Disney secures $66bn 21st Century Fox entertainment takeover

The Walt Disney Company has secured a US$66 billion deal that hands it most of 21st Century Fox’s TV and film assets, marking a seismic moment in recent entertainment history. The deal effectively brings to an end Rupert Murdoch’s long career in entertainment media empire building, though he retains control of News Corp, which is […]

Iger could remain Disney CEO after Fox deal closes

Disney chief Bob Iger might not be done just yet. Reports claim Iger might re-up in his role as CEO of The Walt Disney Company after closure of an agreement for various 21st Century Fox assets. The development came shortly after news that Fox chief James Murdoch could become CEO of the merged entity, with […]

Netflix, FX & HBO drop shows with Louis C.K.

Following sexual misconduct claims made about Louis C.K., a range of companies working with the comedian including Netflix, FX and HBO have dropped future projects with him. Louis C.K. was accused of misconduct last week by the comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, as well as comedians Ms. Corry and Abby Schachner, according […]

FX & Comcast launch premium ad-free service

FX Networks and Comcast will launch FX+, a new service that will allow Comcast’s Xfinity TV subscribers to upgrade to a platform featuring ad-free current seasons of every FX and FXX original series. FX+ will launch on September 5 and Xfinity TV customers can add the new service to their video package for $5.99 per […]

In the spotlight: The Shield creator & Timeless writer Shawn Ryan

Shawn Ryan was destined to revolutionise US crime drama when he dreamed up The Shield and its anti-hero, corrupt detective Vic Mackey. He had, in fact, cut his teeth on a much more conventional star vehicle, NBC drama Nash Bridges, where he worked under Lost’s Carlton Cuse, following an early career working various writing jobs. […]

Deal Round-up: Taboo attracts global networks

A number of broadcasters have acquired rights to Tom Hardy drama Taboo from US-based independent prodco Sonar Entertainment. Viasat’s TV1000 from the Russian/CIS territory bought rights to the eight part historical drama. It was also picked up by HBO in Spain, the Nordics and eastern Europe, Fox Networks Group Latin America, AMC in Portugal, Digiturk in […]

Netflix crowned at the Golden Globes

FX and Netflix were the big winners in the TV section of last night’s Golden Globes, scooping four and two gongs respectively, while UK-US thriller The Night Manager also had a successful night, winning three awards. Netflix’s mega-budget original The Crown won the best television drama award and Claire Foy, who plays the British monarch […]

Viewpoint: The anthology strikes back

Dan Whitehead, head of drama and digital at UK consultancy K7 Media, on how anthology dramas have emerged from their slumber Like any creative industry, TV drama is not immune from the lure of a good bandwagon, but few have caught on as quickly as the current mania for anthology series, as a look at […]

ABC ends relationship with Mistresses

US broadcaster ABC has cancelled female-skewed drama Mistresses after four seasons. The soapy summer season scripted series will not return for a fifth run following a lower fourth season ratings. It has sold internationally to likes of TLC in the UK, where it was a launch title in 2013. Mistresses is a coproduction of Good […]

FX chief slams ‘assembly line’ Netflix

FX Networks president John Landgraf has criticised the algorithm-based commissioning system of SVOD service Netflix, claiming programmes are “not best made by engineers or coders”. In a revealing TCA tour session, Langraf (pictured) warned against tech companies such as Netflix treating programming as a commodity, and said his previous prediction that TV drama originals would […]

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