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ITV Studios Ramps Up Drama Focus

LONDON: Tim Haines and Katie Newman, who previously worked together at Impossible Pictures, have joined ITV Studios to establish a new drama unit. Haines, co-creator and executive producer of Primeval, is taking on the role of creative director for drama. Newman joins as executive producer of drama. Together, they will ...

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ITV Drama to Spotlight Aristocrat Lord Lucan

LONDON: ITV has placed an order for Lucan, a two-part drama written by Jeff Pope that is scheduled to begin filming in England next month. Co-produced by ITV Studios and GroupM Entertainment, Lucan stars Rory Kinnear (Southcliffe) and Christopher Eccleston (Song for Marion). The production tells the story of Lord Lucan, ...

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Global TV Original Drama Series to Star Enrico Colantoni

TORONTO: Shaw Media has revealed that Enrico Colantoni (Galaxy Quest) has been lined up to lead the cast of Remedy, a medical drama series produced by Indian Grove Productions. Colantoni will portray Dr. Allan Conner, a father and doctor who works at Broadview Hospital. The show revolves around the life ...

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Black Sails to Screen for Buyers at MIPCOM

BEVERLY HILLS: This year in Cannes Starz Worldwide Distribution is set to host a buyers screening of Black Sails, an original pirate adventure series from executive producer Michael Bay. The screening of the first episode is slated for Monday, October 7, at 3 p.m. in Auditorium A of the Palais. Starring ...

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ABC Family Bolsters Drama Programming Lineup

BURBANK: ABC Family has commissioned a third season of Switched at Birth and has also given back-order pickups to the successful summer series The Fosters and Twisted. Switched at Birth centers on two families whose daughters were mixed up in the hospital shortly after they were born. The show stars ...

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Exclusive Interview: Starz’s Carmi Zlotnik

PREMIUM: Carmi Zlotnik, Starz’s managing director, tells TV Drama about the premium channel operator’s strategy towards international partnerships as it seeks out top-quality programming for its U.S. subscribers. TV DRAMA: What prompted Starz to sign up as a co-production partner on The White Queen? ZLOTNIK: With The White Queen the ...

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CBS Renews Under the Dome

BURBANK: Under the Dome will return with 13 new episodes in summer 2014 on CBS. Under the Dome ranks as summer’s number one series in viewers and key demographics. Stephen King, whose bestselling novel is the basis of the series, will write the premiere episode for season two. “We’re excited ...

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Starz Commits to More Black Sails

BEVERLY HILLS: Prior to its season one debut, Starz has ordered a ten-episode second season of Black Sails, an original pirate adventure series. Starring Toby Stephens as Captain Flint, Black Sails is slated to premiere its 8-episode first season in January. The show is executive produced by Michael Bay (Transformers, Armageddon, ...

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Two New Originals for AMC

NEW YORK: AMC has given series orders to the scripted dramas Halt & Catch Fire and Turn, both expected to debut in 2014. Halt & Catch Fire looks at the personal computing boom of the early 1980s, told through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and prodigy whose innovations ...

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