SVOD service Crave orders first original series

Canadian SVOD service Crave has ordered Letterkenny, an original half-hour comedy based upon the shortform digital series Letterkenny Problems. Crave is owned by Canadian telco Bell and will make Letterkenny with Bell’s specialty channel The Comedy Network. The six-part series and shorts were created by Jared Keeso, star of Bravo series 19-2. New Metric Media, […]

Bravo taps NBC News exec for digital role

US cable channel Bravo has named an exec from NBCUniversal stablemate NBC News as its digital boss. Jonathan Hills is taking up the post of VP, digital media at the NBCU Cable Entertainment Group channel. He was previously VP, operations at NBC News Digital. In the new role, UK-born Hills will lead Bravo’s audience engagement […]

Bravo Canada buys Endemol’s Kingdom

Bell Media has acquired MMA drama series Kingdom for its specialty channel Bravo. The series launched this week on DirecTV in the US and will launch next week (October 13) on Bravo. Endemol Studios produces the series and Endemol Worldwide Distribution sells it. EWD is launching the show internationally at MIPCOM next week with Frank […]

Bravo entertains Melbourne’s Housewives

US cable channel Bravo has acquired Australian reality series The Real Housewives of Melbourne. The show will air each Sunday 12pm ET/PT from August 3 following the deal with Bravo stablemate NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution, which sells NBCU-owned programming in the US and Canada. Bravo, part of the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment group, is […]

Ob docs: obsolete or of the moment?

Rumblings that the ob doc trend is stifling creativity on both sides of the Atlantic have divided the factual programming industry. Is the genre coming to the end of its cycle, or is it simply evolving, asks Jesse Whittock The commissions of History’s Pawn Stars and American Pickers in 2009 and 2010 respectively ushered in […]

BuzzFeed launches TV initiative

BuzzFeed has partnered with Bravo and IFC to launch its BuzzFeed Social Tune In Program, which it says will create a “full-circle TV, social and digital program for advertisers.” The social news site said the partnership programme will allow advertisers to cross-promote their content on BuzzFeed and their own web properties. As part of the […]

First original drama for NBCU cable channel

NBCUniversal’s female-skewed cable network Bravo has commissioned its first original drama. The greenlight of 13-part series Girlfriends: Guide to Divorce follows a trend that has seen numerous US cable channels move into original scripted shows in recent years. Girlfriends will come from NBCU-owned Universal Cable Productions and is based on Vicki Iovine’s book series Girlfriends’ […]

NBCU revenues up but Comcast ‘underweight’ internationally

NBCUniversal saw fourth quarter revenues rise 7.5% to reach US$6.5 billion but parent company Comcast says it is “underweight” internationally and will look at acquisitions opportunities. Both NBCU’s US cable networks – such as market leader USA Network and Bravo – and broadcast channel NBC posted year-on-year growth, bringing in revenues of US$2.3 billion and […]

19-2 adds up for Content

Content Television has acquired international distribution rights to the English-language remake of French-Canadian drama 19-2. 19-2 is a 10x60mins cop series about two newly-paired patrol officers working in the “highly-charged environment” on Montreal’s 19th precinct. It was coproduced for Bell Media by Montreal’s Sphère Média Plus and Echo Media, and Content Television, the TV arm […]

Spotts takes Bravo role as Cohen launches prodco

Lara Spotts will become US cable channel Bravo’s head of development with current incumbent Andy Cohen exiting to launch his own production company. Cohen, executive VP of development and talent and also a late night talk show host often referred to as the ‘face’ of Bravo, has launched prodco Most Talkative. This means VP, development, […]