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NBC hires ex-Legendary digital chief

NBC Entertainment has drafted in former Legendary Digital Networks (LDN) exec Steven Hein. His new post as senior VP of digital content at the Peacock Network will see him lead development and production of native digital content for shows such as Will & Grace, World of Dance and This is Us. He’ll report to Rob […]

NBC sets new Thursday night block

US broadcaster NBC is looking to take a “stabilising” 2016/17 season to another level with a new look Thursday night block for the upcoming season. Announcing its new schedule at a New York upfront on Friday, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt pointed to a Thursday line-up of the returning comedy Will & Grace, Tina Fey […]

NBC ‘social media crucial to future of network TV’

Extending flagship show brands to have a strong presence on social media is central to ensuring the future of broadcast TV, according to NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. Speaking at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Greenblatt said that social media is key to bringing audiences back to network television in the US, adding that […]

NBC confirms Will & Grace comeback

US broadcaster NBC has confirmed it is bringing back LGBTQ comedy Will & Grace as a limited ten-part series. Stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullaly will reprise their roles in the series, which is slated for the 2017-18 season, along with creators, original showrunners and executive producers Max Mutchnick and David […]

NBC confirms Will & Grace comeback

US broadcaster NBC has confirmed it is bringing back LGBTQ comedy Will & Grace as a limited ten-part series. Stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullaly will reprise their roles in the series, which is slated for the 2017-18 season, along with creators, original showrunners and executive producers Max Mutchnick and David […]

Electus exec starts sales unit for Silverman prodco

Electus International distribution veteran Cyrus Farrokh is joining former his bosses Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens at indie studio Propagate Content. Farrokh has been named president of Propagate’s international distribution arm, marking the US-based company’s move into TV sales. He was previously senior VP and head of sales at Electus International, the LA-based distribution […]

NBC plots major OTT expansion

US broadcaster NBC is nearing the end of its “toe in the water” experiments in OTT services, and is planning a major expansion in the area. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt (pictured) said he expects to formally announce plans “in the next couple of months”, with an NBCUniversal-branded US SVOD service that would rival CBS […]

NBC poaches Fox exec to fill drama post

US broadcaster NBC has poached 20th Century Fox Television’s Lisa Katz to fill the role Pearlena Igbokwe vacated when she was promoted to president of Universal Television. Katz will become NBC’s executive VP, drama development on July 11, and will report to NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. She replaces Igbokwe, who recently took over at […]

NBC Entertainment gives bigger role to Cheeks

NBC Entertainment has promoted George Cheeks to president, business affairs and late night programming. Cheeks (pictured) has held an executive VP role since November 2014, and will remain reporting to NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt in his expanded post. Cheeks oversees various elements of the NBC Entertainment business, including production operations for Universal Television and […]

Universal Television names president

Pearlena Igbokwe has taken the reins at Universal Television, NBC’s cable and broadcast production arm. Igbokwe moves across from NBC Entertainment where she was executive VP, drama programming, to take the chairman role at Universal Television. She replaces Bela Bajaria who left Universal last week after under a year in the job. Prior to NBC […]