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ITV Studios snags second window sales for ‘Bodyguard’

ITV Studios (ITVS) has struck a raft of deals for its scripted series including Jed Mercurio’s crime hit Bodyguard, as Covid-19 drives up demand for second window rights. The six-part show, from ITVS-owned World Productions, was first available in 2018 via the UK’s BBC and Netflix elsewhere but has now been picked up by Seven […]

Acorn TV takes US, UK, Oz rights to Nordic drama ‘The Sommerdahl Murders’

Global streamer Acorn TV has joined France’s Mediawan and others in picking up rights to the first season of Nordic crime drama The Sommerdahl Murders. The 4 x 90-minute/8 x 45-minute drama is based on Anna Grue’s bestselling book franchise and will be available on Acorn TV across the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, […]

Drive sells more than 50 hours of factual content worldwide

Multiple networks in Europe and Australasia have picked up a range of factual content after UK distributor Drive sold more than 50 hours of programming. Seven Network in Australia and TopTV in New Zealand have both picked up The Restoration Workshop, a 10 x 60-minute series produced by Middlechild for UKTV’s Yesterday channel, following antiques dealer and expert restorer Gary Wallis as he […]

News round-up: AMC & NOS cook up Portuguese net; Keshet hosts live Seder; ZDFE sells WW2 doc

AMC and NOS launch Portuguese lifestyle channel AMC Networks International Southern Europe (AMCNISE) and Portugal’s subscription TV service NOS are launching Casa e Cozinha (Home & Kitchen), a new lifestyle channel. The Portuguese-language channel will be managed through Dreamia, a joint venture in Portugal owned by the two companies, and goes live tomorrow – 8 […]

Scripted Hot Pick: Shadowplay

Created by Måns Mårlind, whose previous shows include The Bridge and Midnight Sun, this Berlin-based drama is set in what producers describe as “the wild west of purgatory”. It follows the exploits of US cop Max McLaughlin, played by True Detective’s Taylor Kitsch, with the 16-episode series split into two eight-part seasons. Having landed in […]

TBI Scripted: Ending the ‘gun for hire’ approach

As part of our focus on delivering more incisive commentary on the global content business, TBI is launching a series of new strands of longer-form content, which will be delivered online to our readers around the world.  To kick off our TBI Scripted strand, which will run every Tuesday, we hear from UK screenwriter Dan Sefton about […]

Writer’s room: Franck Philippon

Mirage is the story of the destiny of an ordinary woman, Claire, who is thrust into the dangerous world of espionage and has to take control of her fate. Our first writing challenge was to combine the plot of a spy thriller with the emotional ingredients of a family drama. Finding the balance between these […]

Attenborough to front BBC, PBS series about secret lives of plants

Sir David Attenborough has been attached to present BBC Studios’ forthcoming five-part blue chip series that explores the unseen world of plants. Green Planet was first revealed in February and will debut on BBC One in the UK and PBS in the US in 2021. It is being produced by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit […]

Arte acquires ‘The Pleasure Principle’ from Beta Film

Franco-German network Arte has picked up crime series The Pleasure Principle from Germany’s Beta Film. The 10 x 60-minute series was produced by Apple Film Production in co-production with Canal+ Poland, Czech TV and the Ukraine’s Star Media and was directed by Dariusz Jablonski (Photographer). The show revolves around the murder of three young women […]

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