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NBC’s Deborah Turness returns to ITN as CEO, ahead of Anna Mallett’s Netflix move

UK-based current affairs producer ITN has re-hired Deborah Turness from NBC News as its CEO, replacing the Netflix-bound Anna Mallett. Turness was most recently president of NBC News International, a role she took up in 2017 with a remit across editorial, production and commercial operations. Prior to that, Turness headed up the US-facing NBC News for […]

Amazon Studios hires Alcon alum Laura Lancaster in leadership rejig

Amazon Studios has hired former NBC head of drama Laura Lancaster as head of series and promoted its own head of drama Marc Resteghini to head of development as part of a restructure of its programming operations. The streamer is reorganising its leadership team to focus on the three areas of series, development and IP […]

NBC reinvents ‘The Wheel’ for the US

US broadcaster NBC has ordered a local version of UK format The Wheel. The 10-part show is being produced by Warner Horizon, part of Warner Bros. Unscripted TV, and Hungry McBear, which created the format. The Wheel launched on the BBC in the UK last year – becoming a major hit for the broadcaster – […]

NBCU’s Mark Lazarus says ‘aggressive’ overhaul will strengthen creative firepower

NBCUniversal Television & Streaming chairman Mark Lazarus has admitted the recent overhaul of its content operations was an “aggressive move” but said it will should provide greater budget firepower and make life easier for producers. Lazarus, who was talking on the first day of NATPE Virtual Miami, introduced a wholesale revamp of NBCU’s operations to […]

NBC orders scripted trio, including Keshet’s ‘La Brea’ & comedy ‘Grand Crew’

NBC has handed out a raft of commissions following last year’s tumultuous pilot season, with wine bar comedy Grand Crew and Keshet Studios’ La Brea among those going to series. La Brea, from writer David Applebaum, had been ordered to pilot as part of the 2019/20 season but the show was delayed along with numerous others as the pandemic spread. […]

NBC to remake Oz’s ‘Secret Bridesmaids’ Business’

US network NBC is developing Ties That Bind, a new drama series based upon Seven Studios’ Australian miniseries Secret Bridesmaids’ Business. The series is being written and executive produced by Deirdre Shaw and if ordered will be produced by Keshet Studios and Universal Television, while the original show was based on Elizabeth Coleman’s stage play, inspired […]

NBC develops Keshet’s Israeli scripted format ‘The A Word’

US broadcast network NBC is developing a remake of Keshet’s hit scripted format The A Word (aka Yellow Peppers), which explores a family’s life after their young son is diagnosed with autism. The show has Arika Mittman (Paradise Lost) attached as showrunner and writer, with NBC stablemate Universal Television and Keshet Studios also onboard. Keshet quartet Peter […]

NBCU combines Peacock, USA & NBC firepower for ‘Tiger King’ drama

NBCUniversal (NBCU) is combining the commissioning power of its streaming platform Peacock, cablenet USA and broadcast network NBC for a new drama based on the Netflix docuseries Tiger King. Joe Exotic (working title) is being produced by NBCU’s UCP and has been ordered straight-to-series by the media giant’s streamer and its networks. The show is […]

‘West Wing’ reunion special set at HBO Max

HBO Max has commissioned a special The West Wing reunion, bringing the cast and creators of the political drama back together for the first time in 17 years to raise awareness of the When We All Vote campaign. A West Wing Special To Benefit When We All Vote will premiere on the streaming service this […]

TBI Weekly: How TV is finding fresh talent in “bedroom creators”

The hunt for the next big thing in TV doesn’t always necessarily mean snagging the hottest new IP or nailing down every proven content creator in sight to a first-look deal. Developments this week highlight how online and short-form platforms can offer a stage for emerging talent with fresh things to say and that savvy […]

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