20th Television

Hulu & HBO Max share ‘exclusive’ rights to hit US comedy ‘Abbott Elementary’

Warner Bros Discovery’s HBO Max and Disney-backed streamer Hulu are to share exclusive streaming rights to ABC’s hit comedy Abbott Elementary. The unusual deal for the workplace comedy, which debuted its first season on ABC in December, has come about because the show is produced by WBD’s Warner Bros. Television and Disney’s 20th Television. Hulu […]

NBCU-owned Heyday hires 20th Television exec as US arm’s president

The US arm of Universal International Studios-owned Heyday Television has hired a 20th Television exec as its president. Albert Page takes on the US remit of Heyday’s former EVP Jillian Share, who joined Entertainment One last year. His remit includes expanding the company’s US scripted slate. Heyday has been behind The Capture for the BBC […]

Disney+ boosts originals with unscripted & kids orders

Disney+ and Disney Channels have commissioned a slew of new content across unscripted, kids & family and original movies. Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour, Disney Branded Television president Ayo Davis unveiled the new projects, which include both live action and animation productions. Davis announced two unscripted projects for Disney+, both of […]

Hulu satirises TV industry’s reboot frenzy with ‘Modern Family’ co-creator

Disney’s US streamer Hulu has ordered a comedy from the co-creator of Modern Family that focuses on the TV industry’s surging trend of rebooting old shows. Reboot is from creator Steve Levitan, with Mouse House-owned 20th Television producing. The show is “steeped in the irony of the television industry’s continuing inclination to reboot hit shows […]

20th Television’s drama development head Michelle Mendelovitz to exit

20th Television’s SVP & head of drama development Michelle Mendelovitz is leaving the company after less than two years in the role. Mendelovitz joined from Apple TV+ in March 2020, a year after Disney acquired the studio from Fox as part of a $71bn deal. Since her arrival, 20th Television has been completely restructured: the […]

News round-up: Mercurio signs 20th TV deal; BritBox NA takes ‘The Tower’; Stellify & Joe Sugg launch VR show

Mercurio signs 20th TV deal Bodyguard showrunner Jed Mercurio and producer Jimmy Mulville have signed a first-look deal with 20th Television under their Hat Trick Mercurio (HTM) label. HTM, which is co-owned by Mercurio and UK indie Hat Trick Productions, will develop projects for Disney-owned 20thTelevision as part of a multi-year agreement. Mercurio and Mulville […]

Apple TV+ poaches 20th TV’s Erin May as senior creative exec

Apple TV+ has hired 20th Television’s drama development executive Erin May as a senior creative executive. Taking up her role on Monday, May will be based at Apple TV+’s Culver City offices and report to Matt Cherniss, Apple’s head of scripted television. She boards the streamer following more than a decade at 20th Television, which […]

Disney branded TV hires Gloria Fan to head current series

Disney Branded Television has appointed former 20th Television exec Gloria Fan as head of current series. The newly created role will see Fan take responsibility for original series for both Disney+ and the Disney Channel, inheriting a slate that includes such shows as Raven’s Home, Sulphur Springs, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and […]

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