5 items from 2015
Global production and distribution company FremantleMedia is best known for unscripted shows like “The X Factor” and the “Got Talent” franchise, but it’s increasingly turning the spotlight on dramas, like zombie thriller “The Returned,” which debuts in the U.S. on A&E in March.
The show is one of the first results of a shift in strategy at FremantleMedia, where Sarah Doole, who has been director of global drama since February 2014, was hired by CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz with the goal of raising its scripted-programming revenue share to 50% from 30% in five years.
Two key challenges that Doole, the former head of drama at BBC Worldwide, faces: Drama takes longer to get to market than reality, and competition for top writing talent is fierce.
“If you look at the U.K. market for drama, for example, there are probably five or six top British writers, and they are booked for »
- Leo Barraclough
It’s not all grumble and moan round here when TV networks decline to pick up pilots. Sometimes, we’re even grateful.
Hindsight teaches that every so often, passing on a particular show is the best thing a channel could have done. Not ordering one pilot to series spurs its creators on to start another, and frees up its cast to join new projects.
Had the failures below all thrived, there’s a chance we could now be living in a world with no Breaking Bad, Hannibal, or even South Park. Had these pilots gone on to enjoy healthy, lengthy lives, then Jack Bauer, Oberyn Martell, Chandler Bing and more might all be unrecognisable today.
Here then, are the TV pilots we’re grateful weren’t taken to series because their »
Neil Gaiman, writer of The Doctor’s Wife and Nightmare in Silver, has won an Outstanding Contribution Award for his audio work. The American Gods novelist was presented his award at the BBC Audio Drama Awards in London, winning for his work adapting his books Neverwhere and Good Omens, the latter alongside Terry Pratchett. Rather perfectly, it was given to Gaiman by...
- Philip Bates
It’s come to my attention as of late that I tend to write mostly negative reviews. Despite the general consensus, I don’t find much in writing bad things about comics. I’d prefer to read good books over bad ones any day. It’s just that I read more things from DC Comics than other publishing companies and that’s come back to bit me. Usually there’s at least one book in the New 52 that I think keeps the entire line not deserving of complete condemnation, but now that Earth 2 has been turned into drek, that’s changed. Pretty much nothing from DC interests me anymore, save for Jeff Parker’s run on Aquaman for being one of the few books that has a sense of fun to it. But right now, I want to take a break from bad mouthing comics. I honestly want to like titles. »
- Grant Raycroft
The sometime Doctor Who scriptwriter will feature a story written to commemorate the Doctor's 50th anniversary in his new book Trigger Warning, reports Men Who Stare at Books.
The Doctor Who story is presumably Gaiman's ebook Nothing O'Clock.
The writer worked on the scripts to Doctor Who episodes 'The Doctor's Wife' and 'Nightmare in Silver'.
Trigger Warning will be released on February 3, with an ebook preview Little Triggers coming on January 13. »
5 items from 2015
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