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USA originals chief to exit, scores UCP deal

USA Networks executive VP, original programming Jackie de Crinis is stepping down to take an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions. The long-serving executive is credited with developing series such as Monk, Burn Notice, Covert Affairs and Mr. Robot (pictured), but will leave the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment-owned USA to become an independent producer. Her exit […]

Sprout boards Zuckerberg toon

US kids cable channel Sprout has become the American home of Randi Zuckerberg’s debut animated toon, Dot. The NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group network will debut the girls-skewed show, which is from Boat Rocker Media-backed producer Industrial Brothers and Zuckerberg Media in association with The Jim Henson Company and Canadian pubcaster CBC, in September. The series, […]

NBCU acquires full ownership of Sprout

NBCUniversal has acquired the shares in US preschool channel Sprout it didn’t already own to make it the sole owner of the cable net. NBCU Cable Entertainment has acquired the stakes from public broadcaster PBS and HIT Television Ventures, an Apax Partners-operated fund. The network was launched in 2005 as a joint venture of NBCU, […]

Spotts takes Bravo role as Cohen launches prodco

Lara Spotts will become US cable channel Bravo’s head of development with current incumbent Andy Cohen exiting to launch his own production company. Cohen, executive VP of development and talent and also a late night talk show host often referred to as the ‘face’ of Bravo, has launched prodco Most Talkative. This means VP, development, […]

News brief: Bravo adds Farrell, Oliver to current team

NBCUniversal-owned Bravo Media has hired doc maker Leslie Farrell and former Food Network executive Jeffrey Oliver as VPs of current programming. The pair will report into senior VP, current programming and original production, Shari Levine and work out of New York. Emmy-winning doc maker Farrell, who has created shows for HBO and PBS among others, […]

Style showcases development slate

US cable channel Style has unveiled a nine-strong development slate, including series from Endemol-owned 51 Minds, Lionsgate Entertainment and Bunim-Murray Productions. The 51 Minds series is Selita (working title), a docu-series that follows supermodel Selita Banks as she hits 30 and shifts her focus from the catwalk to the high street by launching a clothing […]