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NBCU unveils plans for Peacock, including launch date, originals, cost

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has pulled the curtain back on its forthcoming streaming service Peacock, revealing a raft of programming as well as both AVOD and SVOD options for subscribers. At an investor presentation at NBCU’s New York offices yesterday, NBCU said Peacock would be available as a free ad-supported service with subscription tiers, offering more than […]

NBCUniversal strikes $200m deal for ‘Family Guy’ creator Seth MacFarlane

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has struck a $200m deal with NBCUniversal (NBCU) in a move that will see him leave his long-time home at 20th Century Fox Television. MacFarlane has been with 20th Century for more than two decades and created shows such as American Dad! and The Orville, with the latter soon to […]

NBCU confirms Jeff Shell as CEO, replacing Steve Burke who will retire

Comcast-owned NBCUniversal has announced the retirement of CEO Steve Burke, with film and network TV boss Jeff Shell set to be his successor. Reports of Burke’s plans to step down emerged last week and the Peacock has now confirmed his retirement will take place at the end of his contract following the 2020 Olympics. Shell […]

Sky plots 32-acre film and TV studio at Elstree

Sky is developing a 32-acre film and TV studio at North London’s Elstree, set to bring about more than 2,000 jobs and a £3bn ($3.8bn) production investment to the UK creative sector. Sky’s new studio space, called Sky Studios Elstree, comes just months after Netflix set up shop at Shepperton Studios with a 14-stage studio […]

Carnival Films options Charles Soule’s ‘Anyone’

NBCUniversal-backed Carnival Films has picked up the rights to Charles Soule’s Anyone one month ahead of the novel’s publication. Soule, the author of The Oracle Year, is to adapt his highly anticipated novel for TV, in addition to exec producing alongside Carnival boss Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant and Joanna Strevens. The novel, which will be published […]

NBCUniversal explores making streamer Peacock free for all

  NBCUniversal is planning to give the ad-supported version of OTT TV service Peacock away for free to all, making it the first US media giant to offer a completely free streaming offering, according to a report by CNBC. Comcast had previously planned to offer the new streaming service free of charge to its own […]

NBCUniversal combines domestic, international arms as Kevin MacLellan steps down

NBCUniversal is to combine its domestic and global divisions following news that international and distribution chief Kevin MacLellan is stepping down. MacLellan was most recently chairman of NBCU Global Distribution and International, ultimately overseeing the company’s networks outside of the US and services such as streamer Hayu, as well as NBCU International Studios (NBCUIS) production […]

Sky’s Zai Bennett on ‘huge’ HBO deal, Sky Studios pipeline and Peacock collaborations

Sky’s director of programmes Zai Bennett has outlined a multi-pronged approach to commissioning involving indies, Sky Studios and Comcast siblings NBC and Peacock, but also looked to put the importance of its recent deal with HBO-owner WarnerMedia into context. In a far-reaching discussion at TBI’s inaugural Masterclass event yesterday, Bennett described the extended deal for […]

NBCU consolidates production under Bonnie Hammer, names Peacock chief

NBCUniversal has moved its TV studios, Universal Television and Universal Content Productions into a single business unit under Bonnie Hammer, with Comcast executive Matt Strauss appointed to oversee new on-demand service Peacock. Hammer, NBCUniversal’s chairman of direct-to-consumer and digital enterprises, will assume the new title of chairman, NBCUniversal Content Studios, reporting directly to CEO Steve […]

Sky Vision formally shuttered after NBCUniversal transfer

Distributor and producer Sky Vision has formally ended operations following its parent company’s acquisition by Comcast-backed NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal (NBCU) Global Distribution has incorporated Sky Vision’s sales arm while its deficit funding and production interests, which include Bake Off creator Love Productions, have been moved to the recently formed Sky Studios. The changes, which were first […]

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