Dawn Olmstead


USA originals chief to exit, scores UCP deal

USA Networks executive VP, original programming Jackie de Crinis is stepping down to take an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions. The long-serving executive is credited with developing series such as Monk, Burn Notice, Covert Affairs and Mr. Robot (pictured), but will leave the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment-owned USA to become an independent producer. Her exit […]

Walking Dead exec adapts Swedish drama

Gale Anne Hurd from The Walking Dead and Universal Cable Productions are developing Swedish drama Brothers in Crime for the US market. Walking Dead executive producer Hurd’s prodco Valhalla Entertainment has a pod deal with NBCUniversal-owned UCP, and the pair will coproduce the show alongside Peter Stormare and Glenn Lund from Viking Brothers Entertainment. Nick […]

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’ […]

Lifetime gambles on The Lottery

US cable net Lifetime has commissioned a conspiracy thriller titled The Lottery – the A+E Networks-owned channel’s second scripted greenlight in days. Last week, female-skewed Lifetime ordered 10 episodes of Un-Real, a drama set behind-the-scenes at a popular reality TV show. The Lottery will also be 10 episodes and is set in a dystopian future […]