Robert Weiss on the future for Ovation

Robert Weiss was appointed chief creative officer of Ovation TV late last year and the former Eqal, FX, VH1 and Fuse executive has swiftly restructured the arts and culture network. Kris Slava, Marc Johnson and almost 30 staffers have left in total and several new faces have been brought in during Weiss’ short tenure. TBI […]

Graham King takes the reins at GK-tv after Craig Cegielski exit

Movie producer Graham King has taken over the running of his company’s TV department after the departure of its president, Craig Cegielski. TBI understands that Cegielski left GK-tv late last year. He is now running a new entertainment firm called Open Circle, which is based in LA. GK moved swiftly to deny that his exit […]

Perfect Storm taps ex-FX exec for new TV division

US media company Perfect Storm Entertainment has hired Danielle Woodrow to run its freshly minted TV division. Woodrow was most recently senior VP, original programming, at FX Networks in the US, running the Current Series department. Perfect Storm is a joint venture between Justin Lin (Fast & The Furious 6) and Bruno Wu and is […]

FX employs syndie model for George Lopez sitcom

Fox-owned channel FX has ordered a new 10-part sitcom from comedian George Lopez that will stretch to a 100-episode order if ratings thresholds are hit. Saint George is a half-hour comedy coming out of a deal between FX, Lionsgate Television and Lionsgate-owned sales house Debmar-Mercury. It follows co-creator Lopez, best known for his self titled […]

News Corp ents biz named 21st Century Fox

The entertainment and media arm of News Corp will be called 21st Century Fox. The name will come into effect once News Corp completes the split of its entertainment and publishing arms later this year. Furthermore, the moves puts pay to the Fox Group moniker, which will cease to exist at that point. Falling under […]

Shine America hires Belzberg for production role

Shine America has hired Leslie Belzberg as senior VP, scripted production and the veteran producer will oversee projects including The Bridge for FX. Belzberg’s recent movie producing credits include Crazy Heart and at Shine she will oversee day-to-day scripted production. One of the first projects she will work on will be the US remake of […]

FX orders more Archer

FX has ordered a new season of animated secret agent comedy Archer. The US cablenet is currently midway through transmitting the fourth season of the show, which will run until April, and has placed an order for a thirteen-episode fifth series. Fox’s FX said the show is the second highest rating cable series for men […]

FX orders more Americans

US cable network FX has ordered a second season of Cold War drama The Americans. The first series is currently going out on FX in the US and, four episodes in, the channel has placed an order for a new, thirteen episode season. The show was the most-watched debut of any FX series ever with […]

ITV buys Fox’s cold war series The Americans

  UK commercial broadcaster ITV has picked up upcoming Cold War drama The Americans. The series, which is distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, was made for US cable net FX. The scripted series tells the story of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected […]

Fox poaches strategy boss from BBC Worldwide

Fox International Channels has hired Christian Brent as its European strategy boss. Brent joins from BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, where he was VP, strategy & audiences at the company’s channels division. At FIC, he will take the newly-created role of VP of research and strategy for Europe. Based in […]