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Comcast cable channels grow as NBC toils

NBCUniversal’s cable channels business grew revenues by 4.6% in the first quarter of this year, but revenues at US broadcast network NBC tumbled nearly 20%. The cable unit – which houses channels including USA Network, Bravo and Syfy – saw revenues for the three months to March 31, 2013, reach US$2.25 billion compared with US$2.12 […]

Nielsen launches online TV ratings pilot

US-based ratings agency Nielsen has launched a pilot programme that will measure audiences for TV content viewed online. The Nielsen Digital Program Ratings trial will begin later this month and run through July, with participation from the five major TV networks – NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and The CW – along with A+E, Discovery, Univision and […]

NBC readies ‘genre-redefining’ live quiz series

US network NBC has commissioned a huge live interactive quiz show that will broadcast from a giant hourglass in the middle of Manhattan, with a potential US$10 million cash prize on offer. The Million Second Quiz comes from Lambert (pictured), with his Studio Lambert, All3Media America (fka Studio Lambert USA) and Universal Television and will […]

NBC rejects Eva Longoria’s Love

US broadcast network NBC has cancelled its new dating format Ready For Love after just two episodes. The series, which comes from Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVEable Entertainment, Renegade 83 Entertainment and Universal Television, has been replaced in its Tuesday 10pm time slot by scripted fantasy drama Grimm, which moves across from its current […]

MSN ‘looking to revive Heroes for Xbox’

MSN could be planning to make a new season of NBC’s superhero drama Heroes for its Xbox games console platform, according to a US report. US website TVLine reported that MSN was interested in relaunching the series, without naming sources. MSN created Xbox Entertainment Studios in February under former CBS executive Nancy Tellem and hired […]

Talpa USA raids Endemol and Mark Burnett for senior staff

Talpa hired several new staff, poaching executives from Endemol and Mark Burnett’s One Three Media. The US arm of John de Mol’s company is staffing up embarking on a major push into the US market off the back of after winning several programme orders. Monica Stock joins as VP of production having worked on 13 seasons […]

Discovery’s David Zaslav to give MIPTV keynote

Discovery Communications’ president and CEO David Zaslav will give a keynote address at MIPTV in April. The Discovery boss will speak at the market as part of the MIPTV’s organiser’s Media Mastermind series. He will discuss the global content environment, recent international M&A activity including acquisitions of the SBS Nordic channels and a chunk of […]

GSN orders cable version of Minute to Win It

US cable net GSN has ordered a new version of Shine’s gameshow format Minute to Win It. The 40x1hrs version for GSN marks the first time dedicated episodes will have been on US cable. The show, in which contestants take part in a series of 60-second challenges that use objects that are commonly available around […]

NBC takes more Ninja Warrior

US broadcast network NBC will air a new version of Japanese format Sasuke, or Ninja Warrior, starting next month. The broadcaster and its cable sibling G4 jointly aired a version of the Tokyo Broadcasting System show last summer. NBC has now repackaged a new version of the show that it will air from next month. […]

LoveFilm inks streaming deal with NBC Universal for TV shows

LoveFilm has sealed a UK programming deal with NBC Universal that gives the Amazon-owned streaming service a raft of the studio’s catalogue and current TV series. The agreement, with NBC Universal International TV, covers scripted shows including 30 Rock, Knight Rider, Warehouse 13 and the US version of The Office. LoveFilm said it covered hundreds […]