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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 […]

NBC, Homeland team prep for Waking Lions

US broadcaster NBC has kicked off the 2017-18 buying season by adding a pair of dramas to its slate, one coming from Homeland creator Gideon Raff and Keshet Studios. The shows are Waking Lions – which is from Raff, Israel-based Keshet’s US studio arm and Universal Television – and Salvation, which is from Law & […]

NBC, Dick Wolf join true crime craze

US broadcaster NBC and its most prolific procedurals creator, Dick Wolf, are getting in on the true crime trend. Law & Order: True Crime – The Menendez Murders will be an extension of writer-producer Wolf’s Law & Order franchise, but instead of closed episodes will run to eight parts that follow one case. Rene Balcer, […]

Dick Wolf: TV drama biz headed for shake-out

US super-producer Dick Wolf has weighed into the debate on the amount of US drama being made, telling TBI that a “huge shakeout” is coming because the business model for making so many scripted shows does not stack up. Wolf is one of the most prolific drama producers in the US and behind the Law & […]

NBC poaches Fox exec to fill drama post

US broadcaster NBC has poached 20th Century Fox Television’s Lisa Katz to fill the role Pearlena Igbokwe vacated when she was promoted to president of Universal Television. Katz will become NBC’s executive VP, drama development on July 11, and will report to NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. She replaces Igbokwe, who recently took over at […]

ITV poaches Jerry Bruckheimer exec

The US arm of ITV Studios has hired Michael Azzolino from Jerry Bruckheimer Television. Azzolino will be executive VP, creative affairs, at ITV Studios America and start in his new role next month. He will oversee development at the ITV unit, reporting to Philippe Maigret, president, ITV Studios America, who said: “Michael will bring with […]

LA Screenings 2016: Star profile

The US broadcast networks are going big this year, with popular actors, producers and franchises anchoring new season schedules. Jesse Whittock talks with the studios as the LA Screenings get underway The network series game is big business, and that’s why ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW have ramped up the stakes for the […]

Supergirl flies to CW as Agent Carter crashes

The US networks are well underway in building their next generation of scripted shows, with CBS moving Supergirl to The CW and ABC cancelling a number of shows, including Marvel’s Agent Carter. Almost every network has made early pick-ups in the past few days, with Supergirl moving channels amid flagging ratings on CBS among the […]

Comcast buying $3.8bn DreamWorks Animation

Comcast’s NBCUniversal is buying DreamWorks Animation, in a deal valuing the toon studio around US$3.8 billion. A deal had been expected after news of advanced talks broke earlier this week. Family-focused DreamWorks will become part of Comcast’s entertainment arm, NBCU, following the agreement, which will significantly bolster Comcast in its bid to rival The Walt […]

ITV, Mediaset take Warner’s Little Big Shots

ITV in the UK and Mediaset in Spain have ordered local versions of breakout US variety format Little Big Shots. The Steve Harvey-fronted original series for NBC in the US is the top-rating new series among total viewers in the 2015-16 season, prompting a wave of interest in the Warner Bros. International Television Production-sold show. […]

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