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CBS rehires exec to launch unscripted studios unit

CBS has re-hired Ghen Maynard for the second time, this time to launch an unscripted division at its television studios arm. Maynard has been named senior executive VP, alternative programming at CBS Television Studios, reporting to president David Stapf. The new post will see him establishing an alternative department, though CBS TV Studios is already […]

Ex-NBCU TV chief to lead Primary Wave

Former NBCUniversal Television chairman Jeff Gaspin has signed on as president of US indie producer Primary Wave Entertainment. As part of the deal, Primary Wave has acquired Gaspin Media, which is behind series such as A&E’s Fit to Fat to Fit and ABC’s To Tell the Truth. Gaspin had overseen the NBCU Television Entertainment business, […]

Netflix hires ex-Universal TV exec as content VP

Netflix has appointed former Universal Television president Bela Bajaria as its vice-president of content. Bajaria will lead the team at Netflix responsible for licensing content from the major US studios, including her former employer NBCUniversal, and agreeing coproduction deals with the major US networks. She will also oversee a new team developing original unscripted programmes […]

NBC cancels ITV Studios’ Aquarius

ITV Studios’ US drama Aquarius has been cancelled by NBC. The show ran for two seasons on the broadcast net, with the second finishing its run last month. Loosely based on the Charles Manson cult and killings, the series starred David Duchovny. NBC had shifted its slot several times amid falling ratings, and has now […]

Channel 4 buys NBC drama

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has acquired NBC’s dramedy This is Us from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. The series debuted on NBC last week and scored 10.07 million viewers, rising to 13.47 million including catch-up. Its trailer had already amassed a record 64 million Facebook views and 8.5 million on YouTube. Channel 4 claims this […]

New attempt to find US Friday Night Dinner recipe

CBS is taking another shot at remaking UK sitcom Friday Night Dinner for US broadcast audiences. This is the third time a US network has attempted to format the show, with CBS taking an earlier stab in 2014 and NBC shooting a pilot for the 2011-12 season. The latest attempt has King of Queens co-creator […]

Pretty Little Liars ending, Grimm axed

Pretty Little Liars and Grimm have been cancelled by US channels Freeform and NBC respectively. Cable broadcaster Freeform confirmed Pretty Little Liars would come to an end after its seventh season, which will begin airing in April 2017. The finale will be a two-hour special, and be followed by the premiere of new series Famous in […]

Spanish net remaking Turkish drama The End

Spanish commercial broadcaster Telecinco has ordered a local version of well-travelled Turkish scripted format The End. The Spanish series will be titled El Accidente and goes on air next year, with Globomedia attached to produce, as previously reported. This is the third European remake of the crime drama. In the Netherlands, Vlucht HS13 (Flight HS13) […]

Nelonen to open Finnish Office

Finnish broadcasters Nelonen and Elisa Entertainment has ordered a local version of Ricky Gervais’ fly-on-the-wall comedy The Office. The pair have already recruited comedian Sami Hedberg to play the iconic David Brent role that writer-comic Gervais made famous through the original BBC show. Solar Republic is producing the Finnish version, which will be titled Konttori […]

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 […]

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