UK’s ITV names Nana Hughes to head scripted comedy & comedy-drama

ITV is bringing its comedy and drama teams closer together by appointing former Talkback exec Nana Hughes to oversee scripted comedy and comedy-drama for the UK commercial broadcaster. Hughes becomes head of scripted comedy and reports into head of drama Polly Hill, with a remit that will see her developing scripted comedy and dramedy programming […]

MTV Studios extends animation boom by replicating ‘Clone High’

ViacomCBS-owned MTV Studios is to “reimagine” the early-2000s adult animated comedy series Clone High. Original creators Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Bill Lawrence will reunite to develop and produce new episodes, alongside Erica Rivinoja, who will serve as showrunner and co-write the pilot with Lord and Miller. The original series was produced for MTV between […]

Endemol Shine Group’s CEO Sophie Turner Laing to exit as Banijay completes $2.2bn deal

Banijay has formally completed its $2.2bn acquisition of Endemol Shine Group, marking the end of a two-year process and the beginning of a period that will see the two companies combining their operations. The enlarged group will be led by Banijay’s CEO Marco Bassetti, with ESG’s chief Sophie Turner Laing stepping down from her role […]

Amazon orders ‘Fallout’ adaptation from ‘Westworld’ team

Amazon Studios has partnered with US video game publisher Bethesda Game Studios to bring the long-running Fallout franchise to television. Amazon has already committed to a series order for the show, which will be led by Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy through their Kilter Films production house, for Amazon Prime Video. Todd Howard, […]

BBC Studios exec Tobi de Graaff links with financier Anton for new JV

BBC Studios (BBCS) director of commissioning & co-production Tobi de Graaff has linked up with Sebastien Raybaud’s production and financing company Anton to launch a new joint venture. London-based Beiboot will develop, package and finance high-end TV with a focus on European produced content. The company is fully backed by Anton and will look to […]

MIPCOM preps for Cannes return as Reed Midem unveils Covid-19 strategy

MIPCOM organiser Reed Midem has revealed how the 2020 edition of its sprawling content market will look in October and provided details of a raft of Covid-19 prevention measures being introduced. Reed Midem’s TV director Laurine Garaude admitted to industry podcast Tellycast that delegates would find a “different” MIPCOM in Cannes this year, with organisers […]

Global drama streamer Walter Presents rolls into Russia

UK-based streamer Walter Presents has signed a two-year deal with Russian SVOD service Start, with programming to be made available this month. Water Presents, which specialises in non-English language content, will launch on Start in Russia and Russian-speaking territories, with a 100-hour curated collection, encompassing 11 first-run series. This is set to grow to 400 […]

‘Beavis And Butt-Head’ revived by Comedy Central

ViacomCBS-owned network Comedy Central is to revive satirical animation Beavis And Butt-Head, with original show creator Mike Judge returning to helm two new seasons, with plans for spin-offs and specials. Judge will write, produce and voice both characters, who enjoyed pop culture status in the 1990s on fellow ViacomCBS sibling MTV. Beavis and Butt-Head are […]

NBCU plumps up Peacock with non-exclusive ViacomCBS programming

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has picked up a raft of ViacomCBS movies and TV shows for its soon-to-launch streamer Peacock. The service will launch on 15 July in the US with a free tier offering more than 7,500 hours of content, an ad-supported premium tier with 15,000 hours of content (including live sports such as the English […]

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