Everybody Loves Raymond

NBCU’s new streamer Peacock pulls back Netflix shows, unveils originals

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has ordered a raft of new shows and snatched back rights to Amy Poehler comedy Parks And Recreation from Netflix for its new streaming service, which it has named and said will launch in April. Peacock will offer 15,000 hours of programming, with Parks And Recreation set to become available from October 2020 […]

Russian net orders Roseanne format

Russian free-TV broadcaster CTC is piloting a local version of classic US sitcom Roseanne. The Russian version of the show will be called Katya. Sony Pictures Television is making the show for CTC, which marks the first time the studio will remake the comedy series. The original Roseanne series ran for nine seasons on US […]

Sony hires ex-Disney exec as Russia chief

Sony Pictures Television has hired a former Disney Russia producer to run its production business in Russia following the exit of Maria Smirnova to CTC, TBI has learned. Vadim Sokolovsky will oversee SPT Productions Russia and Sony’s locally owned prodco Lean-M Productions as managing director, reporting to SPT’s senior VP, scripted programming and international production […]

Sony scales back Middle East production, Kebbi exiting

Sony Pictures Television Arabia’s president Ziad Kebbi is exiting the business as part of a restructure that will scale back production operations in the Middle East, TBI can reveal. TBI understands SPT is scaling down its Dubai, UAE headquarters, closing down its production office in Beirut, Lebanon and reducing operations at its Cairo, Egypt base. […]

CBS posts best ever full-year results

US broadcaster CBS has posted full-year revenue of US$15.28 billion, 6% higher than the 2013 total and its best ever yearly performance. CBS said the growth reflected increases in revenue across the board and that content licensing and distribution increased 15% year-on-year. Operating income before depreciation and amortisation rose 7% on 2012 to US$3.26 billion, […]

Hulu extends CBS pact

US streaming service Hulu has expanded its deal with broadcaster CBS and landed thousands of episodes of library programmes, including Cheers and Undercover Boss. According to Hulu CEO, Hulu now offers more than 5,300 episodes of CBS programming. The new agreement covers classic comedies Cheers, The Brady Bunch and Everybody Loves Raymond; soap Melrose Place; […]

News brief: OSN orders Arabic Betty and Raymonds

Sony Pictures Television has secured an order for its local version of Betty La Fea and Everybody Loves Raymond from OSN, the pay TV platform that covers the Middle East and Africa. OSN will premiere the SPT Arabia-produced Arabic Betty La Fea, which will be known as Hebal Regal El Ghorab (which translates as ‘Crow’s […]

NATPE Miami announces raft of speakers

Numerous speakers have been announced for the NATPE Miami market, which takes place in late January. Heading up the ‘Global Navigators’ conference strand are Televisa Internacional CEO Emilio Azcarraga Jean and Univision’s content chief Alberto Ciurana. ITV Studios’ formats boss Mike Beale and his counterpart at Warner Bros., Andrew Zein, will also speak in that […]

US Hispanic net cooks up Breaking Bad remake

US Hispanic channel Univision has partnered with Sony Pictures Television to create a Spanish-language version of Breaking Bad, the universally acclaimed AMC drugs distribution drama. Metástasis is the first recreation of the US cable series (pictured), in which Bryan Cranston plays a dying Albuquerque science teacher-turned-crystal meth manufacturer. The Spanish language series will see Diego […]

Middle East nets ready Millionaire spin off, new formats

Middle Eastern and North African broadcasters have partnered with Sony Pictures Television on the latest versions of a Who Wants to be a Millionaire? spin off, a singing-themed factual entertainment format and a remade CBS studio game show. In Dubai, national broadcaster Dubai Television has ordered Sony Pictures Television Arabia to produce a 26-episode season […]