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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. […]

GSN orders cable version of Minute to Win It

US cable net GSN has ordered a new version of Shine’s gameshow format Minute to Win It. The 40x1hrs version for GSN marks the first time dedicated episodes will have been on US cable. The show, in which contestants take part in a series of 60-second challenges that use objects that are commonly available around […]

Amazon nets online rights to Downton Abbey

Amazon has inked a deal that gives it exclusive streaming rights to period drama Downton Abbey. The first two series of the drama, which is made by NBC Universal’s Carnival Films, are the most-watched TV shows on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service. It has now inked a deal with PBS Distribution and taken exclusive US […]

NATPE news: Telemundo inks wide-ranging deal with TVN

NBC Universal-owned US Hispanic broadcaster Telemundo has inked an programming and distribution deal with Chilean public broadcaster TVN. The exclusive deal gives Telemundo US and Mexican rights to all of TVN’s telenovela scripts. Telemundo Studios in Mexico or the US will adapt the shows. It has already produced several original novelas based on adaptations of […]

LoveFilm inks streaming deal with NBC Universal for TV shows

LoveFilm has sealed a UK programming deal with NBC Universal that gives the Amazon-owned streaming service a raft of the studio’s catalogue and current TV series. The agreement, with NBC Universal International TV, covers scripted shows including 30 Rock, Knight Rider, Warehouse 13 and the US version of The Office. LoveFilm said it covered hundreds […]

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 […]

Miramax ups Beth Minehart and Joe Patrick

Independent US studio Miramax has promoted two of its executives, Beth Minehart and Joe Patrick. Patrick has been upped to executive VP, worldwide television. He joined Miramax from MGM in March 2011 as senior VP, head of domestic television & digital sales, and was named head of worldwide sales for Miramax in September 2011. Minehart […]

Sky Deutschland expands partnership with NBCUniversal

Sky Deutschland has extended its distribution partnership with NBC Universal in a deal that will see the launch of Syfy HD and Universal 13th Street HD on its network from January 17. NBC Universal has also extended its existing output deal with Sky for the distribution of subscription pay TV and video-on-demand rights to movie […]

HBO extends Universal Pictures output

US cable network HBO has renewed a movie output deal with Universal Pictures it was announced late Sunday. Financial and specific details were not given, but HBO said the long-term agreement ensured it would carry Universal movies into the next decade. The deal was hammered out by Frances Manfredi, president, NBCUniversal cable & new media […]