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NBCU’s new streamer Peacock pulls back Netflix shows, unveils originals

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has ordered a raft of new shows and snatched back rights to Amy Poehler comedy Parks And Recreation from Netflix for its new streaming service, which it has named and said will launch in April. Peacock will offer 15,000 hours of programming, with Parks And Recreation set to become available from October 2020 […]

All4 picks up NBC sitcom 30 Rock

Channel 4 has picked up hit NBC comedy 30 Rock for its streaming service All 4. The first two series will be available from this week with the remaining five arriving at a later date. Written and starring Tina Fey, 30 Rock follows Liz Lemon, a head writer for live sketch-comedy show, as she tries to […]

Glover seals production deal with FX

Multihyphenate Donald Glover has signed an exclusive overall television production deal with FX Productions in LA. He will develop TV series for FX Networks and other streaming services while writing, directing, starring and executive producing comedy Atlanta. The comedy is based on a young new artist in Atlanta, Alfred Miles (Brian Tyree Henry), and his […]

Vimeo moves into original programming

Streaming platform Vimeo is funding original content for the first time. It will finance six episodes of web drama series High Maintenance, which will be released on-demand on Vimeo later this year. The series was created by casting director Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock), actor Ben Sinclair (30 Rock) and Regarding Entertainment’s Russell Gregory. It follows […]

Suits fits on Amazon

Amazon’s UK on-demand service Prime Instant Video has acquired a trio of scripted shows from NBCUniversal International. Prime has picked up legal comedy-drama Suits (pictured), supernatural series Grimm and comedy Parks and Recreation, and renewed Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, 30 Rock and The American Office. Amazon said the deal comprises “hundreds” of episodes. Amazon recently rebranded […]

Tracy Morgan set for FX pilot

30 Rock star Tracy Morgan will star in a new FX Networks half-hour comedy pilot. Death Pact will follow Morgan (pictured above, left) as a formerly lazy, pot-dealing assistant high school coach that returns to his hometown a decorated war veteran with a radical self-help philosophy, which he uses on his former friends and students. […]

Hannibal Buress signs up to Comedy Central

US stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress has inked a wide-ranging development deal at Viacom-owned cable network Comedy Central. The agreement will see Buress take a recurring role in upcoming Comedy Central series Broad City, make a one-hour stand-up special for the channel and develop and executive produce an original pilot. All of the projects will be […]

2013 LA Screenings Buyer Profile: Douglas Davis, Blinkbox

Douglas Davis is in LA this week attending the Screenings for the first time. Davis oversees buying activity across UK electronic sell through service Blinkbox as well as for the recently launched free to view Clubcard TV service from Tesco, the UK retail giant that owns Blinkbox. As the number of digital buyers heading to […]

LA Screenings: Broadcast Strikes Back

With US cable series such as Hatfields & McCoys gaining traction with key demographics in the past year, broadcast networks have reacted with new comedies, reboots and spin offs and a shift toward short-run series for the new season. Jesse Whittock looks at how this will affect buyers at the LA Screenings. Laughter, it’s often […]