TBI Weekly: What comes after the streaming revolution?

Covid-19 has accelerated a swathe of trends that were already apparent across the business prior to the pandemic, none more so than the ongoing – and industry-changing – transition towards global streaming services.  However, as exec moves and organisational streamlining continues at breakneck speed, what will happen once the dust settles on the current restructuring (particularly in the […]

NBCU takes Hayu to Germany with Amazon Channels

NBCUniversal’s reality streamer Hayu has launched in Germany and Austria, where it is available on Amazon Prime Video Channels. Hayu offers shows including Keeping Up With the Kardashians and its spin-offs, along with The Real Housewives, and the Below Deck franchises. The service offers a variety of unscripted sub-genres in English language including: Home and […]

NBCU unveils TV & streaming team, Peacock originals chief McGoldrick to exit

NBCUniversal’s Susan Rovner has appointed a raft of execs to oversee content for its newly restructured entertainment operation, with Peacock’s head of originals Bill McGoldrick set to leave the company as a result. Rovner, who left Warner Bros. earlier this year to become chairman of entertainment at NBCU’s new-look TV and streaming division, has named […]

Netflix hires NBC scripted exec Tracey Pakosta as new head of comedy

Netflix has hired NBC’s co-president of scripted programming Tracey Pakosta as its new head of comedy. Reporting to global head of TV Bela Bajaria, Pakosta will have oversight of both current programming and shows in development for Netflix’s scripted comedy slate, including live action and adult animation, as well as the stand-up and comedy formats […]

Hulu’s originals chief Beatrice Springborn exits to lead NBCUniversal’s UCP

Hulu’s head of originals Beatrice Springborn is leaving the Disney-owned streamer to replace Dawn Olmstead as president at Universal Cable Productions (UCP). Springborn will oversee the entire slate at NBCUniversal-owned UCP, including Netflix drama The Umbrella Academy and forthcoming drama Joe Exotic, which is being produced for sibling streamer Peacock, cabler USA and NBC. She […]

Six reasons why 2020 has been the year of AVOD

With an unexpected global pandemic and the roll-out of direct-to-consumer streamers from the US studios dominating much of the content-related conversation this year, it’s easy to forget that 2020 had been pencilled in by many as being the break-out year for AVOD. And while considerably more might have been written about DTC and Covid-19, advertising-supported streaming […]

Erin Underhill promoted to president of Universal Television

Universal Television has appointed veteran NBCUniversal exec Erin Underhill as its president, taking over the position from Pearlena Igbokwe, following her recent promotion to chairman of the Universal Studio Group. Underhill, who joined the company in 2000, is elevated from her role as NBCUniversal’s EVP of drama development, which she has held since 2017. During […]

Blumhouse TV rejigs after tapping NBCU alum Chris McCumber as president

Blumhouse TV has appointed former USA Network & Syfy chief Chris McCumber as its president, with incumbent Jeremy Gold moving to a new role overseeing production. McCumber will oversee all areas of the company’s TV output and joins having most recently been president of entertainment networks for the cable entertainment arm of NBCUniversal, where he had […]

Anonymous Content hires UCP president Dawn Olmstead, promotes David Levine

Defending Jacob and True Detective producer Anonymous Content has hired Universal Cable Productions (UCP) president Dawn Olmstead as its new CEO, and promoted former HBO drama head David Levine. Olmstead will lead all management of the TV and film producer, with her appointment coming 18 months after the death of the prodco’s founder and CEO Steve […]

Comcast talks up Peacock’s AVOD/SVOD hybrid model as sign-ups surge

NBCUniversal’s newly launched streamer Peacock has reached 22 million sign-ups in a better-than-expected quarter for parent company Comcast. The company did not clarify how many of those 22 million users are using the streamer’s AVOD tier and how many are receiving the service as a free perk of their existing broadband or TV subscription. However, […]

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