World Productions


Drama round-up: AMC orders Bob Odenkirk’s ‘Straight Man’; ITV tracks ‘Raoul Moat’; Shahid preps detective show

AMC orders Bob Odenkirk’s Straight Man AMC Networks has greenlit Straight Man, its Bob Odenkirk-starring drama that is being produced by Sony Pictures Television, TriStar TV and Gran Via. The project, which was announced as fast-track development earlier this month in advance of AMC Networks’ upfront event in New York City, is based on Richard Russo’s novel […]

ITV reveals ‘The Suspect’ from ‘Vigil’ prodco, starring Aidan Turner

ITV in the UK has ordered an adaptation of Michael Robotham’s novel The Suspect from Vigil producer World Productions, with Aidan Turner set to star. The five-part psychological thriller will be directed by James Strong and written by Peter Berry (Gangs Of London), with Turner (Leonardo, Poldark) leading the cast. Jake Lushington (Vigil, Born To Kill) […]

Show of the Week: Showtrial

Showtrial comes from World Productions, the UK firm behind hit drama Bodyguard, and explores the implications on justice when a murder trial grabs the public’s attention and draws unprecedented media scrutiny. By the producer’s own admission, Showtrial is a deliberately provocative title for a series that attempts to dive into the ramifications of what happens […]

China calls ‘Line Of Duty’ as sixth season goes global

Chinese streamer Pumpkin Film and Spain’s Movistar are among companies to have picked up rights to the sixth season of hit cop drama Line Of Duty. The show, which is sold by ITV Studios (ITVS), was recently acquired by BritBox in North America and is now also heading to TVNZ in New Zealand and KT Corp […]

BritBox strikes exclusive ‘Line Of Duty’ deal in US

BritBox in the US has picked up exclusive rights to the sixth season of Jed Mercurio’s hit police drama Line Of Duty, in a deal that also hands it rights to all future episodes of the show. US streaming service Acorn TV had snapped up streaming rights to the first five seasons of Line Of Duty from Hulu in […]

ITV Studios launches production trainee scheme to bolster diversity

ITV Studios (ITVS) has launched a production trainee scheme aimed at fast-tracking new and diverse talent into a variety of roles. The scheme will offer 12-month contracts to successful candidates, who will receive mentoring and training, as well as placements at one of 10 ITVS-owned prodcos across both scripted and unscripted. Roles are available at […]

News round-up: ‘Vigil’ and ‘Pembrokeshire Murders’ global pre-sales; Netflix orders Good Times animated reboot; Sony brings ‘Candice Renoir’ to LatAm

‘Vigil’ and ‘Pembrokeshire Murders’ in raft of global pre-sales Broadcasters around the world have acquired both UK thriller Vigil and true-crime drama The Pembrokeshire Murders, following a raft of pre-sales by ITV Studios. Both series are produced by London-based World Productions, which is behind international hits Line Of Duty and Bodyguard. The 6 x 60-minute […]

Show of the Week: The Pembrokeshire Murders

Delving into two real-life unsolved double-murders from the 1980s, The Pembrokeshire Murders follows the cold-case hunt for the most notorious serial killer in Welsh history. Set in 2006, nearly two decades after the murders took place, the drama follows newly promoted detective Steve Wilkins as he decides to reopen the cases, employing modern forensic techniques […]

UKTV’s Alibi orders Spanish drama from ‘Bodyguard’ firm World Productions

UKTV’s crime drama channel Alibi has ordered a six-part Spanish series written by The Tunnel’s Ben Richards and to be produced by Bodyguard firm World Productions. The Diplomat (6 x 60-minutes) is set around the British Consul in Barcelona and follows two colleagues who mix the roles of lawyer, counsellor and cop as they deal […]

ITV Studios takes distribution rights to BBC crime thriller ‘Line Of Duty’

ITV Studios (ITVS) has picked up distribution rights to the sixth season of UK drama Line Of Duty, the Jed Mercurio thriller previously sold by the now defunct Kew Media Distribution (KMD). Line Of Duty is produced by ITVS-owned World Productions and follows the exploits of AC-12, a police division exploring corruption within the force. […]

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