Sky Orders Soccer Transfer Window Docs Series ‘The Window’ From Universal Pictures Content Group & Pitch Productions
European pay-TV giant Sky has ordered a four-part doc series looking into the chaotic soccer transfer window, in which millions swap hands in last-minute deals as players join new clubs. Billed as a returnable format, The Window will come from Sky’s London-based NBCUniversal cousin Universal Pictures Content Group and Pitch Productions. It will air on Sky Documentaries and through streamer Now in November in the UK, Ireland, Italy and Germany. Sales to other international broadcasters are being negotiated. Justin Webster (FC Barcelona Confidential) is directing, with Adam Darke (All Or Nothing: Juventus) producing. Pitch’s Jon Owen and Jonathan Rogers and Universal Pictures Content Group’s Helen Parker are executive producers.
European Buyers Swoop For APC’s Belgian Political Thriller Series ‘Pandore’
Belgian political thriller drama series Pandore is set to air in several European territories following deals struck by Paris-based seller About Premium Content. The show, originally for Artemis Productions for Belgian channel RTBF, is headed to AMC Networks International Southern Europe for Spain and Portugal, RTP2 in Portugal, NPO in the Netherlands, YLE in Finland, Stod 2 in Iceland, TV5 in Canada and Viaplay in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The drama, about the conflictual relationship between a politician and an investigating judge, is the highest-rating Belgian series launch since 2016 and was part of the official selection at Series Mania in 2021. It was co-directed and co-written by Savina Dellicour, Anne Coesens and Vania Leturcq.
CJ ENM And Studio Dragon Create Japan Joint Venture With Line Digital Frontier
CJN ENM and its production subsidiary Studio Dragon are creating a Japanese joint venture with Line Digital Frontier, which is affiliated to Korean webcomic firm Naver Webtoon. The operation is provisionally named Studio Dragon Japan and will be established in the first half of this year, with 30 billion South Korean won ($23.3M) jointly invested by the three entities. The JV has loft ambitions, aiming to become “Japan’s leading production company by delivering premium content based on CJ ENM and Studio Dragon’s expertise combined with LINE Digital Frontier’s premium original IP.” CJ ENM and Naver have had a separate production partnership in place since October 2020, resulting in the creation of Sweet Home and Yumi’s Cells.
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