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NBC Universal strikes pair of format deals with Vietnam’s VTV

NBCUniversal International Formats has struck two deals for local remakes of entertainment shows with Vietnamese network VTV. The first will see a local version of Japanese format Who Is The Real Celebrity (WITRC) (pictured) launch on VTV. Produced by MEGA GS Communication and Entertainment, the 13×75’ version titled AI LÀ BẬC THẦY CHÍNH HIỆU will air on Fridays at 9pm […]

NBC launches World Of Dance Snapchat series

In a sign that TV networks are becoming increasingly interested in originating content for social media platforms, US network NBC is, today, launching a Snapchat version of its new World of Dance series – eight days ahead of the show’s television debut. The much-hyped World of Dance, which features Jennifer Lopez as a judge, is […]

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man debuts on iTunes in US

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man will premiere its first season on iTunes. This is the first time the British drama series will be available in Canada and the US. Produced by Carnival Films for Sky1, the 10x60mins crime drama is based on an idea from comic book writer and TV producer Stan Lee. The series was made […]

Media giants dominate Euro TV, US impact grows

A group of 15 media giants dominate pay TV within the European Union, accounting for almost 70% of the bloc’s pay TV homes, according to new research. The European Audiovisual Observatory reports that ownership is becoming more consolidated among this group as national players make expand beyond their domestic bases. Deutsche Telekom, Liberty Global, Orange, […]

NBCUniversal launches on-demand mini-novelas

NBCU is launching two shortform telenovelas on its Xfinity X1 streaming and interactive service. The telenovela is notable for its 120 episode or longer format, but Las Princesas and Off Script will run to 20 and twelve instalments of three minutes respectively. The shows will be in Spanish and English, targeting bilingual and bicultural viewers […]

Scripps Networks appoints digital boss

Scripps Networks Interactive has upped former NBC Universal exec and existing staffer Sameer Deen to senior VP of multiplatform distribution and strategy. Deen, who was previously founder and president of CityEats, a digital business company that Scripps Networks Interactive recently sold, will be responsible for digital distribution activities, reporting to executive vice president of content […]

News brief: Cartoon Network poaches content boss from NBCU

Cartoon Network has recruited Brian Robillard as vice president, content business operations for its Cartoon Network Studios division. Robbilard joins from NBC Universal where he was director of product strategy and development, content distribution working on the company’s TV Everywhere service. At Cartoon he will report to chief content officer Rob Sorcher. He said: “We’re […]

Pete Smith lands job at Greece’s Antenna

Pete Smith, the former NBC Universal and Cineflix Studios boss, has been recruited as managing director of Greek broadcast group Antenna. The Greek TV company said it had brought in Smith as part of a wider plan to extend its international presence. Antenna CEO Theodore Kyriakou said that Smith will play a key role in […]

Esquire Network staffs up

NBC Universal-owned US cable channel Esquire Network has made a trio of hires, all from other NBCU channels. The fledgling net launched on September 23, replacing NBCU’s female-skewed Style Network. It has recruited Dave Serwatka as vice president, current programming, Jamie French as vice president, communications and Marta Harmon as VP, marketing. Serwatka will oversee […]

Sony hires Carrie Ferman

Sony Pictures Television has hired Carrie Ferman as senior VP, business strategy and development, International Production. She will support SPT’s international productions, and its portfolio of 18 production companies, in strategic planning and growing SPT’s business. Reporting to Andrea Wong, president, International Production for Sony Pictures Television, she will be based at SPT’s London office. […]

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