Disney launches Hulu-based content brand for creators of colour

Disney General Entertainment (DGE) has unveiled Onyx Collective, a new content brand on streaming service Hulu for creators of colour and underrepresented voices, including Oprah Winfrey and Ryan Coogler, to be helmed by Freeform president Tara Duncan. Duncan, who has been spearheading this effort since it was first announced last year, will continue in her […]

Lynn Barrie exits US cablenet Freeform

Lynn Barrie, SVP of original programming and development at Freeform, is exiting the Disney-owned US cablenet after three years at the company. Barrie joined in 2018 to oversee the development of scripted drama and comedy series, with projects including comedies Everything’s Gonna Be Okay and Single Drunk Female, and drama Cruel Summer, picked up to […]

Amazon takes first-window rights to Freeform thriller ‘Cruel Summer’

Amazon Prime Video has acquired exclusive first window worldwide rights (excluding the United States, Canada and China) to psychological thriller Cruel Summer. The series was produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple’s prodco Iron Ocean Productions and is set to land on the streamer following its US premiere on Freeform later this […]

Disney’s Freeform names originals chief, hires Quibi exec for unscripted

Disney-owned US network Freeform has promoted Jamila Hunter to oversee originals and development while also adding the former head of documentaries at now defunct Quibi. Hunter, who was previously SVP of current & alternative programming, will now become EVP of originals & development at the youth-skewing network and reports into Tara Duncan, who was appointed […]

Freeform head of programming Lauren Corrao departs

Disney-owned cablenet Freeform’s EVP of programming and development Lauren Corrao is leaving the company after 18 months in the role. Corrao joined the company in April 2019 after being tapped for the role by former president Tom Ascheim, and was responsible for all scripted and unscripted development and current original programming, as well as casting […]

ViacomCBS appoints Disney’s Yolanda Cochran to head kids production

ViacomCBS has appointed Yolanda T. Cochran from Disney-owned Freeform to oversee production for its Kids & Family division. Cochran becomes SVP of live-action long-form production for the ViacomCBS unit, responsible for Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick and Nicktoons, as well as Gen Z-focused brand Awesomeness. She will be based in Hollywood and reports to Megan Ring, […]

Disney’s Freeform hires former Netflix, AMC exec as president

Disney’s young adult cablenet Freeform has appointed former Netflix exec Tara Duncan as its president. Duncan takes up the role on 8 June and will lead on content strategy, original programming and production, as well as overseeing brand development, scheduling and finance. She reports into Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment chairman Dana Walden. Duncan […]

Former ABC Ent exec Jamila Hunter lands at Freeform

Former ABC Entertainment exec Jamila Hunter is joining Freeform as SVP of current series and alternative programming. In her new role, Hunter will oversee unscripted and alternative content as well as scripted programming across the network’s current slate of shows. She is expected to start in early 2020, reporting into Lauren Corrao, EVP of original […]

Freeform ends ‘Pretty Little Liars’ spin-off after single season

Disney-backed US network Freeform has brought the curtain down on Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists after just one season. The show, which was spun off from hit drama Pretty Little Liars in 2017, ran for a single 10-epiosde season but has been cancelled after failing to secure viewers. The series was based on the book […]

Freeform order comedy from Aussie Please Like Me creator

Freeform has handed a series order to comedy Everything’s Gonna Be Okay from Australian Please Like Me creator and comedian Josh Thomas. The US youth-skewing network has ordered a 10 x 30-minute series from Avalon Productions, which will co-produce alongside the network. In the show, Thomas will star as Nicholas, a neurotic 25-year-old living at […]