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Stephenson launches scripted label within ITV Studios

Ben Stephenson, the drama producer and TV executive, is to launch a new transatlantic scripted label within ITV Studios. Stephenson’s label will be based in London and Los Angeles and will focus on premium drama. Since 2015 Stephenson has been Head of Television at J.J. Abrams’ television and film production company Bad Robot Productions in […]

July 12, 2022

Netflix’s Sarandos meets BAFTA Breakthrough participants

BAFTA has welcomed Ted Sarandos, Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer of Netflix to its headquarters at 195 Piccadilly to meet with past and present participants of BAFTA Breakthrough: a flagship programme, supported by Netflix, that spotlights and nurtures the next generation of creative talent in film, games and television. Sarandos took part in a discussion […]

July 8, 2022

C4 supports indies to increase diverse talent

Channel 4 is partnering with TV Talent company Gritty Talent to help indies build more diverse senior teams, in the wake of the broadcaster’s new Commissioning Guidelines published last month. The new requirements are part of the legacy of Channel 4’s The Black to Front Project to help transform on and off screen opportunities for […]

July 8, 2022

A+E Networks UK, Sky order The Royal Mob

A+E Networks UK has collaborated with Sky and award-winning production company Nutopia to make a 4×60’ drama-documentary entitled The Royal Mob. The UK commission for Sky HISTORY tells the saga of the extended royal family – dubbed by Queen Victoria “The Royal Mob” – that once ruled the whole of Europe, and how their loves, […]

July 8, 2022

Research: More Spanish content for growing Latinx audiences

As the streaming ecosystem evolves and Latinx (Hispanic origin or descent) audiences continue to grow, the Spanish-language TV landscape is transforming dramatically, suggests Horowitz Research. According to the firm’s FOCUS Latinx: State of Pay TV, OTT & SVoD 2022 report, seven in ten Latinx TV content viewers watch Spanish-language programming – up 11 per cent […]

July 7, 2022

Duffer Brothers form Upside Down Pictures

The Duffer Brothers, the duo behind hit series Stranger Things, have announced their new production company, Upside Down Pictures, for film and television projects as part of their overall deal with Netflix. According to The Duffer Brothers (Matt and Ross), Upside Down Pictures will “aim to create the kind of stories that inspired the Duffers […]

July 7, 2022By Nik Roseveare

HBO Max shelves European originals

HBO Max is halting original productions across most of Europe. The streaming platfom confirmed that it will no longer produce originals in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Turkey, Central Europe and the Netherlands, leaving just Spain and France unscathed. The movie is part of a plan from parent Warner Bros Discovery to cut some $3 billion […]

July 5, 2022

Study: Complex video ecosystem offers opportunities

Findings from The Future Viewing Experience, an appraisal of the near-term future of the TV and video landscape from data and analytics company Kantar, suggest there are significant opportunities throughout the ecosystem, despite increasing complexity. Focusing on the delivery of video content and advertising and the evolution of viewer experiences and behaviours, the report outlines […]

June 30, 2022

Lionsgate signs first-look TV deal with Le Train Train

The Lionsgate Television Group has signed a first-look deal Le Train Train prodco headed by Rashida Jones (pictured) and Will McCormack. Under the terms of the agreement, Jones and McCormack will produce scripted television programming for a range of platforms. Already in development is Lovesick, based on the UK romcom series of the same name. This […]

June 30, 2022

Netflix acquires The Electric State

Netflix has picked up The Electric State, an adaptation of the illustrated novel by Simon Stålenhag, from independent studio AGBO – founded by Joe and Anthony Russo, the visionary directors behind several Marvel movies including Avengers: Endgame. The movie, set in a retro-futuristic past, will tell the story of an orphaned teenager (portrayed by Stranger […]

June 30, 2022By Nik Roseveare