Original Programming


Sharon Horgan’s Merman hires Fremantle production head

Merman, the production company founded by Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford, has appointed FremantleMedia UK’s Rebecca Parkinson (pictured) as its head of production. Parkinson joins Merman from Fremantle’s scripted comedy label Retort and will oversee the production of all Merman projects in the newly created role. She will work closely with Mountford. The appointment […]

Netflix picks up talk show from Community’s Joel McHale

Joel McHale, the former star of NBC/Yahoo comedy Community, is set to host a new topical series The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale, for Netflix. The unscripted title will launch globally on 18 February. McHale announced the project via Twitter with a short snapshot of what’s to come. Netflix has ordered 13 episodes to […]

Keshet & Woodcut Media renew first-look deal

Following on from the success of a deal struck back in January 2016, global distributor Keshet International (KI) and producer Woodcut Media have renewed their first-look distribution and development deal for another year. The deal gives KI exclusive access to Woodcut’s new unscripted factual crime slate for worldwide distribution. Sebastian Burkhardt, senior vice president of […]

Sony launches UK non-scripted label Human

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has launched Human, a new non-scripted label in the UK that will be led by well-known producer/director Alan Brown. Human will look to create high end international content based around SPT’s existing intellectual property and that of the wider Sony family. It will also develop its own proprietary factual entertainment formats. […]

TBI Weekly: Facebook’s traditional values gnaw at NATPE crowd

This week, Facebook made a good fist of appearing far more like a broadcaster than it would hope. The social media giant’s head of global creative strategy (head of video to you and me), Ricky van Veen, rankled some delegates in the audience of his keynote presentation at NATPE and drew praise from others. While […]

Ampere: France says ‘Non’ to Netflix

Netflix is yet to win “the hearts and minds” of people in France, with the French the least likely to take subscription video-on-demand services in a survey spanning 14 countries, according to Ampere Analysis. The research said that France “solidly bucks the trend” when it comes to embracing services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video […]

Amazon cancels comedies One Mississippi, I Love Dick

Amazon is continuing its purge of comedies, now ridding of One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Last month Amazon Prime Video turned down all of its latest pilot season comedies including Sea Oak, The Climb and Love You More. Now, Tig Nataro’s One Mississippi will not continue on the service after two […]

FilmRise moves to production, hires Waco’s Wolynetz

FilmRise has hired Waco (pictured), and Breaking Bad producer Vlad Wolynetz to head their newly launched television production division. FilmRise previously distributed films and classic TV shows such as Roseanne, 3rd Rock From the Sun and A Different World. Wolynetz, who previously served as vice president of production, series and movies at AMC, will work alongside CEO Danny […]

The State creator Peter Kosminsky preps cyber drama for C4

The State (pictured), Wolf Hall and Britz creator Peter Kosminsky has teamed with Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment to develop a new cyber warfare drama for Channel 4 (C4). The working title for the show is currently The Undeclared War. It reunites Kosminsky and Playground after their work together on Golden Globe-winning series Wolf Hall. Kosminsky is […]

Vice & Nat Geo partner for LatAm series

National Geographic Partners and Vice Media have teamed up for, Explorer, a multi-platform series that seeks to investigate some the contemporary issues that affect the lives of people across major Latin American cities. With the contribution of National Geographic explorers, Vice has been commissioned to produce the 14-part series, with different hosts traveling the continent […]

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