NBCUniversal International


2013 LA Screenings in review

As the sun sets on the studio lots and the myriad of international buyers head home after this year’s LA Screenings, the real business is just beginning. For those channels not tied into long term output deals with certain studios, the bidding wars for the best of the US are already underway. And though there […]

LA Screenings: Broadcast Strikes Back

With US cable series such as Hatfields & McCoys gaining traction with key demographics in the past year, broadcast networks have reacted with new comedies, reboots and spin offs and a shift toward short-run series for the new season. Jesse Whittock looks at how this will affect buyers at the LA Screenings. Laughter, it’s often […]

Donati, Brainch among raft of NBCU appointments

NBCUniversal International senior exec Duccio Donati is moving to a new role overseeing the E! cable channel in the US, with a CNBC chief taking his role. Concurrently, NBCUI has tapped a senior UK factual production creative to lead a major charge into unscripted programming. Donati (pictured), currently executive VP of NBCU division Universal Networks […]

Universal Channel buys Bates Motel for Asia, rebrands

Universal Channel in Asia has acquired Bates Motel, the A&E Network drama based on Alfred Hitchcock horror Psycho, as part of a new global strategy to focus on character-driven programming. The network’s parent, NBCUniversal International Television, plans to rebrand the channel across the 103 territories it broadcasts in, starting with its Asian channel feed on Sunday […]

Syfy unveils Jamie Foxx horror at Upfront

NBCUniversal-owned cable channel Syfy has ordered a Jamie Foxx-directed horror anthology series, a new Fox Television Studios drama and a trio of factual shows. At its Upfront this week, Syfy announced Hollywood actor Foxx’s Foxxhole Productions and Universal Cable Productions were working on an untitled scripted series that “tells creepy morality tales with themes such […]

Hollywood Studio formats

Plans are underway to make some of the most iconic US shows ever for local broadcasters with international versions of 24, Breaking Bad, ER, Glee and Gossip Girl planned in countries as far afield as Israel and China. Shows including Prison Break, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives have already had the remake treatment and […]