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 […]

‘Fresh Prince’ to get dramatic reboot, Will Smith to exec produce

A dramatic reboot of 1990s US sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air is reportedly in the works, with original star Will Smith attached as executive producer. The project will be based on Morgan Cooper’s popular viral video that was posted last year and has since gained more than five million views on YouTube. Cooper will […]

NBCU promotes Frances Berwick in TV & streaming revamp, Paul Telegdy exits

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has revealed the management structure for its combined TV and streaming operation, with NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy exiting and lifestyle networks president Frances Berwick securing a promotion. She will now head up NBCU’s television entertainment business, while a yet-to-be-appointed exec will take charge of the entertainment programming division. Berwick, who is a […]

Ava DuVernay brings social experiment series to NBC

US network NBC has ordered a 10-part social experiment series from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s Array Filmworks and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Each episode of the unscripted series Home Sweet Home will focus on two families who lead very different lives and serve to challenge racial, religious, economic, geographic, gender and identity assumptions as participants […]

NBC orders lockdown comedy from ‘Blindspot’ duo

US network NBC has ordered a Connecting, a Coronavirus-era scripted comedy series filmed entirely through video chats. The eight-part series is being produced by Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, with Blindspot collaborators Martin Gero and Brendan Gall taking on the project. Gero and his Quinn’s House production banner are currently under an […]

NBC buys Canadian drama ‘Transplant’ as Covid-19 coping strategies continue

NBC has become the latest US broadcaster to acquire existing scripted product to avoid the production hiatus by striking a deal for Canadian medical drama Transplant. The 13-part show, which debuted in February on Canuck network CTV, centers on Dr. Bashir ‘Bash’ Hamed, a Syrian doctor who flees the country’s war to set up life […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Breaking down the numbers for 2019/20

2019 might seem like a different world to the Covid-19 dominated landscape we live in today, but the flurry of annual results revealed by US and European majors over recent weeks have provided an illuminating set of insights into how the content business is changing. Tim Westcott and Kia Ling Teoh, analysts at TBI sibling […]

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