BET hires Nick, Facebook execs

Viacom’s African American cable channel BET has hired a former Nickelodeon international programming chief and a Facebook entertainment boss. Pete Danielsen has been named executive VP, programme planning, scheduling and acquisitions, while Kay Madati will be EVP and chief digital officer at BET Digital. Danielsen was previously EVP, worldwide programming for Viacom International Media Networks, […]

Analysis: OTT to the rescue…

…or how streaming services are saving TV series and allowing others to get made. Pay TV operators are living in fear of people dumping their services for streaming equivalents such as Netflix or Amazon/Lovefilm. Their concerns will not have been assuaged this year as both launched a raft of premium, original content that won plaudits, […]

News brief: BET orders first scripted series

Viacom’s BET has ordered Being Mary Jane, its first-ever scripted series. A follow-up to BET’s original TV movie of the same name, the series will launch in January in a 10pm slot on the US cable net. The 8x60mins show follows a successful cable news anchor, Mary Jane Paul (played by Gabrielle Union). The movie, […]

Scandal goes into syndication with Viacom’s BET

Hit ABC political thriller series Scandal has gone into syndication, with Viacom channel BET launching the first two seasons this summer. BET’s deal gives it access to each episode of the show no earlier than eight days after its original network broadcast. Following the launch of the first pair of seasons, the third will debut […]

CBC, BET adapting African slave novel

Canadian pubcaster CBC and Viacom’s US cable channel BET are to broadcast a miniseries adapted from Lawrence Hill’s controversial novel The Book of Negroes. Conquering Lion Pictures, Out Of Africa Entertainment and indie studio Entertainment One are adapting the book, with production beginning in South Africa in the autumn. Clement Virgo (The Wire) is attached […]

US Cable Upfront Report

TBI has teamed with independent research specialist CableU to get under the skin of this year’s new cable shows. CableU’s analysts have run the rule over 30 key US ad-supported cable networks, based on their distribution levels, influence in the marketplace and their reliance on programming from independent television producers. Using data from the CableU […]