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 […]

Discovery buys Disney dramas for TLC UK

Discovery has bought several US scripted series for the soon-to-launch UK version of TLC. It has picked up ABC Studios-produced US dramas Mistresses (pictured) and Devious Maids from Disney’s distribution arm. Female-skewing TLC launches on BSkyB in the UK at the end of the month with a launch party in London tonight. Discovery has also […]

Lifetime wins legal battle over Romeo Killer TV movie

US cable net Lifetime has won a legal battle over Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story and will show the TV movie this Saturday, March 23. The two-hour TV movie is a dramatised version of events surrounding how a young college student, Chris Porco, became the prime suspect following the murder of his father and […]

A+E preps Lifetime and H2 launch in Asia and ups trio of execs

AETN All Asia Networks is about to launch the Lifetime and H2 channels in Asia. The company has upped a trio of its senior managers ahead of the roll outs. AETN All Asia Networks is a channels joint venture between A+E Networks and Malaysian pay TV operator Astro and operates the History, Bio and and […]

The Walking Dead trumps The Bible; both beat the networks

The Walking Dead and The Bible were the most-watched shows on US TV on Sunday with the cable ratings juggernauts beating all of the broadcast networks in their timeslots. Both the zombie series and the biblical story recorded stellar numbers, as did Vikings, which was the third most-watched show on cable. The Walking Dead won […]

Crime, seen investigation

As factual crime shows go from strength to strength, TBI takes witness statements from channel controllers, distributors and executives. Tim Adler uncovers why crime pays. Wives With Knives. Born to Kill. Surviving Evil. All true-crime shows whose titles could have been ripped from the headlines of this morning’s tabloids. From serial killers bip-bopping around the […]

NATPE News: Liz & Dick and Lifetime movies head to HBO Lat-Am

HBO Latin America has licensed A+E Networks’ Lindsay Lohan TV Movie Liz & Dick and several other titles from US cable net Lifetime. The TV movie output deal with HBO, sees the premium channel get a raft of Lifetime movies including She Made Them Do It, An Officer and a Murderer and Killer Among Us. […]

Lifetime ups Chessler, hires Hardy

US cable network Lifetime has promoted one its key programming executives, Kimberly Chessler and hired another, Paul Hardy. Both will have the title of vice president, reality programming. Chessler joined Lifetime in 2010 after over a decade at NBC Universal’s female-skewing net Oxygen. She has worked on unscripted series including Dance Moms and Abby’s Ultimate […]

Lifetime orders lingerie reality series Double Divas

US cable network Lifetime has ordered Double Divas, a reality series set in a lingerie store in Atlanta. The A+E Networks-owned female skewing broadcaster has commissioned the series from NorthSouth Productions, which produces Say Yes To The Dress for TLC and Impractical Jokers for TruTV. The series, which will launch in the new year, follows […]

Exclusive: Lifetime tucks into US version of Come Dine with Me

Lifetime is working on a US version of hit format Come Dine with Me. The US cable network has recruited would-be home chefs from the New York area for a pilot. The pilot is understood to have been shot in July and is expected to air on Lifetime later this year. The dinner party format […]