NBCUniversal International Studios

Carnival hires BBC exec as Wall to Wall grows

British producers Wall to Wall and Carnival Films have named new executive producers. Downton Abbey producer Carnival has hired BBC Studios’ Jess Pope (pictured) as executive producer, while, Long Lost Family prodco Wall to Wall has appointed Melissa Brown as executive producer, factual entertainment. NBCUniversal International Studios-owned Carnival wants Pope to develop her own programming, […]

Ex-NBCU unscripted chief resurfaces at Tinopolis

NBCUniversal International Studios’ former unscripted chief, David Mortimer, has joined transatlantic production group Tinopolis. Mortimer has become Tinopolis’ first director of content, overseeing content direction and performance across the Wales-headquartered production and distribution group. Placing a particular focus on popular factual and factual entertainment, Mortimer will also be tasked with group growth by identifying and […]

NBCU Intn’l, RTL, TF1 order first procedural

The international production arm of NBCUniversal and European powerhouse broadcasters RTL Deutschland and TF1 have greenlit Gone, the first international procedural resulting from the trio’s drama deal. The series will be based on the Chelsea Cain’s novel One Kick and run to twelve one-hour episodes. Chris Noth, star of juggernaut US procedural Law & Order, […]

NBCU, Tom Hardy work up drama duo

NBCUniversal International Studios and actor Tom Hardy’s prodco are working to adapt a new crime thriller book series, and a graphic novel about a silent alien invasion. NBCUIS has a first-look agreement with Hardy Son & Baker, the prodco Hardy formed with Dean Baker in 2012. Through this deal the companies are working to adapt […]

NBCU formats boss exits

David Mortimer, the NBCUniversal exec brought into to spearhead international formats growth, is leaving the company. Former indie prodco boss Mortimer has been in his London-based senior VP, factual and development, at NBCU for three years. When he joined, his remit was to run a new unit dedicated to unscripted programming. He had previously been […]

Ex-Channel 4 drama exec joins Working Title

UK-based Working Title Television UK has hired the former head of drama development at broadcaster Channel 4, Surian Fletcher-Jones. Also joining the NBCUniversal International Studios-backed prodco is Georgina Gordon-Smith, a former United Agents rep who becomes development executive. Fletcher-Jones is known for overseeing development on C4 series such as Cucumber, Banana and Indian Summers. She […]

Ex-NBCU exec joins Dudesons company

Former NBCUniversal International Studios format sales director Jonathan Tuonvinen has resurfaced at Rabbit Films, the producer behind extreme prank series The Dudesons. Tuovinen will return to his native Finland to become head of international and oversee global sales of shows such as King, Ultimate Expedition, Posse and Haggle Battle, after ten years working for TV […]

BBC Two delivers Victorian medicine comedy

UK terrestrial BBC Two ha ordered a comedy from Lucky Giant about four pioneering young medical professionals in Victorian England. Quacks will star Mathew Baynton (The Wrong Mans) as a psychiatrist, Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) as a showman surgeon, Tom Basden (Plebs) as a hedonistic anaesthetist, and Lydia Leonard (River) as a head strong social campaigner. […]

Formats exec joins NBC after DRG exit

Formats executive Albertina Marfil has joined NBCUniversal International Studios after leaving rival distributor DRG, TBI has learned. Marfil had been with DRG since 2013, having previously worked at Cineflix Rights and IMG Media. She was most recently sales manager for North and South America and the Asia Pacific region. She has joined NBCU’s formats division […]

Fox’s Cotton picked as Heyday US chief

Nancy Cotton is leaving Fox 21 Television Studios to become US president of new NBCUniversal joint venture prodco Heyday Television. Cotton (pictured) was senior VP, creative affairs at 21st Century Fox-owned Fox 21, which is the company that resulted from the merger of cable producer Fox 21 and network production arm Fox Television Studios. She […]