Gail Berman

Fox Entertainment unveils Gail Berman’s Sidecar team

Fox Entertainment’s content development division Sidecar has appointed a raft of executives to its senior management team headed by Gail Berman. The recently launched arm, which is not affiliated with any studio since the sale of 20th Century Fox to Disney, will provide content to the network and its associated platforms as well as third […]

Fox’s Buffy reboot one step closer

Beloved 1990s show Buffy the Vampire Slayer is set for a reboot after 20th Century Fox Television announced it has hired a writer to update and redraft the iconic heroine. Fox said it had brought Monica Owusu-Breen on board to write the script. Original Buffy showrunner Joss Whedon is working with Owusu-Breen and will executive […]

Netflix picks up Marie Kondo series on ‘the magic of tidying up’

Netflix has ordered an unscripted series with author and home organisation guru Marie Kondo (pictured), for a show based on her book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The yet-to-be-titled season will consist of eight episodes and is produced by The Jackal Group, the prodco former Fox entertainment chief Gail Berman founded in 2014. […]

Earley emerges at Berman’s Jackal

Former Fox Television Group COO Joe Earley has reunited with producer Gail Berman by becoming president of The Jackal Group. Earley exited Fox last year, a move that came after 21 years of service at Rupert Murdoch’s media group, and as the TV broadcast division merged with the Hollywood studio. At Jackal, Earley will report […]

Berman prodco pacts with Singled Out’s Auerbach

Gail Berman’s production outfit, The Jackal Group, has entered into a first-look development deal with veteran producer Gary Auerbach, who launched MTV series Laguna Beach and Singled Out. The pact includes development of scripted and non-scripted programming. Auerbach was most recently executive VP of NBCUniversal-owned Wilshire Studios, where he was able to sell 35 shows […]

LA Screenings 2015: Puppet masters

Muppets, medics and movie characters will be filling US network schedules over the next year. Jesse Whittock examines the trends, and what this means for buyers at the LA Screenings Over the next US broadcast season, audiences will finally learn the backstory of the Muppets. They will also be introduced to the latest contenders vying […]

Berman resurfaces with Fox-backed Jackal

Gail Berman has resurfaced six months after leaving her US prodco BermanBraun, and will lead a new Fox Networks Group-backed production group. The Jackal Group will focus on scripted, unscripted and factual programming. Berman will have an equity stake in the business, and lead it as CEO and chairman. She will sit on the board […]

BermanBraun becomes Whalerock as TV chief exits

US producer BermanBraun has rebranded as Whalerock Industries and restructured its film and TV divisions following the departure of one of the founders. Gail Berman exited the company in January, as TBI reported at the time, and remaining company co-founder Lloyd Braun has now reorangised the 150-person company. This will see television president Gene Stein […]

Sky, HBO target coproduction as content deal renews

The UK’s BSkyB and pay TV counterpart HBO are to up their partnership by co-developing and producing new dramas, following an extension of their existing content agreement. The pair will seek to develop and produce “spectacular” scripted projects with the potential to run for several seasons, with production jointly funded. “Original production is the natural […]

Gail Berman exits BermanBraun

Gail Berman is departing LA-based multiplatform producer BermanBraun, the company she co-founded with Lloyd Braun seven years ago. Braun will now become the firm’s sole owner, acquiring her stake for an undisclosed sum. Former Fox entertainment president and Regency TV chief Berman said there were “several unique opportunities” she was considering following her decision to […]