China’s internet giant Tencent has picked up rights to Amazon Studios-produced The Collection, created by Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives showrunner Oliver Goldstick. The eight-episode drama, which is being represented by BBC Worldwide, is set in the world of French haute couture after WWII and stars Tom Riley, Mamie Gummer, Richard Coyle and Alix Poisson. The Collection will air exclusively on Tencent’s qq platform, which is available to more than 830 million active accounts. Tencent also has the distribution rights for the series in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.
HBO Asia is in production on its first original comedy drama series Sent. The 8×30 series is directed and co-produced by Singaporean comedian Alaric Tay and is filming in Singapore. It is scheduled to air exclusively on HBO Asia’s on-air, online and on-demand platforms in 2017. Story follows the life of an unremarkable and meek financial compliance officer who habitually writes searing, honest draft emails to anyone who aggravates him. But when he inadvertently sends out the drafts, his world turns upside down. Sent is developed and produced by HBO Asia and features an ensemble cast of Singaporean and Thai actors including Haresh Tilani, Alan Wong, Adrian Pang and Carla Dunareanu.
Elad Kuperman, CEO of Endemol Shine Israel, is stepping down from his role after 11 years at the company. He’ll be handing over to his COO Amir Ganor, who has worked alongside him since the company was founded in 2005. Ganor will lead the business as Managing Director. Kuperman, who founded Kuperman Productions, which went on to becoming Endemol Shine Israel, will be leaving at the end of the year. He said in a statement: “After 11 years building what has become Israel’s leading independent producer and the success of our great partnership with Endemol Shine, I’ve decided after much thought that the time has come to seek a whole new challenge.”
Swedish-French thriller Midnight Sun, which stars Leila Bekhti and Gustaf Hammarsten, has been sold to Russia’s free-to-air broadcaster Channel One. The eight-part high-concept drama will air on the channel, which has more than 250 million worldwide viewers, in January 2017. Studiocanal, which sold the title, has already sold the series to Sky in the UK, ZDF in Germany, SBS in Australia, among others. Midnight Sun is set in a small mining community in remote northern Sweden where a series of brutal murders conceal a secret conspiracy. It’s been a hit both in France and Sweden.