Spike, Lionsgate team with Christina Aguilera

US channel Spike, producer Lionsgate Television and singer Christina Aguilera are working up a music-themed game show. Tracks, which Mission Control Media (Hollywood Game Night) and Aguilera’s MX Productions are producing in association with Lionsgate, will debut as a half-hour special on Viacom Media Networks-owned Spike later this year. The format will see teams of […]

Formats exec joins NBC after DRG exit

Formats executive Albertina Marfil has joined NBCUniversal International Studios after leaving rival distributor DRG, TBI has learned. Marfil had been with DRG since 2013, having previously worked at Cineflix Rights and IMG Media. She was most recently sales manager for North and South America and the Asia Pacific region. She has joined NBCU’s formats division […]

Sky, NBC add to sports MCN funding round

YouTube multichannel network Whistle Sports has closed its Series C funding round, taking investment from Sky, NBC Sports Ventures and others. The round, which raised an undisclosed amount, also saw contribution from marketing firm TEGNA and private investment firm Emil Capital Partners. Both Sky and Emil were return backers, having invested in the firm’s US$28 […]

Donald Trump, Univision settle $500m legal case

The US$500 million legal case between US Hispanic broadcaster Univision Communications and American presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been settled. Details of the settlement were not forthcoming, but relate to events set in motion when Trump called illegal Mexican immigrants “rapists”. Univision had dropped the Miss Universe telecast in protest of the comments that Trump, […]

Cruel Intentions, MacGyver rebooted in US

US broadcasters NBC and CBS have given separate pilot orders to classic American scripted properties. NBC will rework 1999 cult movie Cruel Intentions, telling the story of the son of Ryan Phillippe’s character in the film, while CBS has ordered a pilot for a new version of 1980s procedural MacGyver. Cruel Intentions has original writer-director […]

Dick Wolf re-ups with NBCU

Crime procedural guru Dick Wolf has signed another contract with NBCUniversal, this time tying him to the Comcast media business until 2020. Additionally, broadcast network NBC has given an 18th season recommission for Law & Order: SVU and a second season order for Wolf’s latest effort, Chicago Med (pictured). Wolf and his Wolf Entertainment imprint […]

NATPE: US Hispanic nets ‘overtaking English-language rivals’

US Hispanic networks such as Univision are beginning to overtake their English-language counterparts in the States, a new report suggests. Gains in the key 18-49 demographics means market leader Univison and its Spanish-language peers are now surpassing the English-language ‘Big Five’ – ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW, according to the Understanding Latin America: […]

Netflix rubbishes NBC ratings data

Streaming giant Netflix has slammed NBC numbers claiming to show ratings for shows such as Jessica Jones, Masters of None and Narcos. Netflix chief content officer called the data release “remarkably inaccurate”, and added: “I hope they [NBC] didn’t spend any money on it.” NBC last week released info from analytics firm Symphony Advanced Media, […]

NBC reveals Netflix ‘ratings’

NBC has revealed what it claims to be viewing numbers for key Netflix series. The US broadcast net hosted a press lunch at the Television Critics Association tour that it dubbed a ‘reality check’ of the current TV landscape. Using data from tech firm Symphony Advanced Media, which in turn used a 15,000 sample of 18-to-49s, […]

Universal Channel requires Chicago Med

UK pay TV network Universal Channel has bought new season US medical drama Chicago Med. The Dick Wolf-produced show will debut on the NBCUniversal International Networks-sold show after a deal with the latter’s sister division, NBCU International Distribution. The show is set in a state-of-the-art Chicago trauma centre, and is part of Chicago Fire and […]

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