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Turner buys advisory firm to bolster TBS & TNT

Turner has acquired a business advisory firm, and handed its co-founders a remit to “accelerate the… marketplace transformation” of its cable channels TBS and TNT. The acquisition of BRaVe Ventures will see its founders David Beck and Jesse Redniss taking control of a new business strategy unity, known internally as the Network Strategy and Innovation […]

CBS rehires exec to launch unscripted studios unit

CBS has re-hired Ghen Maynard for the second time, this time to launch an unscripted division at its television studios arm. Maynard has been named senior executive VP, alternative programming at CBS Television Studios, reporting to president David Stapf. The new post will see him establishing an alternative department, though CBS TV Studios is already […]

TBS to Drop the Mic with James Corden

Turner-owned cable network TBS has greenlit a comedy-music series from CBS talk show star James Corden and producer Ben Winston. Like Carpool Karaoke, Drop the Mic is based on a segment from The Late, Late Show with James Corden and is already a popular online video strand. The format sees four celebrities pitted against each […]

Turner wants unscripted to Bloom with TBS/TNT hire

Turner has hired Michael Bloom to run development and production of unscripted at its TBS and TNT cable nets. Bloom has been working on the Turner and WME-IMG esports championship, Eleague, coverage of which is about to start on the linear TBS channel. Turner Entertainment chief Kevin Reilly said his new role marked an effort to approach […]

Young Shakespeare drama set for TNT

US cable channel TNT has commissioned a drama about a young William Shakespeare as part of its 2016/17 line-up. Will comes from Craig Pearce, Shekhar Kapur, Alison Owen and Debra Hayward, and is the headline series from Kevin Reilly’s second Upfront since joining the company in November 2014. It will comprise ten episodes and launch […]

Turner invests in Mashable

Turner has led a US$15 million funding round in digital media news site Mashable, which plans to use the cash to expand its video output across all platforms – including linear TV. The Series C investment includes a partnership for video production, technology and advertising opportunities between Mashable and Time Warner-owned Turner. Mashable said that it […]

Turner, Burnett test wearable tech inventors

Turner Broadcasting System, IT firm Intel and unscripted producer Mark Burnett are jointly working on a multiplatform reality series that aims to find the new big wearable technology. America’s Greatest Makers (WT) follows on from Intel’s ‘Make It Wearable’ challenge from last year, and will run in long-form on the TBS cable channel and short-form […]

Turner poaches NBC exec, cable team grows

Turner Broadcasting System has poached an NBC drama executive to become a programming chief at TNT, as it sets its cable creative and production teams. NBC VP, drama development Joey Chavez has joined The Last Ship channel TNT as senior VP, original programming, with Thom Hinkle promoted for the same role at sister network TBS. […]

Reilly promotes Bradley at Turner

Kevin Reilly has promoted Deborah Bradley to an executive VP post at Turner Broadcasting System. Bradley (left), previously a senior VP in Turner’s sales team, has been named EVP, networks and programme optimisation, content strategy and commercialisation. In the role she will be responsible for acquisitions, licensing, programme planning, scheduling, operations and inventory management for […]

Fox in a Rusch for event series

Fox Broadcasting in the US has hired Fabrik Entertainment’s Rachel Rusch to become its executive VP of event series. Rusch rejoins the 21st Century Fox business having more recently been director of development at Red Arrow Entertainment-owned producer Fabrik Entertainment, where she produced Amazon’s procedural Bosch. At Fox she will oversee all limited run programming. […]