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NBC to remake Anthony Horowitz drama

NBC is developing an American network version of ITV’s 2009 drama Collision, which Foyle’s War writer Anthony Horowitz created. Horowitz will showrun the format, with the UK’s Eleventh Hour Films (Vexed) working with TriStar Television and Carol Mendelsohn Productions (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) on the project. Horowitz is in the process of writing two episodes […]

Legendary taps talent agent for top scripted job

US studio Legendary Television has appointed a WME talent agent as its president of scripted. Veteran literary agent Lauren Heller Whitney will take up the post at the Hollywood studio after Legendary president Bruce Rosenblum carried out a long search. Previous top scripted executive Peter Johnson, who is executive VP, has extended his contract until […]

Ex-Zodiak USA execs open up new indie

Geno McDermott and Joanne Inglott (pictured above right) have launched a new US-based indie producer, Blackfin. The pair’s new prodco will work up character-based factual series and sports-themed content for US cable and digital networks. McDermott will be company CEO and Inglott partner and executive producer, current programming. McDermott is coming off Left/Right-produced Animal Planet […]

US deal for Rising Star

ABC has ordered a ten-episode US version of Rising Star, the next-generation singing format distributed by Keshet International. The US broadcast network ordered the format from Keshet DCP, marking the first deal for the recently created joint venture between Israel’s Keshet and Dick Clark’s US prodco. Rising Star will bow next summer on ABC and […]

USA orders action drama from Tim Kring, Gideon Raff

USA Network has commissioned a six-episode run of DIG, an action adventure event series from Heroes creator Tim Kring and Homeland’s Gideon Raff. The series has been in development at Keshet Media Group and US producer BermanBraun and will now go into production via that pair and Covert Affairs producer Universal Cable Productions and with […]

Kevin Costner signs first-look deal with Lionsgate venture

Hatfields & McCoys star Kevin Costner has signed a first-look deal with Lionsgate and Thunderbird Films joint venture Sea To Sky Entertainment. Costner’s Treehouse Films will work to develop and produce new scripted television series. The Hollywood star will work in conjunction with Treehouse creative executive Jasa McCall and may direct and/or act in the […]

AT&T is ‘latest Hulu suitor’

US telco AT&T is reportedly in discussions about making a joint bid for Hulu, marking the latest big-name firm said to be competing for the VOD site. According to All Things D, AT&T is talking with the Chernin Group about making a joint offer. The investment firm – run by run by former News Corp […]

DirecTV reportedly among US$1bn-plus bidders for Hulu

US pay TV provider DirecTV is one of three bidders offering upwards of US$1 billion to acquire US video-on-demand site Hulu, according to US reports. Bloomberg and Reuters both reported the news, citing unnamed sources, claiming that the three US$1 billion-plus offers made it likely that Hulu owners News Corp, Disney and Comcast will reach […]

Hulu international chief ‘departs ahead of sale’

Hulu’s senior VP of international, Johannes Larcher, has reportedly stepped down from the firm ahead of a rumoured company sale. According to Bloomberg, Larcher resigned earlier this month. The news comes as Hulu is said to considering a string of takeover bids from firms including Yahoo!, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV. Larcher joined Hulu in […]