NBCU plumps up Peacock with non-exclusive ViacomCBS programming

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has picked up a raft of ViacomCBS movies and TV shows for its soon-to-launch streamer Peacock. The service will launch on 15 July in the US with a free tier offering more than 7,500 hours of content, an ad-supported premium tier with 15,000 hours of content (including live sports such as the English […]

Corus, NBCU’s Peacock strike exclusive deal for originals

Corus Entertainment in Canada has struck a far-reaching deal that will sees it taking rights to originals from NBCUniversal’s new streamer Peacock, including the adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s classic novel Brave New World. The exclusive deal includes new Peacock shows including Girls5Eva from executive producer Tina Fey, podcast-inspired Dr. Death and Brave New World, starring […]

NBCUniversal revives ’30 Rock’ for one-time promo special

NBCUniversal is bringing back its satirical comedy 30 Rock next month after seven years, for a “one-time”, remotely-produced upfront special that will also serve to promote its programming. Produced by Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television and NBCUniversal Creative Partnerships, the special will feature the return of show stars including Tina […]

Spain’s Movistar+ links with Telemundo in US for ‘Dime Quién Soy’

Banijay Group-owned Spanish prodco DLO Producciones, Telefónica-owned SVOD service Movistar+ and NBCUniversal’s broadcaster Telemundo are collaborating on an adaptation of Julia Navarro’s novel Dime Quién Soy (Tell Me Who I Am).  The 9 x 50-minute original scripted series will be released this autumn and will air on Movistar+ in Spain and Telemundo in the US. […]

Comcast to spend $100m to tackle racism, drive ‘meaningful change’

Comcast has said it will spend $100m to fight inequality as part of a multiyear program, which will also see its European pay operator Sky launch a series of initiatives to tackle racism. Brian Roberts, Comcast CEO, said $75m in cash would be available to create programs that will “drive meaningful change” in addition to […]

UK host Richard Bacon strikes overall deal with NBCU’s Universal Television

UK-based TV and radio host Richard Bacon, who also created US gameshow format The Hustler, has signed an overall producing deal with NBCUniversal (NBCU). The agreement with NBCU’s Universal Television Alternative Studio and Universal Television will see Bacon create IP for international audiences. Bacon hosts a daily current affairs and interview show on BBC Radio […]

Peacock confirms ‘Brave New World’ will be available for US launch

NBCUniversal’s new streaming service Peacock has confirmed the originals line-up for its launch to all viewers in the US later this summer, with Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World adaptation featuring. The AVOD and SVOD streamer, which became available to select customers of NBCU parent Comcast last month, said the Universal Cable Productions and Amblin Television […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Breaking down the numbers for 2019/20

2019 might seem like a different world to the Covid-19 dominated landscape we live in today, but the flurry of annual results revealed by US and European majors over recent weeks have provided an illuminating set of insights into how the content business is changing. Tim Westcott and Kia Ling Teoh, analysts at TBI sibling […]

TBI Special Report Part Two: An adapted marketplace for buyers and sellers

Streamers and broadcasters face the unenviable task of delivering fewer shows to bigger audiences with less money to spend on production and acquisition. Richard Middleton and Mark Layton explore how they are weathering this uncertain time – and the steps some are taking to keep content rolling and viewers engaged. Few sectors of the economy […]

NBCU creates new division for Peacock & TV, revamps news

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has revealed a major restructuring affecting swathes of its operations, including the creation of a new TV and streaming division to be headed up by Mark Lazarus. NBCU TV and streaming will house recently launched SVOD and AVOD service Peacock plus a vast array of networks including NBC, Telemundo, cablenets – such as […]

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