Hulu captures 12 Monkeys

Hulu has acquired US streaming rights to Syfy series 12 Monkeys. The on-demand service has picked up the first season of the show, a time-travel series loosely based on the movie of the same name. Linear cable nets are increasingly shopping VOD and SVOD rights to shows ahead of the new season launches on their […]

TBI February/March 2016

True crime: A new wave of true crime series that ape the structure of serialised dramas has emerged on screens across the world. Jesse Whittock looks at the evidence Gary Davey interview: Having worked in the UK, Italy and Germany, Gary Davey is now the content boss for the Europe-wide Sky operation. At NATPE in […]

HBO Lat-Am cuts NBCU volume deal

HBO Latin America has agreed a multiyear movie deal with NBCUniversal. The agreement give HBO the Hollywood studio’s features for its channels in Latin America and the Caribbean from 2015. HBO will have first pay TV window rights and run the features on the HBO and Max channels. The deal also allows it to make […]

News brief: Cartoon Network poaches content boss from NBCU

Cartoon Network has recruited Brian Robillard as vice president, content business operations for its Cartoon Network Studios division. Robbilard joins from NBC Universal where he was director of product strategy and development, content distribution working on the company’s TV Everywhere service. At Cartoon he will report to chief content officer Rob Sorcher. He said: “We’re […]

News brief: NBCU’s Chocolate Media making ITV ‘tactical quiz’

NBCUniversal-owned producer Chocolate Media has won a commission from ITV for quiz show The 21st Question. The series is billed as a ‘tactical quiz’ and will be hosted by UK presenter Gethin Jones. The format involves contestants being asked 21 questions with a ‘power player’ taking on challengers in winner stays on rounds. The 10x60mins […]

Hulu unveils 2014 originals, acquisitions

US streaming site Hulu has unveiled a deep slate of original programmes and new acquisitions for 2014 that includes a raft of content from international partners. NBCU, Fox and Disney-owned Hulu announced seventeen new or returning series yesterday including Deadbeat, its first copro with Lionsgate. The 10x30mins supernatural comedy will debut in April, be exec […]

Esquire Network staffs up

NBC Universal-owned US cable channel Esquire Network has made a trio of hires, all from other NBCU channels. The fledgling net launched on September 23, replacing NBCU’s female-skewed Style Network. It has recruited Dave Serwatka as vice president, current programming, Jamie French as vice president, communications and Marta Harmon as VP, marketing. Serwatka will oversee […]

E! orders party travel series from Monkey Kingdom

US cable network E! has ordered Party On, a new series looking at A-list holiday hot spots and international party locations. Each instalment of the 8x30mins series will focus on an exclusive resort or city and will soak up the local party scene. It will be hosted by Bold and the Beautiful actress and singer […]

Bravo launches new YouTube channel

NBCU-backed US cable network Bravo has launched What Happens Live Clubhouse!, a new YouTube channel. The channel launched last week (August 2) and will be fronted by Andy Cohen, BravoMedia’s executive VP, development & talent and the host of Bravo’s nightly Watch What Happens Live talkshow. He said: “The YouTube Clubhouse! channel creates a whole […]

New-look Universal Channel hitting the UK

NBCUniversal’s new-look Universal Channel will debut in the UK on August 5. NBCU has been repositioning its core general entertainment channel as part of a global strategy to focus it on character-driven programming. The process started with the Asian version of the channel. The channel has a new logo, on-air look and feel and programming […]