demand remains high for procedural drama, but the supply from the US is slowing. Stewart Clarke investigates how the procedural genre is being reinvented and how international producers and distributors are increasingly getting involved in a genre that was once the preserve of the studios While Breaking Bad, House of Cards and True Detective exemplify […]

Portuguese Netflix rival launches

Portuguese pay TV operator Nos has launched a subscription video-on-demand service ahead of the arrival of Netflix in the country next month. Nos’s N Play will offer a range of films, series and kids content in HD quality for a fixed subscription of €7.50 (US$8.37) a month. To promote the new SVOD service, Nos will […]

Danish cable service adds HBO Nordic

Danish telco TDC has signed a deal to bring HBO Nordic, the premium content provider’s Scandinavian OTT service, to its TV subscribers. TDC will  make HBO Nordic available to TDC TV and YouSee TV Plus cable customers, bringing content including Game of Thrones and True Detective to its customers. HBO Nordic will be made available […]

BT adds Game of Thrones downloads

UK telco BT has added Game of Thrones to its download-to-own line-up and claims the hit HBO series will be available to buy digitally on BT TV before it launches on other sell-through platforms. The BT deal with HBO Home Entertainment gives the telco several of the premium cablers dramas for its download store. Other […]

LA Screenings: SVT wants the ‘wow factor’

SVT is in Hollywood chasing shows with a ‘wow factor’ that will create buzz among the Swedish pubcaster’s audiences. SVT has six drama slots a week, most of which are at 9.30pm or 10pm, but is in the market for drama or comedy that veers away from traditional genres such as cop procedurals and instead […]

Sky Germany going day-and-date with HBO

Sky Germany will start launching HBO series on the same day they go out on the premium cabler’s domestic US service. The day and date move starts with the new, fifth, season of Game of Thrones (pictured) on April 12, but will extend to all upcoming HBO series. The initiative means that new seasons of […]