E! orders Mariah Carey reality series

NBCUniversal-owned cable net E! has ordered Mariah’s World, an eight-part reality series going behind the scenes with pop diva Maria Carey on her latest tour. Banijay’s Bunim/Murray will produce the series, which will follow Carey as she tours the UK, Europe and Africa. It will also take in the star’s preparations for her upcoming wedding […]

McCumber rises as NBCU rejigs entertainment

NBCUniversal is shaking up its entertainment networks division, with USA Networks president Chris McCumber heading up a new-look unit. McCumber will be president of NBCU Entertainment Networks, a group comprising USA, Syfy, Chiller and Cloo. Syfy president Dave Howe is being moved to a new post as president, strategy and commercial growth at NBCU Cable […]

Syfy makes debut in south Asia

NBCUniversal channel Syfy is launching in Sri Lanka, its first roll out in south Asia. The channel will be carried on the Dialog TV pay TV platform from the start of May. Dialog already carries its NBCU stablemates Universal Channel, E! and Diva. “This is a momentous occasion for the channel brand as it becomes […]

Tom Forman – why you need me if you want to crack the US

The meeting always goes the same way. On one side, you’ve got me and my development exec. On the other, a smart producer from Spain. Or Israel. Or Timbuktu. We’re knee-to-knee in the Majestic lobby. Or camped at a table at the Carlton. If it’s after lunch, we’ve ordered wine. If it’s earlier, we’re pretending […]

News brief: E! takes a Tricon series for a spin

US cable net E! has ordered Spun Out, a reality series looking at the world of spinning. Set in the Cycle House, LA’s premiere spin destination, the 6x30mins series will be produced by Canada-based Tricon Films & Television. It will follow three spin instructors as well as the management of the spin studio and the […]

The Royals find a UK home on E!

UK pay TV channel E! has picked up The Royals, the upcoming scripted series about a fictional British royal family. The ten-part series was the first drama offering commissioned by NBCUniversal-owned cable net E! in the US and it will now play on the UK as well as US versions of the Hollywood entertainment channel. […]

Kolb exits E! as Berwick takes on NBCU lifestyle nets

Suzanne Kolb is exiting her post as president of cable channel E! Entertainment, with long-serving NBCUniversal exec Frances Berwick handed control of a new look lifestyle division. NBC Lifestyle Group will comprise Esquire Network, Bravo and Oxygen. Berwick, who already president of Bravo and Oxygen, will oversee the group, and add responsibility for E! and […]

E! to continue with Fashion Police without Joan Rivers

US cable net E! is to continue making Fashion Police, the Hollywood fashion series that was fronted by Joan Rivers, the star who passed away earlier this month. The NBCUniversal-owned channel said that Rivers’ daughter and series exec producer, Melissa, has given her blessing for Fashion Police to continue. The next installment of the series will […]

The Royals – Lionsgate’s regal ambition

E! is best-known for its glossy entertainment programming and awards show coverage, but like many US cable channels has now taken the leap into drama, ordering its first series, The Royals. Shot in London, the show stars Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena, the head of a fictional British Royal family. Mark Schwahn (One Tree Hill) […]

NBC recruits TV veteran as Australia and NZ boss

NBCUniversal has hired Chris Taylor, a veteran of the Australian and New Zealand TV industries as its Sydney-based VP, international television. The new role involves working across NBCUniversal’s channels and programme sales business in Australia and New Zealand following the studio’s move to combine both sides of the business. Taylor spent over a decade at […]