Netflix boards Syfy original from Game of Thrones creator

Game of Thrones writer and producer George R.R. Martin has landed a series on Netflix. The streaming service has acquired non-US rights to the upcoming Nightflyers, to which NBCUniversal-owned Syfy has given the greenlight. The series is based on Martin’s novella and 1987 feature film of the same name, with Jeff Buhler (Jacob’s Ladder) writing […]

TBI Weekly: Disney challenges loom

Disney has had a tough week. On one end news emerged that the company is looking to cut costs, which may lead to significant job losses, and on the other a New Zealand broadcaster has claimed its deal with the group is behind a drop in its profits. The Walt Disney Company is looking to […]

Sony beefs ups drama team with ex-Syfy exec

Sony Pictures Television (SPT)’s new leaders have hired former Syfy development exec Andrew Plotkin for its studio drama team. Plotnik has been handed a senior VP of drama development post at the Culver City studio’s TV wing, Sony Pictures Television Studios (STVS). He will replace Lauren Stein, who was upped to executive VP and head […]

IDW launches on-demand content studio for geeks

San Diego-based IDW Entertainment (IDWE) has launched a on-demand- and digital-focused production and distribution studio targeting “geek culture”. IDW Digital Studio will produce original, on-demand content for ‘geek’ audiences across digital media. It will target fan bases with “a fresh, fan accessible and highly creative emphasis to creating, managing and delivering original content and fan […]

Syfy UK heads to Midnight, Texas

Pay TV channel Syfy UK has bought network drama Midnight, Texas from Comcast cousin NBCUniversal International Distribution. The supernatural-themed thriller is set in a remote Texan town where being strange is normal and only outsiders fit in. François Arnaud (Blindspot stars). It will debut in the UK in July. NBCU International Networks VP of programming […]

Netflix & Syfy enter Ghost Wars

Netflix has taken exclusive worldwide rights to a new hour-long psychological drama that’s set for Syfy in the US. Cameras are rolling on the 13x60mins Ghost Wars, which comes from Fargo and Hell on Wheels studio Nomadic Pictures, and stars Vicent D’Onofrio (Daredevil, pictured) and Meatloaf (Fight Club) among others. The show will debut on […]

NBCU takes a Chance on Hugh Laurie Hulu drama

NBCUniversal has acquired Hugh Laurie drama Chance for a raft of its international nets. NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) has bought the series for its nets in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Poland. Poland will be the first to launch the series next month. The series has The Night Manager and House star Hugh Laurie […]

ATF: done deals as Asian market expands

As the dust settles on another Asia Television Forum, TBI runs down some of the major deals that were done in Singapore last week. Virtual reality programming was headline news at the Asia Television Forum last week. One deal saw Singapore-based VR specialist BeVRR announced Dining Stars. The eight-episode lifestyle show is the first show […]

Altice wins Discovery, NBCU nets from Canal+

In a significant ramping up of its strategy to compete head on with French pay TV leader Canal+, cable and telecom group Altice has struck exclusive deals with NBCUniversal and Discovery and unveiled plans to launch a new premium channel dedicated to series and movies. Altice’s French operator SFR is launching a new premium TV […]

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 […]

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