HBO Europe orders cocaine dealer drama

HBO Europe’s latest original drama is Blinded by the Lights, a Polish-originated six-parter about a Warsaw cocaine dealer. HBO has been pushing more heavily into original programming in recent times and also said today that it has recommissioned Wataha, which was its first ever original series, as first reported by TBI back in 2013. Blinded […]

Channel 4 acquires HBO Europe drama

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has acquired HBO Europe original drama Wataha. The British channel will play the thriller on its foreign-language on-demand service Walter Presents as The Border. Episode one will launch on the broadcast channel later this month as part of a promotional push. Set in Bieszczady, a remote mountainous area that borders Poland […]

Drama’s Dirty Dozen emerge from Serial Eyes

As well as a popular 1967 war movie, the Dirty Dozen is a 12-strong collective of up-and-coming drama writers from Europe who came through the second-edition Serial Eyes, a post-graduate TV drama course run by the German Film and Television Academy (and partnered with the London Film School and National Film School of Denmark). Working […]

ZDF sells romance, dark drama in Cannes

Germany’s ZDF Enterprises has sold a collection of romantic telemovies to broadcasters in French-speaking Canada and Switzerland, as it launches its MIPCOM slate. Bell Media-owned Canal Vie and Switzerland’s RTS have bought telemovies from the commercial arm of German pubcaster ZDF. These come from authors such as Johanna Trollope, Dora Heldt, Rosamunde Pilcher, Cecelia Ahern […]

HBO Europe readies first original local drama series

HBO Europe is producing its first-ever locally-originated drama series, Wataha (The Pack), TBI understands. The European arm of the US premium cable net has been moving more heavily into original production with local versions of In Treatment and Shall We Kiss and, last year, a high-profile miniseries, Burning Bush. The latter project followed the real-life […]