Veteran NBCUniversal unscripted exec steps down, shifts to consulting role

NBCUniversal’s EVP of unscripted current production, Shari Levine, is stepping down from her position. The veteran New York-based exec will continue to work with the company in a non-exclusive consulting capacity. As a result of her exit, Noah Samton will expand his remit to become the new head of East Coast for unscripted lifestyle current […]

Bravo NZ reunites ‘Real Housewives Of Auckland’ for one-off special

Bravo New Zealand has ordered Get Housewived, a one-hour special reuniting the original cast members of reality series The Real Housewives Of Auckland. Developed by NBCUniversal International Studios’ Matchbox Pictures, Get Housewived is a spin-off from the Real Housewives franchise, which is licensed by NBCUniversal Formats for international adaptation. NBCUniversal Global Distribution handles the licensing of The Real Housewives franchise […]

NBCU rejigs lifestyle networks out of US

NBCUniversal is consolidating operations for cable channel E! under Bravo and Oxygen in a major restructure of its Lifestyle Networks group. Around 45 jobs are expected to be affected by the latest round of lay-offs, which sees the departures of Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP of development and production at E!, and Jerry Leo, EVP of programme […]

Realscreen: NBC, Bravo and Facebook execs reveal pitching tips

The Realscreen Summit kicked off in its new home of New Orleans on Monday (28 January) with a session detailing the development and production processes in place for unscripted execs such as Sahara Bushue, SVP of alternative programming for NBC Entertainment; Toby Faulkner, head of unscripted for Facebook; John Feld, SVP of original programming and […]

Top US cable entertainment channel rankings unveiled

USA Network, home of The Sinner and Banijay’s forthcoming Temptation Island reboot, was the most watched ad-supported cable entertainment channel Stateside in 2018. The network marks its 13th year at the top of Nielsen’s annual rankings for cable entertainment channels in non-news and non-sports categories. It garnered an average of 1.48m across total viewers and […]

Queer As Folk gets US reboot

US cable network Bravo is set to develop a reboot of the UK original series Queer As Folk, which first aired in 1999 on Channel 4. The original title followed three gay men living in Manchester and was created by Russell T Davies, who has been recruited as an executive producer for the reboot. Queer […]

Ovation to relaunch Inside The Actors Studio

US arts network Ovation TV is the new home of Bravo’s long-running interview programme Inside The Actors Studio. The channel holds exclusive linear and digital rights in the US to new episodes of the show, which is presented as an acting seminar to students at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University’s […]

NBCU & Google partner for VR content

NBCUniversal has teamed up with Google to produce virtual reality (VR) content across networks and shows. The companies will collaborate on at least 10 multi-episode VR productions that will allow fans to get closer to the shows by placing them inside the scenes and allowing them to look around. As part of this partnership, Bravo […]

More4 engages in The Good Fight

UK digital terrestrial More4 has acquired CBS All Access original The Good Fight. The Channel 4-owned network ran Good Fight predecessor The Good Wife to ratings success, prompting it to move for the new show, which will play in the UK in the spring. The Good Fight is set a year after the events of […]

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