NBCU & CBS Studios pause producer deals with talent incl Dwayne Johnson & Lorne Michael

NBCUniversal and CBS Studios have become the latest US majors to pause overall and first-look deals with talent, as the US writers strike nears its fifth month. NBCU’s Universal Studio Group, which houses Universal Television, Universal Content Productions and Universal Pictures, has suspended deals with its non-writing producers on strike, with Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks […]

Disney & Comcast set Hulu talks for 30 September with $27.5bn valuation set to rise

Hulu’s future could be decided sooner than had been previously thought, after Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said talks with Disney are due to begin 20 September. The sale of Hulu has been a constant source of discussion over the past year in the US, with Disney owning 66% of The Handmaid’s Tale streamer and NBCUniversal […]

NBCU ups Mark Marshall to lead global ads & partnerships following Yaccarino’s move to X

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has upped veteran sales executive Mark Marshall to oversee advertising and partnerships around the world, following the abrupt exit of his former boss Linda Yaccarino to Twitter (now X). He becomes chairman of global advertising & partnerships at NBCU and reports into NBCU Media Group’s chairman, Mark Lazarus. Marshall has served as interim […]

Peacock loses $651m as Comcast reports profitable Q2

Comcast, the owner of NBCUniversal in the US and European pay-TV giant Sky, has exceeded Wall Street revenue expectations overall, but streaming growth is slow, despite huge revenue gains, as it reported its Q2 earnings. NBCUniversal’s US streaming service Peacock, home to originals such as Poker Face and Dr Death, now has 24 million subscribers, […]

NBCU’s Susan Rovner exits as Donna Langley handed TV remit amid exec overhaul

NBCUniversal (NBCU) entertainment chief Susan Rovner is leaving the company following an overhaul of its senior exec ranks by Comcast chief Mike Cavanagh. Rovner, who joined from Warner Bros. in 2020, was chairman of entertainment for NBCU’s TV and streaming division but is handing her remit to Donna Langley. Langley was previously chairman of Universal […]

NBCU’s EVP of unscripted Rod Aissa departs after more than a decade

NBCUniversal’s Rod Aissa, who oversaw unscripted for the company’s networks and Peacock, is stepping down after more than a decade. Aissa was most recently EVP of unscripted content at NBCU Television and Streaming, leading on shows for flagship NBC, as well as E!, Bravo, Oxygen, USA, Syfy, Universal Kids and Peacock. He is being replaced […]

NBCU & JioCinema deal brings ‘Young Rock’ & ‘Bel-Air’ to India

Reliance-owned Indian broadcaster Viacom18 is continuing to expand its US content offering, after striking a deal with NBCUniversal to add thousands of hours of TV and film content to its JioCinema streaming service. The new programming will live in a Peacock branded hub starting next month on JioCinema’s newly announced JioCinema Premium SVOD tier. NBCUniversal […]

NBCU fired Jeff Shell for sexual harassment, outgoing CEO will not receive severance pay

NBCUniversal owner Comcast confirmed on Monday that it had fired CEO Jeff Shell for sexual harassment, meaning the veteran exec will not receive a severance package. Comcast shocked the industry on Sunday by revealing that Shell had left NBCU after two decades with the company, following an investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct. Shell, who is […]

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