James Newton

Nick hires NBCU exec for UK post

Nickelodeon has hired NBCUniversal International’s director of programming in the UK. James Newton is joining Viacom International Media Network-owned Nick UK & Ireland as VP, programming. At NBCU, he was director of UK programming, working across channels such as E!, Syfy and Universal Channel. He will oversee scheduling and editorial strategy at pay TV channel […]

Universal Channel UK buys NBCU-distributed procedural Motive

Universal Channel has picked up UK rights to US crime drama Motive. The detective series, which stars Kristin Lehman (The Killing) and Louis Ferreira (Stargate Universe), was an original for Canadian broadcaster CTV and was subsequently picked up by US broadcast net ABC. The Universal cable channel will be the first broadcaster in the UK […]

Universal Channel checks in to Bates Motel

Universal Channel in the UK has acquired Bates Motel from sister Comcast company NBCUniversal International Television Distribution. The series, which is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal 1960s horror Psycho, is currently airing on A&E Network in the US, where it premiered on March 18 to strong ratings. “Bates Motel is among the most-distinctive and talked-about new […]

Universal Channel buys The Closer spin-off Major Crimes

Universal Channel has acquired exclusive UK television rights to The Closer spin-off  Major Crimes, from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. Originally created for TNT in the US, Major Crimes debut episode attracted a total of 9.5 million viewers, setting a record as US basic cable’s most-watched series launch ever. The show went on to become […]