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Sony replaces LA Screenings with ‘virtual & on-demand’ event

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has unveiled plans to create a digital screening experience for clients around the globe as an alternative to the studio’s traditional LA Screenings. SPT – along with Disney, NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS and Warner Bros. – cancelled this year’s edition of the annual US sales event earlier this month as the Covid-19 pandemic […]

‘Inside The Ambulance’ prodco Brown Bob expands with new US office

UK-based Brown Bob Productions has launched its first US office and appointed a former NBCUniversal producer to expand its operations. Brown Bob US aims “to replicate Brown Bob Productions’ UK success in creating high volume, cost-effective and returnable factual series for US audiences.” Gillian Hourihan has been appointed as development producer at the new US […]

NBCUniversal strikes ‘nine figure’ deal with ‘Law & Order’ creator Dick Wolf

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has struck a reported ‘nine-figure deal’ to retain the services of Law & Order creator Dick Wolf. The five-year agreement will see Wolf and his Wolf Entertainment banner remaining with NBCU’s studio Universal Television, with the deal spanning both broadcast and streaming. Wolf has been with Universal – now part of NBCU Content […]

Comcast expands AVOD battleground with Xumo acquisition

NBCUniversal parent Comcast has made its latest move in the fast-growing AVOD battleground by acquiring US-based service Xumo. The ad-supported streamer was acquired from electronics manufacturer Panasonic and US media giant Meredith Corp for an undisclosed sum, with Comcast-owned CNBC claiming that its parent company had paid around $100m. Xumo offers ad-supported live and on-demand […]

UK Screenings: NBCUniversal

NBCUniversal’s UK Screenings slate reflects the rising demand for local scripted product but reality is returning to become a key revenue driver, says format sales and production chief Ana Langenberg Surging interest in drama might be continuing unabated but for Ana Langenberg, SVP of format sales and production at NBCUniversal Formats, it is domestic content […]

NATPE briefs: Spain’s Mediapro Studio links with Erik Barmack’s prodco; ‘Top Chef’ to return to Brazil and Panama

Spain’s Mediapro Studio links with Erik Barmack’s prodco The Mediapro Studio has agreed a development and distribution deal with Erik Barmack’s prodco Wild Sheep Content. Barmack, the former Netflix international production exec who left the streamer in 2019, is currently working on shows including a French-language version of Stephen King’s The Plant, Scandi crime series […]

NBCU unveils plans for Peacock, including launch date, originals, cost

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has pulled the curtain back on its forthcoming streaming service Peacock, revealing a raft of programming as well as both AVOD and SVOD options for subscribers. At an investor presentation at NBCU’s New York offices yesterday, NBCU said Peacock would be available as a free ad-supported service with subscription tiers, offering more than […]

NBCUniversal strikes $200m deal for ‘Family Guy’ creator Seth MacFarlane

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has struck a $200m deal with NBCUniversal (NBCU) in a move that will see him leave his long-time home at 20th Century Fox Television. MacFarlane has been with 20th Century for more than two decades and created shows such as American Dad! and The Orville, with the latter soon to […]

NBCU confirms Jeff Shell as CEO, replacing Steve Burke who will retire

Comcast-owned NBCUniversal has announced the retirement of CEO Steve Burke, with film and network TV boss Jeff Shell set to be his successor. Reports of Burke’s plans to step down emerged last week and the Peacock has now confirmed his retirement will take place at the end of his contract following the 2020 Olympics. Shell […]

Sky plots 32-acre film and TV studio at Elstree

Sky is developing a 32-acre film and TV studio at North London’s Elstree, set to bring about more than 2,000 jobs and a £3bn ($3.8bn) production investment to the UK creative sector. Sky’s new studio space, called Sky Studios Elstree, comes just months after Netflix set up shop at Shepperton Studios with a 14-stage studio […]

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