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CBS hires Condé Nast’s Jon Koa to lead comedy development

ViacomCBS-owned US flagship network CBS has appointed former Condé Nast and ABC exec Jon Koa as EVP of comedy development for CBS Entertainment. Koa will report to Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment, and Thom Sherman, senior EVP of programming, and takes over the position from Julie Pernworth, who exited the network last month to explore “new […]

CBS Entertainment alum Joe Ianniello launches $300m SPAC for media

CBS Entertainment Group’s former CEO Joe Ianniello has become the latest senior exec to launch his own special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). Argus Capital Corp is headed up by Ianniello and is planning to raise $300m that will then be invested into media, entertainment and sports companies. Numerous other media execs are also part of […]

CBS comedy head Julie Pernworth exits after two decades

CBS’s head of comedy development Julie Pernworth is stepping down after more than two decades with the US broadcaster. Pernworth joined CBS in 2000 as VP of comedy development, taking up her most recent role of EVP in 2015. She has been behind shows including Two And A Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and How […]

Scripted round-up: Netflix buys Israel’s ‘Blackspace’; Hulu reboots ‘How I Met Your Mother’; Ovation adds ‘Frankie Drake’

Netflix buys Israel’s Blackspace Netflix has picked up rights around the world to Federation Entertainment’s Israeli drama Blackspace. The 8 x 60-minute psychological thriller is set in an Israeli high school and has been written by Anat Gafni and Sahar Shavit, with Drama Team and Federation producing for local network Reshet 13. It has now been acquired […]

ViacomCBS sells more ‘Oprah With Meghan And Harry’ in Europe & Lat Am

Broadcasters across Europe and Latin America have become the latest to pick up rights to explosive interview show CBS Presents Oprah With Meghan And Harry, following its debut on CBS in the US yesterday night. The interview special, which has made headlines around the world overnight, has been acquired by ORF in Austria, TMC in France […]

Netflix revives Kelley’s ‘Lincoln Lawyer’ adaptation with series order

Netflix has handed a series order to The Lincoln Lawyer, an hour-long drama based upon the book series by Michael Connelly, from Big Little Lies creator David E Kelley and A+E Studios. Kelley will write and executive produce the series alongside Ted Humphrey, who will serve as showrunner. Ross Fineman is also attached to executive […]

CBS makes a ‘Match’ with US remake of Norwegian comedy

CBS in the US has put a remake of Red Arrow Studios International’s Norwegian scripted comedy format Match into development. The show, titled Game Time, is being developed by Me, Myself & I creator Dan Kopelman, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Michael Strahan and his SMAC Entertainment, New Media Vision, Red Arrow Studios International and CBS Studios. Written by Kopelman, Game Time is […]

CBS orders 3 Ball’s family dancing format with ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ duo

US broadcaster CBS has ordered a family dance competition series that has NCIS: Los Angeles stars LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell attached. Come Dance With Me (w/t) is from US-based duo CBS Television Studios and 3 Ball Productions, and will follow talented young dancers as they are joined by a family member or friend […]

TBI Weekly: What next for the novel adaptation boom?

With drama producers around the world being forced to put filming on hiatus, development has taken centre-stage, something apparent in the recent flurry of news emerging about novel adaptations and option deals. TBI explores what’s next for the literary boom. Novels have been adapted for the screen pretty much since the day that the first […]

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