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 […]

‘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 […]