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Argonon launches prodcos with NBCU & All3 execs

UK-based Argonon Group has established a pair of joint venture production entities, with execs from NBCUniversal and All3Media behind them. Barefaced TV will focus on factual entertainment formats for the UK and international markets, while Bandicoot is billed as a multi-genre production house. Lucy Golding and Rosie Bray (pictured right, l-r), who were joint heads […]

Argonon launches prodcos with NBCU & All3 execs

UK-based Argonon Group has established a pair of joint venture production entities, with execs from NBCUniversal and All3Media behind them. Barefaced TV will focus on factual entertainment formats for the UK and international markets, while Bandicoot is billed as a multi-genre production house. Lucy Golding and Rosie Bray (pictured right, l-r), who were joint heads […]

Channel 4 hires Murdoch for new-look ents team

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has unveiled its new look entertainment team, with producer Karen Murdoch drafted in and Tom Beck promoted. Head of entertainment and TV events Ed Harvard as added Murdoch as a third commissioning string. She will be commissioning editor, entertainment alongside Syeda Irtizaali, who also has a commissioning editor role, and Antonia […]

NBCU closing Tellycopter in unscripted rejig

NBCUniversal is set to close its central development unit Tellycopter as part of a wider rethink of its international unscripted strategy, TBI understands. The news follows the exit of David Mortimer. Tellycopter is NBCUniversal’s centralised creative and development unit, based in London and working across its wider network of entertainment prodcos, which include Chocolate Media, […]

NBCUniversal hires for factual development team

NBCUniversal International Television Production has finalised the shape of the factual development unit that former Fever Media co-founder David Mortimer leads. Jack Burgess, another ex-Fever exec whom TBI revealed had joined NBCU last year, will lead factual entertainment development alongside Ben Riley, who is a former BBC Format Entertainment, MTV and Endemol exec; while heading […]

News brief: NBCU’s Chocolate Media making ITV ‘tactical quiz’

NBCUniversal-owned producer Chocolate Media has won a commission from ITV for quiz show The 21st Question. The series is billed as a ‘tactical quiz’ and will be hosted by UK presenter Gethin Jones. The format involves contestants being asked 21 questions with a ‘power player’ taking on challengers in winner stays on rounds. The 10x60mins […]

NBCUniversal buys into Canuck prodco

NBCUniversal International Television Production has acquired a stake in Canadian producer Lark Productions. The move formalises a four-year strategic production partnership NBCUI has had with Lark, which creates the Real Housewives of Vancouver format for Shaw and crime series Motive for CTV. Under terms of the deal, NBCUI becomes a minority shareholder in Lark and […]

NBCU hires Fever development boss

The former head of development at UK indie Fever Media has joined his old boss David Mortimer at NBCUniversal International’s television production division. TBI has learned that Jack Burgess has joined NBCUI Television Production. The move reunites him with Mortimer, who in April exited Fever – the company he launched in 2006 with the late Richard […]

Discovery hires intn’l director of development

Discovery’s international arm has hired Charlotte Reid as its first director of production and development across lifestyle and entertainment programming. Reid will lead lifestyle and entertainment commissioning in Scandinavia and the Netherlands, as well as serve as executive producer on key returning series for Discovery Networks International. She will report into Sarah Thornton, VP, head […]

Hollywood Studio formats

Plans are underway to make some of the most iconic US shows ever for local broadcasters with international versions of 24, Breaking Bad, ER, Glee and Gossip Girl planned in countries as far afield as Israel and China. Shows including Prison Break, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives have already had the remake treatment and […]