Lat Am SVOD service bags BBCWW series

Latin American SVOD service Qubit.tv has licensed a “significant” amount of content from the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC. The deal means various BBC Worldwide-sold series will be made available on Qubit.tv subscribers in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay and Uruguay. Life on Mars, Death in Paradise, Primeval, Wallander, Wild South America – […]

SF Studios boss out amid sexism scandal

The CEO of Scandinavia’s SF Studios is leaving the Bonnier-owned company amid a scandal over an allegedly sexist corporate culture and improper conduct at the recent Cannes film festival. Jonas Fors will leave his position, effective immediately, with deputy CEO and COO Frida Westerberg covering as a new chief executive is sought. Bonnier released a […]

ITV goes for wartime drama

UK commercial channel ITV has commissioned an 8x60mins period drama set in high London society during the Second World War. Set in 1940 in a glamorous five-star hotel, The Halcyon will look at how war impacted life in the British city, set to a soundtrack of music from the era. Wallander prodco Left Bank Pictures […]

The Crown producer targets China drama

UK drama production company Left Bank Pictures is to begin targeting the Chinese market after signing a co-development deal with the China International Television Corporation. This pact will see Sony Pictures Television-owned Left Bank, which is producing Netflix royal drama The Crown, and CITVC working up English-language scripted programming for the Chinese and international markets. […]

Wuaki grabs Gomorrah, Nordic dramas

On-demand service Wuaki.tv has scored a content partnership with UK home entertainment distributor Arrow Films that will hand it shows such as Italian crime series Gomorrah. Wuaki has been building a catalogue of Hollywood and independent titles for its subscription base, and this latest deal means it will offer TV and movie titles from Italian, […]

CEO exits Zodiak’s Yellow Bird

Anni Faurbye Fernandez is to leave her post as CEO of Zodiak Media’s Swedish prodco Yellow Bird in order to launch her own TV and film production firm. Fernandez has been with Yellow Bird since 2008 and been CEO since January 2012, but is moving on to launch a Denmark-based producer. Zodiak Nordic chief executive […]

Wallander III sells worldwide

The third season of Wallander has sold to various territories worldwide including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, former Yugoslavia, CIS countries, Iceland and Poland. The Swedish series, this time based on Henning Mankell’s last novel The Troubled Man and original scripts, will air on the BBC in the UK, where Arrow Films will hold the […]

NPO preps premium Dutch VOD service with US movies

Dutch public broadcasting organisation NPO is set to launch a subscription video-on-demand service early next year, which will carry major US movies. NPO Plus is designed to have less advertising and more content than the NPO’s existing free NPO Uitzending Gemist catch-up service. The service will roll out on a one-year trial and will offer […]

Left Bank boosts Sony TV sales

The acquisition of UK drama company Left Bank Pictures last year has helped a year-on-year third quarter revenue increase for Sony’s television business. Left Bank is the producer behind successful series such as the UK remake of Scandinavian crime drama Wallander (pictured), sports drama The Damned United and US/UK coproduction Strike Back. It joined SPT […]

Zodiak’s Yellow Bird, Chernin adapting thriller novel for TV

Yellow Bird Entertainment, the Swedish drama firm behind The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Chernin Entertainment have partnered to adapt an upcoming spy thriller novel for television. The Swede is a novel from army helicopter pilot Robert Kariel about a Swedish secret service agent who is drawn into a complex and mysterious investigation after […]