Drama


UKTV’s Drama and Really launch on Virgin Media Ireland

UKTV’s Drama and Really channels are due to launch on Virgin Media Ireland for the first time, with the operator and channel provider expanding their partnership in the country in the wake of their public spat this summer. Drama will be available on channel number 164 of the electronic programme guide and will air shows like […]

RTL posts strong results as it focuses on VOD and drama

RTL announced strong Q2 and H1 results as it focuses on its two main growth initiatives – building mass-audience VOD services and expanding FremantleMedia’s drama output. The German broadcaster said that it continued its business development and ‘Total Video’ strategy in the first half of the year with H1 revenue up for the fourth consecutive […]

Amazon cancels comedies as it steps up drama focus

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 successful seasons. Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick has been cancelled after one season, while […]

Ampere: Netflix budget focused on drama and comedy

More than a third of Netflix’s original content spend to-date has been for drama titles, while nearly a quarter of its spend went on comedy series and stand-up shows. This is according to new estimates by research firm Ampere Analysis, which claims that drama has accounted for 36% of Netflix’s originals budget, comedy for 22% […]

Sky and HBO in US$250m high-end drama deal

Leading pay TV players Sky and HBO are joining forces to create a development slate of high-end dramas that will be worth around US$250 million (€233 million). The pair will aim to develop and co-commission “high-end productions that feature engaging stories with international points of view and casting”. A panel of execs from both companies […]

UKTV rolls out VOD update for YouView

UKTV has launched an updated version of its on-demand service, UKTV Play, on the YouView platform. The revamped video-on-demand player features a new home screen with tailored recommendations and top shows from UKTV’s Dave, Really, Yesterday and Drama channels. A collections feature offers curated content along specific themes, viewers can also collate their favourite episodes […]

Viceland announces first scripted series

Vice’s linear TV channel, Viceland, has ordered its first scripted series through the Canadian feed of the network. Nirvanna the Band the Show will comprise one of six new series from Canada that the network, which Vice operates locally with Rogers Media, has commissioned. The others are 16-part doc series Cyberwar, skateboard ten-partner Abandoned, eight-part Dead Set on Life, Indigenous […]

Drama titles top March iPlayer stats

Drama series The Night Manager topped the list of programme requests for BBC iPlayer in March, with 2.013 million requests for episode three. Night Manager episodes took five of the top 10 most requested programmes for the month, with drama Thirteen taking four of the top 10 slots. March was a strong month for both […]

‘Netflix effect’ forces shorter windows for drama

Release windows for drama programming are shortening dramatically in key territories, with a ‘pronounced change’ in the time between US shows airing domestically and hitting international channels. Research house IHS Technology has analysed the release patterns of US series in international markets. “Research clearly indicates that ‘the Netflix effect’—the policy of the streaming service to […]

UKTV: Dave and Drama now top non-PSB UK channels

Channel provider UKTV reported double-digit growth in 2015 and claimed that Dave and Drama are now the two top rating non-public service channels in the UK. In its 2015 financial report, UKTV said that the share of commercial impacts (SOCI) of its TV stations hit an all-time high of 9.31% in 2015, putting it ahead […]