Chris Philip

Starz, Televisa rebooting telenovela classic

US premium cable net Starz and the US arm of Mexican media giant Televisa have joined forces to produce an English-language version of Maleficio. The Televisa novella, acclaimed as one of the most successful of all time, went out in Mexico in the 1980s, running to 320 episodes over a two-year run. The thriller follows […]

Televisa makes Dougray Scott thriller in English

Televisa is utilising a Mexico-Canada production treaty to produce Duality, a new English-language drama series starring Dougray Scott, TBI has learned. The series is based on an original idea from Barry Schkolnick (The Good Wife and Law & Order) and Vancouver-based Oddysey Media will be the Canadian production partner. Mexican media giant Televisa is making […]

Televisa USA adapting Spanish drama Gran Hotel

The US arm of Mexican media giant Televisa is adapting hit Spanish drama Gran Hotel, with Stephen Kronish (24) attached as showrunner. Televisa USA is seeking to harness the production might and connections of its parent group in Latin America as part of a new initiative from Chris Philip, head of production and distribution. Its […]

Magine exec among two Televisa USA hires

Televisa USA has hired an executive from online pay TV firm Magine to runs its sales and another to oversee scripted development. From UK-based Magine comes from Jonathan South, who will become director of sales, worldwide, while Cutler’s David Sigurani becomes director of scripted development. Televisa USA is a subsidiary of Mexican television giant Televisa […]

Televisa USA hires Chris Philip

Televisa has hired international TV veteran Chris Philip to run English-language production and distribution at its US division. Philip joins from  Sierra/Engine Television, the producer/distributor that he cofounded. He will remain CEO of Engine Entertainment, which he founded before partnering with Sierra. The deal to bring Philip to Televisa sees the Mexican media giant take first-look […]

Reality round the clock

NBC’s large scale live event gameshow Million Second Quiz has ended after nearly 12 days of continuous competition and handing out the biggest prize in network history. But what does the show say about the future of the future of primetime reality shows? Jesse Whittock reports. Stephen Lambert’s London-based development team first conceived NBC’s Million […]

NBC acquires Sierra/Engine drama Siberia

NBC has acquired one hour drama series Siberia. The series comes from Sierra/Engine and Oscar-nominated movie producer Michael Ohoven’s Infinity as revealed by TBI in March. The series follows a group of contestants who think they are taking part in a Survivor-esque reality show in the Siberian wilderness, but soon realise something more sinister is […]

Sierra/Engine making series for Electus’ NuevOn

Producer and distributor Sierra/Engine is making an animated show with Latino star Don Cheto for NuevOn, the US Hispanic-focused YouTube channel run by Ben Silverman’s Electus. Don Cheto will be produced by Sierra/Engine with Pixo Entertainment. It will feature an animated version of the eponymous presenter. This project is the second series Sierra/Engine CEO Chris […]

Sierra/Engine teams with Capote producer for Siberia

Sierra/Engine is teaming with Oscar-nominated movie producer Michael Ohoven for Siberia, a thirteen-part drama series, TBI can reveal. Producer and distributor Sierra/Engine will make the series with Capote producer Ohoven and his film and TV production business Infinity. The series follows a group of contestants who think they are taking part in a Survivor-esque reality […]

Sierra/Engine takes Ghostbreakers rights

Producer and distributor Sierra/Engine has taken international rights to paranormal reality series Ghostbreakers. The show stars Joey Greco (Cheaters) as he leads a team of specialists taking calls from people in conflict with supernatural forces. Created by Gabriel Horn and Benjamin Wilbanks, the series is produced by New Palace Films and Slow Children at Play. […]