Blumhouse hires from NBCU, eOne for production & development

Blumhouse Television has added five new positions to grow its production, development and business affairs teams, including execs from NBCU and eOne. For production, Blumhouse has hired eOne’s senior VP for film, television and digital entertainment, Lisa Niedenthal. The Sharp Object’s producer will serve at Blumhouse as executive VP of production. Niedenthal will oversee productions […]

NBCU launches rewards-based streamer WatchBack

NBCUniversal has launched a streaming app that gives consumers perks for watching shows on its platform. The app, named WatchBack, was launched in the US on Friday. It creates a personalised experience for users and rewards viewers by giving them the opportunity to win prizes. WatchBack will include content from NBCU and its partners, as […]

NBCU eyes streaming service that pays users to watch

Comcast’s NBCUniversal is considering a new approach to streaming services, where it would launch a service that ‘pays’ users to watch, according to reports. Tentatively titled Watch Back, the service would feature episodes of TV shows from NBCU channels NBC, USA and Bravo as well as those from outside websites, according to a report by […]

Silberwasser to depart NBCU’s Telemundo

Telemundo president, Luis Silberwasser, is to depart the company after four years with the US Hispanic broadcaster. Silberwasser will stay with the company through to October 1 to help with the transition. During his tenure at Telemundo, Silberwasser helped change the programming strategy and the positioning of the network.  He bet on new genres and […]

NBCU and Matchbox back new Tony Ayres prodco

Award-winning Australian producer Tony Ayres (pictured) is launching a new production company with backing from NBCUniversal and Matchbox. Tony Ayres Productions (TAP) will HQ in Australia and aim to produce high end scripted drama and features. TAP will partner exclusively with NBCU and Matchbox to develop projects, with NBCUniversal having a first look over feature […]

NBCU formats division sells Hollywood Game Night to SVT Sweden

NBCUniversal International Formats has unveiled a deal with Swedish public broadcaster SVT for the format to Hollywood Game Night. The deal means that the show has now been adapted for several markets including France, Spain, Russia, Turkey and French Canada. Produced in-house by SVT Göteborg, the 10×60’ Swedish version (Alla för en) will air on SVT1 in September and […]

NBCU licences Real Housewives format to M-Net South Africa

NBCUniversal International Formats has licensed its Real Housewives format to leading South African broadcaster M-Net. The partnership is the thirteenth international format deal for the reality franchise. Produced by independent production company RHOSA, the 12 x 60 minute series will mark the first official version of the show across South Africa and will premiere on […]

Hulu and Telemundo expand content pact

Hulu has inked a further deal with NBCUniversal’s Telemundo to provide more Spanish-language titles for the platform. The deal, which was announced at Telemundo’s Upfronts last night, will see Hulu add 28 Spanish-language series to its catalogue. Shows include El Señor de los Cielos, Señora Acero, Alguien Te Mira, La Casa de al Lado, Perro Amor, The Riveras and I Love […]

NBCU & Google partner for VR content

NBCUniversal has teamed up with Google to produce virtual reality (VR) content across networks and shows. The companies will collaborate on at least 10 multi-episode VR productions that will allow fans to get closer to the shows by placing them inside the scenes and allowing them to look around. As part of this partnership, Bravo […]

NBCU has ‘best US skinny bundle’ networks

NBCUniversal networks were the group of channels that most US viewers would choose if they had to select package of five channels groups for a ‘skinny TV plan’, according to The Diffusion Group. The research firm found that the ‘big-four’ broadcast network groups occupied the top five slots when viewers were asked which they would […]

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