Duck Dynasty


ITV avoids trial with ‘Duck Dynasty’ producers

A lengthy legal battle between ITV and Duck Dynasty producer Gurney Productions has reached an end. ITV has acquired the remaining stake in the business, assuming full control of Gurney, which was founded by couple and partners Deirdre and Scott Gurney. The dispute between the businesses goes back to 2016, when ITV – which first […]

Gurneys regain control of Duck Dynasty prodco

The battle for control of Duck Dynasty firm Gurney Productions has now seen a court order its founders take back control from ITV America – in a sense. Los Angeles Superior Court has ruled Scott and Deidre Gurney should be reinstated as day-to-day managers of Gurney until their dispute with ITV Studios is resolved. However, […]

Realscreen analysis: is TV ready to play happy families?

As the values of the understated Obamas make way for those of the ostentatious Trumps, we can expect to see a different kind of American family represented on screen, writes Keri Lewis Brown of K7 Media. This shift coincides with numerous popular TV families either reaching the end of the road, or hitting media saturation […]

ITV calls $100m Gurney countersuit ‘baseless’

The American arm of ITV has described a US$100 million countersuit slapped on the broadcaster by the founders of subsidiary Gurney Productions as “completely baseless and without merit”. ITV America and Gurney have been each others’ throats since December 016, with the broadcaster alleging in a suit that Scott and Deidre Gurney were guilty of […]

TBI Formats: Year in Review

The best-sellers, the trend makers, the battles, the emerging territories, the industry favourites… here is the TBI Formats Year in Review. If This Time Next Year and Lip Sync Battle were among the best sellers, there were also new distributors on the ground this year. Twenty-sixteen was the first full year for Vivendi’s new formats […]

A&E ends Duck Dynasty

Duck Dynasty is coming to a close after eleven seasons on US cable network A&E. The reality show has been a stalwart for A+E Networks’ flagship channel, breaking the ratings record for unscripted cable programming with 11.8 million tuning in for the season four premiere. However, the numbers have steadily dipped since that point in […]

A&E ends Duck Dynasty

Duck Dynasty is coming to a close after eleven seasons on US cable network A&E. The reality show has been a stalwart for A+E Networks’ flagship channel, breaking the ratings record for unscripted cable programming with 11.8 million tuning in for the season four premiere. However, the numbers have steadily dipped since that point in […]

A+E Studios president exiting

Bob DeBitetto is leaving A+E Networks after 14 years with the Disney- and Hearst Corp.-owned broadcast group. A+E CEO Nancy Dubuc revealed the news in an internal memo in which she said that while a channel chief DeBitetto had led the A&E cable network “to an impressive ten-year ratings growth streak” and added he has […]

Acquisitions lift ITV Studios

ITV Studios’ revenue grew strongly in the first half of the year, buoyed by its acquired production companies. Sales were up 31% year-on-year at UK broadcaster ITV-owned ITVS, taking the total to £651 million (US$853 million), with revenues from Netherlands-based Talpa, UK prodcos Twofour and Mammoth Screen bolstering the total. On a like-for-like basis, stripping […]

McKillop exits A&E as Sharenow takes over

David McKillop has passed control of US cable channel A&E to Lifetime general manager Rob Sharenow, and will leave A+E Networks to become a producer. McKillop (left) has been running A&E as executive VP and GM, and is credited with bringing ratings smash Duck Dynasty through and other series such as Storage Wars. However, the […]

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