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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 […]

NBCU rejigs lifestyle networks out of US

NBCUniversal is consolidating operations for cable channel E! under Bravo and Oxygen in a major restructure of its Lifestyle Networks group. Around 45 jobs are expected to be affected by the latest round of lay-offs, which sees the departures of Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP of development and production at E!, and Jerry Leo, EVP of programme […]

NBCU’s new streamer Peacock pulls back Netflix shows, unveils originals

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has ordered a raft of new shows and snatched back rights to Amy Poehler comedy Parks And Recreation from Netflix for its new streaming service, which it has named and said will launch in April. Peacock will offer 15,000 hours of programming, with Parks And Recreation set to become available from October 2020 […]

NBCUniversal’s scripted team for streamer revealed

Further details of the management team overseeing NBCUniversal’s soon-to-launch streaming service have emerged, including the exec heading up its scripted line-up. Bill McGoldrick, president of scripted at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and president of unscripted at NBCU channels USA Network and Syfy, has had his remit expanded to include oversight of scripted for the streaming service, […]

NBCUniversal veteran Adam Stotsky to step down as E! president

Veteran NBCUniversal exec Adam Stotsky is stepping down as president of US network E! after almost 20 years with the company. Stotsky has headed up E! for three years but will step down at the end of the month, with his remit being passed in the interim to Frances Berwick, who oversees NBCU Cable Entertainment’s […]

Comcast to power NBCU’s streamer with acquisitions

NBCUniversal’s CEO Steve Burke has revealed further details around its forthcoming streamer, which will launch in April 2020 and be predominantly powered by acquired programming. Last month, NBCU said the yet-to-launch service would become home to the US version of The Office (pictured) in America, after it grappled rights back from Netflix following an auction […]

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