News round-up: NBCU’s Hayu expands across CEE; Stan links with Lionsgate; Media Ranch deals

NBCU’s Hayu expands across CEE NBCUniversal (NBCU) is to roll its reality-focused streaming service Hayu into multiple Central and Eastern European countries in Q4. The service will offer over 300 shows and 9,000 episodes of reality TV content including The Real Housewives, Below Deck and Million Dollar Listing franchises. Home and design, dating, cooking, crime and fashion […]

Veteran NBCUniversal unscripted exec steps down, shifts to consulting role

NBCUniversal’s EVP of unscripted current production, Shari Levine, is stepping down from her position. The veteran New York-based exec will continue to work with the company in a non-exclusive consulting capacity. As a result of her exit, Noah Samton will expand his remit to become the new head of East Coast for unscripted lifestyle current […]

US media giants pledge $4m for underrepresented talent

A coalition of media companies, including Amazon Studios, Disney, Fox, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, Paramount, and Warner Bros. Discovery have signed on as founding partners of a fund designed to help people from underrepresented backgrounds pursue careers in TV and film. The Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet Fund was established by industry professionals including Hollywood […]

Former NBCU formats boss joins Estrella Media as chief content officer

LA-based Spanish-language firm Estrella Media has appointed former NBCUniversal formats boss Enrique Guillen as chief content officer. In his new role, he will report to CEO Peter Markham, and will oversee the US domestic and global content strategy for Estrella Media’s TV, streaming, digital, audio, events, and digital businesses. This includes developing, producing, and acquiring […]

Hulu ends ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ with sixth season, preps spin-off ‘The Testaments’

Hulu is bringing the curtain down on The Handmaid’s Tale, with a spin-off in the works from showrunner Bruce Miller. The show’s sixth season has been greenlit ahead of the season five premiere, which will debut on the Disney and NBCUniversal-owned streamer fox 14 September. Amazon-owned MGM Television produces and sells globally, with Elisabeth Moss and Bradley […]

NBCU’s ‘Top Chef’ returns to Thailand via Channel 7

Thailand’s Channel 7 has ordered a local version of NBCUniversal Formats’ Top Chef. The show will be produced by Heliconia H Group in association with Universal International Studios, with a 15-part local series airing every Sunday. The format had previously been sold to One31 in Thailand, which also ordered a local remake of spin-off, Top […]

Peacock taps into 1980s ‘Satanic Panic’ trend with ‘Hysteria!’ drama

NBCUniversal (NBCU) streamer Peacock has ordered a coming-of-age thriller that claims to explore American’s dark history of mass hysteria through the shocking story of the teenage Satanic Panic. Hysteria! is from executive producers and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Dungeons & Dragons), along with Chris Bender and Jake Weiner for US banner Good […]

NBCU unscripted boss Jenny Groom exits

NBCUniversal’s veteran unscripted chief Jenny Groom is exiting the company as part of a shake up of its factual ranks. Groom, who is the company’s EVP of unscripted entertainment content, has been at the US broadcast giant for close to 20 years, starting out on NBC’s page program and rising through the ranks. During her […]

News round-up: WBTVG cuts Pine Tree deal; Telemundo Studios opens in Mexico; India’s OTTplay lands int’l streamers

WBTVG cuts Pine Tree deal Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) has signed a multi-year first-look deal with The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Chris Sanagustin’s Pine Tree Entertainment. The prodco will develop new scripted programming, including dramas, multi- and single-camera comedies and genre series for all platforms, including Warner Bros. Discovery’s HBO Max. […]

SkyShowtime names NBCU alum as general manager for Iberia

Pan-European streamer SkyShowtime has made its latest senior exec addition, this time naming the service’s regional general manager for Iberia. Raquel Berzosa joins the Paramount+ and Comcast-backed streamer having most recently been VP of affiliate sales & country lead for Comcast sibling NBCUniversal (NBCU) in Iberia. Prior to that, she had been a director of affiliate sales […]

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