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Amazon Studios remakes Israeli autism drama ‘On The Spectrum’

Amazon and Jason Katims (Parenthood) have linked up with the Israel producer behind Netflix hit Fauda to remake a local drama exploring the lives of three people in their 20’s living with autism. On The Spectrum will be a half-hour show and is being produced by Universal Television, Israel’s YesStudios, Katims’ True Jack Productions and […]

CBS greenlights ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ sequel despite Covid-19 uncertainty

CBS has handed out three new scripted commissions – including a straight-to-series order for a sequel to The Silence Of The Lambs – despite the ongoing uncertainty of when the shows might make it to screen. Clarice, which is being produced by CBS Television Studios and MGM TV, will take place shortly after the events […]

Fox drama ‘House’ to be remade in Turkey by Kanal D

Turkish broadcaster Kanal D has commissioned a local version of hit US drama House, the medical series that aired on Fox in the US for eight seasons until 2012. The remake will be produced by Red Arrow Studios-owned Karga Seven Pictures Turkey and is to be known as Hekimoğlu. It has been written by Banu […]

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 […]

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