TV4 & C More among buyers for Channel 4’s Kardashian docuseries

TV4 and C More in Scandanavia are among companies to have picked up Optomen’s two-part series, The Kardashians: A Billion Dollar Dynasty. The show, which tracks how the family have risen to become famous, will debut in the US on NBCUniversal’s E! on 1 May , with distributor All3Media International also striking deals with TV4, […]

News round-up: NBC & Peacock prep duo; E! expands scripted offer; BlackBox and EO Media team up

NBC & Peacock prep duo NBC has taken comedy Lopez vs Lopez to series, while sibling streamer Peacock has ordered a show from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’s Jason Woliner. Lopez vs Lopez is from the company’s Universal Television division, alongside Mohawk Productions, Travieso Productions, Mi Vida Loba and 3 Arts. The family comedy explores dysfunction, reconnection “and all the pain […]

NBCU rejigs lifestyle networks out of US

NBCUniversal is consolidating operations for cable channel E! under Bravo and Oxygen in a major restructure of its Lifestyle Networks group. Around 45 jobs are expected to be affected by the latest round of lay-offs, which sees the departures of Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP of development and production at E!, and Jerry Leo, EVP of programme […]

NBCUniversal veteran Adam Stotsky to step down as E! president

Veteran NBCUniversal exec Adam Stotsky is stepping down as president of US network E! after almost 20 years with the company. Stotsky has headed up E! for three years but will step down at the end of the month, with his remit being passed in the interim to Frances Berwick, who oversees NBCU Cable Entertainment’s […]

E!’s programming chief Olde exits

Jeff Olde is leaving NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s US cable channel E!. No replacement has been named for Olde, who was executive VP of programming and development. In that post, he had worked up series such as scripted shows The Arrangement and The Royals, and unscripted programmes including Hollywood Medium, WAGS, Mob Wives and Botched. Olde’s departure […]

ITV poaches US scripted exec from Endemol Shine

The US drama division of ITV Studios has hired Dwayne Shattuck as its executive VP, production. Shattuck joins the ITV team from Endemol Shine Studios, where he was senior VP. He will report to Philippe Maigret, the former Endemol Studios boss who runs ITV Studios America. The new recruit will oversee production of the division’s […]

How Do I Look? format breaks into LatAm

NBCUniversal’s international formats division has shopped its makeover show How Do I Look? to stablemate E! Entertainment in Mexico. The Mexican E! channel order for a local version – Cambiame El Look – is the first format deal for the show in LatAm. The Mexican show will run to 13 parts and enter production this […]

Ex-E! scripted boss to run Lionsgate JV

Former E! head of scripted programming Kevin Plunkett will lead the new Lionsgate and New Regency television and film production joint venture. Lionsgate and film firm New Regency revealed they were joining forces to produce and distribute TV shows and features earlier this year at NATPE Miami. Plunkett, who was in charge of scripted programming […]

E! cancels I Am Cait

US cable channel E! has cancelled its ground-breaking reality series I Am Cait, with its transgender star Caitlyn Jenner remaining on the network on the long-running Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I Am Cait sparked debate, featuring Jenner as she transitioned from a man, then Bruce Jenner, to a woman. After debuting last summer, it […]

E! Asia begins Ultimate Countdown

NBCUniversal-owned E! Asia has acquired a 16x45mins celebrity countdown series from France’s Prime Entertainment Group. Ultimate Countdown has already sold to E! in Germany, and will join other channels such as SIC in Portugal and Movies Now in India in broadcasting it. The show counts down entertainment-themed lists such as ‘Best Celebrity Arrests’ and ‘Sexiest […]

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