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Drama Awards 2019

NEWS & FEATURES

  • Aussie drama duo heads to Channel 5, UKTV
    UK-based broadcasters Channel 5 and UKTV have picked up a pair of Australian drama series from distributor DCD Rights.
  • Disney, Discovery board Dinosaur Train
    NEWS BRIEF: Disney Channel in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and Discovery Channel in MENA have acquired the fifth season of Dinosaur Train, which will debut this summer in the US on PBS Kids.
  • South Australian Film names acting CEO
    The South Australian Film Corporation has appointed its head of production, development, attraction and studios as acting CEO.
  • Crime + Investigation heads to Germany
    A+E Networks EMEA has continued to roll out its dedicated crime channel Crime + Investigation around Europe with a launch in German-speaking markets.
  • Richards confirmed atop Talkback
    Fremantle-owned UK producer Talkback has confirmed Jonno Richards as its MD and hired an experienced executive producer for a newly created factual entertainment role.
  • Element hires C4 exec for TV push
    Irish film and television prodco Element Pictures has hired a drama commissioner from Channel 4 in the UK to lead its TV development.
  • Many happy returns
    Marc Ceccarelli and Vince Waller, co-executive producers of SpongeBob SquarePants, reflect on 20 years of the iconic property.
  • Propagate partners filmmaker Antoine Fuqua
    US production company Propagate has signed a multi-year deal with filmmaker Antoine Fuqua and his prodco to make TV series.
  • TVN renews Big Brother after comeback
    Polish commercial channel TVN has ordered another run of Big Brother from Endemol Shine Group after the success of its recent comeback series.
  • Les Batelières toon studies Islam
    French prodco Les Batelières Productions is developing an animated series that aims to educate children about the history and teachings of Islam.
  • Whizz Kid adapts 'woke' satire
    UK-based Whizz Kid Entertainment has taken TV rights to a satirical comedy character created by comedian and writer Andrew Doyle.
  • Fremantle appoints new gameshow execs
    Fremantle has appointed new showrunners and executive producers to two of its long-running gameshows, The Price is Right and Let’s Make a Deal.
  • Awesome Media sets up graphic novel studio
    Awesome Media & Entertainment, the UK-based IP and production company founded by writer and producer Jeff Norton, is launching a graphic novel studio.
  • A&E gives Live Rescue new timeslot
    US cablenet A&E is moving its factual series Live Rescue from its original Monday evening timeslot to Thursday.
  • [email protected] TV adapts LGBT mystery novel
    Agatha Raisin producer [email protected] TV is adapting an LGBT-themed novel set in the UK seaside city of Brighton alongside its author.
  • Evolution ups Baskin, grows team
    Non-fiction prodco Evolution Media, owned by US studio MGM, has promoted executive producer Alex Baskin to president and hired a Studio 71 exec to create and develop new projects.
  • Netflix explores Oceans with Honeyborne
    Netflix has announced the first blue-chip natural history series to emerge from its partnership with the production company set up by Blue Planet II producer James Honeyborne.
  • CN Studios grows Fungies! toon
    US kidscaster Cartoon Network has greenlit a new original series developed as part of its studio’s international artists initiative about a mushroom kid who lives in a prehistoric town.
  • Jobs axed in Sky Vision restructure
    The planned closure of parts of Sky Vision by NBCUniversal International following its parent company Comcast's acquisition of Sky has led to multiple job losses at the distributor and producer.
  • MTV, Combs get band back together
    US music and entertainment channel MTV is remaking hit reality format Making the Band with rapper and record producer Sean Combs, aka P Diddy.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE

  • Once more with Gusto Gusto TV is using funds from Bell Media to roll out globally, taking advantage of 100% content ownership and technological advances.
  • Netflix's drop zones Ampere Analysis's Fred Black examines why Netflix releases some originals within months of their announcement but chooses a ‘slow burn’ for others.
  • The sum of 1+1 Olga Slisarenko, entertainment chief at 1+1, reveals how the Ukrainian broadcaster is responding to a fast-changing market.
  • SVoD insurgents The arrival of D2C services from Disney, Apple and WarnerMedia will reshape the US video market this year. Tim Mulligan assesses their chances.
  • Sunny Side of the Moon Sunny Side of the Doc shone the spotlight on space exploration, the future of science content and a series about poop, while passing important milestones.
  • Future imperfect Russell T Davies reveals how he was inspired to write the BBC and HBO’s near-future dystopian drama Years & Years, which debuted in the US last week.
  • Raising The Voice Co-chairmen of NBC George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy discuss how formats like The Voice mean broadcast is still relevant in an age of hype around streamers.
  • Social butterfly NATPE: Nickelodeon's senior VP of social and digital video unpacked the network's social media strategy at Natpe in Miami this week.
  • Powering cable NATPE: Almost a year after taking control of combined Discovery and Scripps channels in the US, Kathleen Finch was at Natpe outlining her strategy.
  • YouTube retunes YouTube is reining in its exploits in the subscription space and refocusing on ad-supported video, says head of original content Susanne Daniels.