Got Talent to launch in Afghanistan

Got Talent is launching in Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s Got Talent will launch on local broadcaster 1TV Media later this year after a deal was brokered with the talent format’s distributor FremantleMedia. FremantleMedia said that the Afghan launch would be the 55th local version of the show, which first launched as a full series on US network […]

NBC poaches ABC exec for international copro role

US broadcast net NBC has recruited Quinn Taylor as its new executive VP, movies, miniseries and international coproductions. Taylor joins from rival network ABC where he had been since 1996, most recently as VP, movies, miniseries and acquisitions. At NBC he will oversee all development and programming of original movies and miniseries, as well as […]

Harmon confirmed for Community return

Showrunner Dan Harmon is to return for the fifth season of NBC’s cult comedy Community, the US network has confirmed. Harmon had exited the Sony Pictures Television-produced show a year ago under what was reported to be acrimonious circumstances but tweeted a week ago he was set to rejoin the programme, which is based on […]

News brief: CABLEready secures 220 hours of sales

US-based distributor CABLEready has secured deals with global broadcasters totaling more than 220 hours. Included in the deals are ones with Discovery Turbo and Discovery Science in Latin America for reality series Saw Dogs and season two of Oddities, respectively. Elsewhere in Latin America, NBC has licensed Hollywood-themed Focus On. Asian Food Channel, Australia’s Foxtel, […]

Frantic appoints NBC alumna for scripted role

Canadian indie Frantic Films has hired ex-NBC and CBS producer Brenda Greenberg as its executive VP, scripted development. Greenberg is best known for working on series such as Being Erica, The Best Years and Side Effects. She began her career at NBC and also worked on CBS series As the World Turns. Toronto- and Winnipeg-based […]

NBC renews Hannibal

US broadcaster NBC has greenlit a second season of its Hannibal Lecter television series. The network has given Hannibal a new 13-part run that will air no earlier than midseason. The first season has averaged about 4.7 million viewers, according to NBC citing Nielsen Media Research. The pick up signifies the last scripted series order […]

Beyonce concert to broadcast in 150 territories

A concert in aid of female empowerment starring singer Beyoncé Knowles will broadcast in 150 territories, it has been confirmed. The Sound of Change concert on June 1 will see former Destiny’s Child star Beyoncé (left) joined by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, John Legend and Ellie Goulding, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu among the presenters. […]

International Studios: Drama Studies

For a week in May the attention of the TV world is focused on Hollywood studios as they present their new shows to international buyers at the LA Screenings. While the acquisitions folk are spending time – and money – with the Majors, an increasing amount of high-end drama is coming out of the LA […]

2013 LA Screenings Buyer Profile: Sena Argun, SinemaTV

Sena Argun is in LA this week buying for a SinemaTV’s bouquet of Turkish pay TV channels. The group has general entertainment, female-skewed, family, action and movie channels so Argun is in LA on the lookout for a wide range of content. Which channels are you buying content for? I’m buying content for our group […]

NBC acquires Sierra/Engine drama Siberia

NBC has acquired one hour drama series Siberia. The series comes from Sierra/Engine and Oscar-nominated movie producer Michael Ohoven’s Infinity as revealed by TBI in March. The series follows a group of contestants who think they are taking part in a Survivor-esque reality show in the Siberian wilderness, but soon realise something more sinister is […]