Underbelly


UnReal’s Noxon behind Dietland plan for AMC

US cable channel AMC has given the greenlight to Dietland, the latest drama from UnReal showrunner Marti Noxon. News of the series first emerged last year, and a ten-part series is now going ahead following successful execution of AMC’s writers’ room development model. This sees writers work on scripts for several months ahead of a […]

Des Monaghan leaving Screentime

Des Monaghan is leaving Screentime, the Australian production business he founded 18 years ago. Monaghan is a well known figure in the international TV business with numerous production credits including the Underbelly franchise. Screentime was acquired by Banijay in late 2012 and Monaghan will step down as executive director at the end of May. He […]

Screentime poaches ABC ents boss, promotes Steel

Banijay-owned Australian producer Screentime has poached ABC Television’s head of entertainment to become its new non-fiction boss. Jennifer Collins has resigned from her post and taken on the role of head of non-fiction at Screentime, which was recently commissioned by ABC to create three-hour factual series The Flying Miners (WT). Simultaneously, Screentime has promoted executive […]

Australia and NZ take a seat at the drama table

Producers in Australia and New Zealand are creating a new wave of international-friendly scripted series for their distribution partners to take to market, but the popularity and lower cost of formats and reality shows poses a threat to the sector, report Dan Barrett and Stewart Clarke. Expectation. Its shadow carries considerable weight across Australia and […]

Nine preps Underbelly spin-off

Australia’s Network Nine is working on Fat Tony and Co, a spin-off of its crime drama franchise Underbelly. The nine-part miniseries will feature a number of original Underbelly cast members and tell the story of real life Australian crime lord Tony Mokbel, who eventually arrested in an Athens café after fleeing to Greece. Banijay-owned Screentime […]

MTG set to pip Sky Vision to DRG deal

Patrick Svensk’s MTG Studios is set to acquire UK distributor DRG after outgunning Sky Vision in an auction for the company, TBI understands. Sources close to the companies have said MTG Studios and Sky Vision are the remaining bidders in the process, with MTG set to win an auction process that began earlier this year […]

DRG wins back Underbelly rights

DRG has picked up international rights to the latest two seasons of popular Australian crime drama Underbelly. The distributor sold the first three seasons of the scripted series before ITV Studios stepped in and took the rights to the fourth season, Underbelly: Razor. DRG will now sell Underbelly 5: Badness and Underbelly 6: Squizzy. The […]