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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 […]

Electus ups Kelly-Clyne to Big Breakfast head of development

On the heels of Freeform’s development announcement for Big Breakfast’s Joss Whedon-executive produced dark comedy, Pippa Smith: Grown-Up Detective, the Electus-owned studio has named producer, director and writer Luke Kelly-Clyne head of development. Commenting, Electus COO Drew Buckley said: “Luke has been integral in expanding and diversifying Big Breakfast’s slate – everything from scripted comedies […]

Freeform Summit: Sony reboots Party of Five

During the first-ever Freeform Summit, from Disney’s young adult television network, Sony Pictures Television has announced that it will reboot fan-favourite Party of Five with original creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman. The reboot will follow the five Buendias children as they navigate daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents […]

Freeform orders Pretty Little Liars spin-off

Freeform, Disney’s young adult television and streaming network, has ordered drama pilot Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists from Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The series is based on the book The Perfectionists, written by Sara Shepard, who also penned the New York Times bestselling book series Pretty Little Liars. The book is set in the seemingly […]

ABC job cuts planned in Disney cost saving drive

The Walt Disney Company is looking to cut around 10% of annual costs at its Disney-ABC Television arm, potentially affecting 300 jobs. The ABC US broadcast network, production arm ABC Studios and ABC News are expected to take the biggest hits, with cable channels ABC News, Freeform and Disney Channel also affected. The Wall Street […]

Pretty Little Liars ending, Grimm axed

Pretty Little Liars and Grimm have been cancelled by US channels Freeform and NBC respectively. Cable broadcaster Freeform confirmed Pretty Little Liars would come to an end after its seventh season, which will begin airing in April 2017. The finale will be a two-hour special, and be followed by the premiere of new series Famous in […]