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Bonnie & Clyde simulcast hits big as b’caster slams cable

The simulcast of cable miniseries Bonnie & Clyde scored nearly 10 million viewers across three channels on Sunday but a CBS executive has claimed broadcast networks are winning the audience battle. The first episode of two-partner Bonnie & Clyde took 9.8 million total viewers and 4.2 million 25-54s on A+E Networks-owned cable nets Lifetime, A&E […]

UK streaming service brings MTV, History to Freeview

A new subscription streaming service is bringing channels such as Comedy Central, MTV and History to Freeview viewers in the UK. VuTV is launching today on the Freeview EPG on channel 238 at a cost of £6.99 (US$11.40) per month on Freeview HD web-connected TVs and set top boxes. Channels included on the service are […]

Marvista sees double

MarVista has just hit double figures – and figures miniseries, kids, features and TV movies will drive growth in its second decade, says CEO Fernando Szew. In its first ten years, MarVista has carved out a reputation for delivering TV movies and latterly live action kids content. The next phase will see it move into […]

News brief: Lifetime’s Witches to fly again

US cable channel Lifetime has ordered a second season of its female-skewed Witches of East End. The commission is for 13 episodes, which will debut in 2014. Twentieth Century Fox Television-owned prodco Fox21 produces. The show stars Julia Ormond, Mädchen Amick, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Rachel Boston as a family of witches living in a […]

Lifetime poaches TLC exec for unscripted role

Lifetime has poached Marianna Flynn from rival female-skewing net TLC. At A+E-owned cable channel Lifetime, Flynn will be VP, non-fiction programming. Based in LA she will report to Eli Lehrer, senior VP of non-fiction. He said: “Her keen eye for talent and strong relationships within the creative community perfectly mesh with our strategy to keep […]

Lifetime, A&E, History join for Bonnie & Clyde simulcast

The A&E, History and Lifetime US cable channels will join forces to simulcast two-part original drama Bonnie & Clyde. All three of the A+E Networks channels will show the series, in two-hour instalments over two nights, starting Sunday, December 8. History has made a hugely successful push into scripted with Hatfield & McCoys, The Bible […]

NBCU hires international scripted boss

NBCUniversal International Television Production has hired JoAnn Alfano as executive VP, scripted programming. Alfano will be based in LA and run the international scripted business overseeing development and production at NBCU-backed prodcos Carnival, Lucky Giant and Matchbox Pictures. She will also work with Working Title Television and Lark Productions, both of which NBCU has production […]

Shed staffs up for US reality

Warner Bros.-owned Shed Media has hired two new programming executives as it seeks to ramp up its reality programming activity in the US. Dan Snook (above) joins Shed Media US from Firecracker Films where he was senior VP, development, working on shows including Gypsy Sisters for Lifetime and Zombie Apocalypse for Discovery. At Shed he […]

Lifetime orders House of Versace TV movie

Lifetime has ordered a TV movie chronicling the life of celebrity designer Donatella Versace. The film will be based on Wall Street Journal reporter Deborah Ball’s book House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival. The TV movie will be made by Marvista and star Gina Gershon (Rescue Me) in the titular […]

News brief: More Devious Maids for Lifetime

A+E Networks-owned Lifetime has ordered a second season of the Judy Reyes-starring melodrama Devious Maids. The 13-episode order will lead Lifetime’s 2014 scripted slate, according to Lifetime’s executive VP and general manager Rob Sharenow. It will be produced by ABC Studios. The first season launched on June 23. It follows four close-knit maids who first […]