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BET+ appoints Netflix alum Devin Griffin as general manager

US cabler BET has appointed a former Netflix executive to oversee its upcoming SVoD service. Devin Griffin becomes general manager for Viacom-owned BET+, which is set to launch in the autumn and is a joint venture with Tyler Perry that will offer around 1,000 hours of programming. Griffin was most recently EVP at Story Lab […]

Disney replaces ABC Studios boss Patrick Moran with Jonnie Davis

Disney has replaced the president of its ABC Studios operation and revamped the senior team at 20th Century Television as part of the latest raft of changes following its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets earlier this year. ABC Studios president Patrick Moran and the division’s exec VP of business operations Howard Davine are both […]

UK regulator Ofcom admits “transparency issues” over BBC Studios

UK media regulator Ofcom has said the commercial arm of the BBC has “transparency issues” regarding the diversity of those producing its shows and the amount its on-screen talent is paid. BBC Studios merged its production arm into its commercial division last year and now produces programming for both its public broadcaster parent as well […]

Dragonfly exec flies to Lightbox to oversee development

US- and UK-based factual producer Lightbox has appointed the director of development at Dragonfly to oversee its development strategy and manage teams at its offices in London and LA. Ben Samuel (pictured) has been named creative director of development at the Simon and Jonathan Chinn-founded prodco, which is behind Harvey Weinstein doc Black Sheep: Untouchable. […]

Quibi expands scripted offer with ‘Green Book’ director Peter Farrelly

Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s short-form streamer Quibi has continued its scripted splurge after striking a deal for a suicide-focused drama from Green Book (pictured) director Peter Farrelly. The Now is being produced by Anonymous Content and will be written by Farrelly, The Ranch’s Steve Leff and Pete Jones. It will tell the story of […]

WarnerMedia unveils streamer HBO Max’s content plans

WarnerMedia has named its soon-to-launch streaming service HBO Max and unveiled its programming slate, which will include 10,000 hours of content ranging from classic comedy Friends to new original shows. The streamer will house series including Batwoman (pictured) and Katy Keene from Warner Bros TV, which will debut on The CW and then be added […]

Netflix to adapt video game Cuphead as TV animation

Netflix has ordered an animated show featuring characters from hit platform game Cuphead after striking a deal with its creators and publisher. The Cuphead Show! is based on the 2017 game developed and published by MDHR, which features hand-drawn animations inspired by 1930s style Fleischer cartoons and follows the adventures of two characters – Cuphead […]

Studio 100 appoints Disney, YouTube alum as CEO

Former YouTube and Disney executive Martin Krieger is returning to German children’s firm Studio 100 Media after being appointed as its CEO. Krieger will also head up Studio 100 subsidiaries Studio 100 Film, m4e and the recently formed Studio Isar Animation. He will be responsible for the global commercial business of Studio 100 International, including […]

Thunderbird appoints Lindsay Macadam for real-life drama push

Highway Thru Hell and Heavy Rescue: 401 producer Thunderbird Entertainment Group has appointed scripted executive Lindsay Macadam to a new role overseeing the company’s push into real-life drama. She becomes head of scripted development at Thunderbird’s factual division, Great Pacific Media, and will focus on the development of scripted TV and feature film projects that […]