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NBCU scores first int’l adaptation for ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is getting its first international adaptation.  NBCUniversal International Formats has licensed the hit comedy series to Quebecor Content-backed prodco ComediHa!, based out of Quebec City in Canada. A broadcaster has not yet been disclosed, though shooting is to begin this summer. The deal marks the first international version of the Golden Globe and […]

Fox orders scripted pilots from Endemol Shine based on Oz, French series

Fox has ordered two scripted pilots from Endemol Shine North America.  The Path duo Annie Weisman and Jason Katims are to oversee a new drama pilot based on the original Endemol Shine Australia series Sisters (pictured) from Jonathan Gavin and Imogen Banks, which originally aired on Network Ten in 2017, and was picked up by Netflix as an Original last year. […]

NBC pair to replace Amazon-bound Salke

US broadcaster NBC has promoted a pair of in-house execs to replace president of entertainment Jennifer Salke, who is soon to join Amazon Studios. Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta have been named co-presidents of scripted programming at NBC Entertainment. They’re being upped after the well-respected Salke, who ushered in series such as This is Us […]

Jeremy Piven’s CBS drama dropped

US broadcaster CBS has dropped Wisdom of the Crowd, which stars the under-fire Jeremy Piven. The show, based on an Israeli format, will not get a back order, with the remaining episodes of its 13-episode initial run staying in their 8pm Sunday slot until completion. The drama, which is from Universal Television and CBS Television […]

Apple orders Spielberg anthology drama

Apple has kicked off its push into high-end scripted programming with the commission of Amazing Stories from director Steven Spielberg. The anthology drama is the first ordered under Apple worldwide video chiefs Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg. The deal is nearly complete, with Spielberg’s Amblin Television set to coproduce alongside Universal Television and Bryan […]

CBS orders F.B.I. drama from Dick Wolf

US broadcaster CBS has commissioned a 13-episode drama from procedural king Dick Wolf. F.B.I. (WT) will follow the inner workings on the New York branch of the US criminal investigation agency the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The news will be of interest to international acquisitions executives, who have been urging US broadcasters to commission more […]

Netflix orders Amy Poehler comedy series

Netflix has brought in a new comedy series created by Amy Poehler, Leslye Headland and Natasha Lyonne. The eight-episode untitled series is set to premiere on Netflix in more than 190 countries around the world. It follows a young woman named Nadia (Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honour at a seemingly inescapable […]

Netflix kills off Gypsy drama

Subscription VOD service Netflix has cancelled its therapy-themed drama Gypsy after one season. The move highlights Netflix’s increasingly tough approach to its original programmes, and comes after high profile series The Get Down and Sense8. As the service does not release viewing figures, it is unclear exactly why Gypsy has been axed. Gypsy is a […]

Syfy UK heads to Midnight, Texas

Pay TV channel Syfy UK has bought network drama Midnight, Texas from Comcast cousin NBCUniversal International Distribution. The supernatural-themed thriller is set in a remote Texan town where being strange is normal and only outsiders fit in. François Arnaud (Blindspot stars). It will debut in the UK in July. NBCU International Networks VP of programming […]

NBC selects drama pair & shuts Emerald City

US broadcaster NBC has given the greenlight to a pair of dramas, and also cancelled 2016-17 season series Emerald City. The Comcast-owned network has ordered full seasons of Rise and For God & Country. Rise is a drama from Friday Night Lights’ Jason Katims and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller. It stars Josh Radnor (How I […]

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