Telemundo making first Spanish-language Top Chef

NBCUniversal-owned US Hispanic network Telemundo is making a Spanish-language version of cooking format Top Chef. The NBCU-distributed format is on NBCU cable net Bravo in the US. Telemundo will make a celebrity version Top Chef: Estrellas (Top Chef Stars). The show will be made by Magical Elves, which also makes the English-language Top Chef. When […]

NBCU in South Africa Real Housewives format row

NBCUniversal’s formats team has told TBI it is in no way connected with a South African woman who has claimed in a press report to be producing a local version of the Real Housewives… franchise. South Africa’s City Press yesterday published a story claiming a woman named Barbie Brazil (birth name Tembi Ennie Tshabalala) had […]

Viacom ups Kerry Taylor to international MTV programming boss

Viacom International Media Networks has promoted Kerry Taylor to senior VP, Youth & Music. The role involves overseeing all branding activity and taking responsibility for all non-music-related content on the international MTV channels. Taylor will report to VIMN CEO Bob Bakish in the new role as well as continuing in her current position as senior […]

MIPCOM 2013 keynote speakers announced

The keynote speakers in the ‘Media Mastermind’ strand for this year’s MIPCOM have been announced. Event organisers Reed Midem have signed up Frances Berwick, president of US cable net Bravo; Cécile Frot-Coutaz (pictured), CEO, FremantleMedia; Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO, Relativity Media; and Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios for this year’s conference. Reed Midem said the […]

Electus invests in former SPT exec’s prodco

US-based Electus has made a strategic investment into Hud:sun Media, a production and entertainment company fronted by former Sony Pictures Television producer Michael Rourke. The deal gives sees Electus makes unspecified investment in Hud:sun, which MDC Partners co-founded with Rourke (left) in 2010. Financial terms were not disclosed. Following the investment, Ben Silverman’s Electus will […]

Robert Weiss on the future for Ovation

Robert Weiss was appointed chief creative officer of Ovation TV late last year and the former Eqal, FX, VH1 and Fuse executive has swiftly restructured the arts and culture network. Kris Slava, Marc Johnson and almost 30 staffers have left in total and several new faces have been brought in during Weiss’ short tenure. TBI […]

Comcast cable channels grow as NBC toils

NBCUniversal’s cable channels business grew revenues by 4.6% in the first quarter of this year, but revenues at US broadcast network NBC tumbled nearly 20%. The cable unit – which houses channels including USA Network, Bravo and Syfy – saw revenues for the three months to March 31, 2013, reach US$2.25 billion compared with US$2.12 […]

Bravo adds execs, orders Housewives spin-off series

NBCUniversal-owned US cable channel Bravo has hired a pair of executives to run its current programming slate and ordered a docu-series featuring stars from The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Soon after announcing 17 new series as part of its recent programming slate, the female-skewed channel has hired Evolution Media exec Kathleen French and showrunner Todd […]

Sky Living buys supermodel competition series The Face

BSkyB channel Sky Living has ordered a local version of supermodel talent show The Face. The series started on Oxygen in the US where it is fronted by Naomi Campbell and the supermodel will also star in and exec produce the UK version. The 8x60mins UK version will be produced as a copro between Shine […]

The Walking Dead trumps The Bible; both beat the networks

The Walking Dead and The Bible were the most-watched shows on US TV on Sunday with the cable ratings juggernauts beating all of the broadcast networks in their timeslots. Both the zombie series and the biblical story recorded stellar numbers, as did Vikings, which was the third most-watched show on cable. The Walking Dead won […]