NBCUniversal International


Brainch to lead NBCUI EMEA hub

Satpal Brainch has been named as chief of a new NBCUniversal International distribution and networks hub. Its creation comes after similar hubs were built in Latin America and Asia, and according to the firm, completes the strategy of multi-regional bases. Brainch (left), previously executive VP and MD of NBCUI Networks will lead the new London-headquartered […]

Buyers Briefing: Vanda Rapti, MTG

Name: Vanda Rapti Title: VP of acquisitions, pay TV, VOD and new media, and acting VP, free TV, Nordics, MTG Vanda Rapti buys programming for a variety of Modern Times Group channels across Europe. Here she takes TBI through the needs of the free, pay and VOD platforms operating under MTG’s Viasat broadcasting brand.   […]

Bravo entertains Melbourne’s Housewives

US cable channel Bravo has acquired Australian reality series The Real Housewives of Melbourne. The show will air each Sunday 12pm ET/PT from August 3 following the deal with Bravo stablemate NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution, which sells NBCU-owned programming in the US and Canada. Bravo, part of the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment group, is […]

Pete Smith, Red Planet produce Motown drama

Former Cineflix Studios and NBCUniversal International boss Pete Smith is hooking up with writer Tony Jordan to create a 10-part musical series about the Motown movement. Smith (left), who earlier this month was announced as managing director of Greek broadcasting group Antenna, is working with Jordan, film producer Duncan Kenworthy (Notting Hill, Love Actually) and […]

Netflix buys NBCU scripted shows for the Netherlands

Netflix’s Dutch service has acquired dramas including Suits, Downton Abbey and Bates Motel (pictured) as part of a package deal with NBCUniversal International. The streaming service has today made two seasons of legal drama Suits and three of period title Downton Abbey available to its local Dutch subscribers. Following later this year will be crime fantasy Grimm […]

Paranomal series to debut on upcoming Syfy Oz

New paranormal series Haunting: Australia will be among the programmes broadcasting on the soon-to-launch Australian feed of NBCUniversal International’s Syfy channel. The show will make its debut on the net in February, a month after Syfy launches on January 1 on pay TV platform Foxtel. Haunting will follow paranormal investigator Robb Demarest (Ghost Hunters International) […]

Ex-Target sales boss lands NBCU formats role

Former Target Entertainment head of sales Hannah Worrall has joined NBCUniversal’s international formats team, TBI has learned. Worrall has landed the new role of VP, format sales at NBCU International Production, the Comcast-owned company confirmed this morning. She will report to NBCUI’s senior VP, formats and production Yvonne Pilkington, who recently returned from maternity leave. […]

NBCUniversal prepares for Hollywood Game Night

NBCUniversal International will hit the Croisette with a new slate of formats, including NBC primetime series Hollywood Game Night. The series (left), which comes from Hazy Mills Productions, Mission Control Media and NBCU-owned Universal Television, launched on NBC in July and has been commissioned for a second season. NBCU’s global arm will be shopping it […]

NBCUI relaunches PictureBox SVOD service

NBCUniversal International has relaunched its feature film subscription on-demand service in the UK and Ireland. PictureBox Films is being given what’s described as a “radical redesign and major rebrand” of the site, which initially launched as a digital TV subscription on-demand service in 2006. The revamped service, which launches today, allows users to access 60 […]

ABC1 goes Old School with drama

Australian public broadcaster ABC1 has commissioned an eight-part drama series in which a retired cop and retired criminal work together to solve cases. Old School will star Bryan Brown (Beautiful Kate, Gorillas in the Mist) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, The Tudors) as the veteran pair, who pool together in a bid to solve crimes […]