Wayward Pines

Apple orders thriller drama from Sixth Sense director

Apple has ordered its latest original by Sixth Sense writer and director M. Night Shyamalan. The psychological thriller was given a straight-to-series order, with Shyamalan executive producing and Tony Basgallop writing. It will be a half-hour series and has received a ten-episode order, although further details are yet to be revealed. Shyamalan will direct the […]

Jason Simms joining Sky Vision from Fox

Jason Simms is swapping his role as senior VP of global acquisitions at Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa to become Sky Vision’s drama and comedy chief. A familiar face at international markets, Simms has been with the 21st Century Fox-owned broadcaster for more than twelve years, during which time he bought first-run rights to […]

Fox unites Hawley’s Legion globally

New FX and Marvel series Legion will go day-and-date with its US debut on more than 125 Fox channels outside the States. Coming from Fargo’s Noah Hawley and set in the X-Men universe, Legion follows a trouble young man who realises the voices he heard and visions he sees may be real. Dan Stevens (Downton […]

Televisa creates Netflix SVOD rival

Mexican broadcaster Televisa has launched an SVOD service, Blim, which will go head-to-head with Netflix in Latin America. The service debuted yesterday with exclusive, first-run programming such as James Bond movie Spectre and US series such as Wayward Pines. It will also include a large volume of Televisa library programming. The plan is to create […]

FIC aligns all international Fox channels

Fox International Channels is aligning all of its international Fox channels under a unified global brand. Currently, the channel looks different territory-by-territory, but will now carry a single brand and on-air look around the world. “There are key brands like Disney, but they are in kids, or HBO, but it is premium, or YouTube, which […]

Fox staffs up for Swedish launch

Fox International Channels is launching its flagship Fox channel in Sweden and is staffing up for the new service. The general entertainment offering will roll out on pay TV operator Com Hem’s platform on the autumn. FIC already distributes the National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild channels in Sweden, but the Com Hem deal marks […]

Canal+ buys Fox’s Wayward Pines

French pay TV broadcaster Canal+ has become the first international buyer of upcoming M. Night Shyamalan drama Wayward Pines. The series, which will star Matt Dillon, will go out on the Fox broadcast network in the US. Fox International Channels has taken all global rights and is planning a simultaneous launch of the show across […]

FIC secures all Wayward Pines rights

Fox International Channels has acquired rigths to M. Night Shyamalan’s event thriller series Wayward Pines. The deal represents the first time FIC has agreed a deal to control all rights to a programme outside of the US. FIC will be the exclusive first-window broadcaster of the Matt Dillon-starring show in 125 territories, and will control […]

LA Screenings: Broadcast Strikes Back

With US cable series such as Hatfields & McCoys gaining traction with key demographics in the past year, broadcast networks have reacted with new comedies, reboots and spin offs and a shift toward short-run series for the new season. Jesse Whittock looks at how this will affect buyers at the LA Screenings. Laughter, it’s often […]