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TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from Edinburgh TV Festival 2021

The 2021 Edinburgh TV Festival again made headlines this week, with US-based streamers using the online event to highlight their European intentions, while the ongoing debate over the future of Channel 4 provided plenty of fodder for conversations of a more domestic nature. Among the most noteworthy commissions to be revealed was Nautilus for Disney+, […]

Peacock alum Bill McGoldrick & Starz SVP Juan Alfonso land at Chernin

US prodco Chernin Entertainment has bolstered its leadership team by hiring two senior execs, including the former head of originals at US streamer Peacock. Bill McGoldrick becomes EVP of film & TV at Chernin and joins nine months after his departure from NBCU was announced, following entertainment chief Susan Rovner’s overhaul of its entertainment division. […]

Ed TV Festival: Disney+ dives into Jules Verne; NBCU’s co-pro plans; Jack Thorne blasts disability failings

Disney+ has unveiled Nautilus, its latest UK-based scripted series, while NBCUniversal revealed its global co-pro plans and Jack Thorne has blasted the industry’s lack of disability representation, as the 2021 Edinburgh TV Festival got underway yesterday. Speaking on a panel session at this year’s hybrid event, Disney EMEA execs Liam Keelan, VP of original content, […]

Peacock seeks home run in ‘Field Of Dreams’ series

NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has ordered a new series based on the feature film Field Of Dreams. Produced by Universal Television, the series will be written and executive produced by Michael Schur, while Lawrence Gordon, David Miner and Morgan Sackett will also exec produce. Universal Pictures’ original 1989 film stars Kevin Costner as an Iowa farmer […]

NBCU’s Telemundo appoints chief for new Hispanic streaming division

NBCUniversal (NBCU)-owned Telemundo Enterprises has launched a new Hispanic streaming arm, which will focus exclusively on creating IP for NBCU’s streamer Peacock and sibling OTT services. The freshly minted NBCU Telemundo Hispanic Streaming division will be responsible for developing a slate of shows, with more than 50 projects already in the works. Romina Rosado, who […]

NBCU’s Peacock to land on Sky in Europe, marking first international expansion

NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s streaming service Peacock will come to Sky customers in Europe later this year, marking the first international expansion for the US streamer that launched in mid-2020. The deal between the two Comcast-owned companies followed news that Peacock had amassed 54 million sign-ups since launch and 20 million monthly active users for the quarter. […]

Peacock preps Endemol Shine period dating show ‘Pride & Prejudice’

NBCUniversal streamer Peacock has ordered a new dating format from Endemol Shine North America (ESNA) that takes participants to the Regency era. Pride & Prejudice: An Experiment In Romance will see contestants transported to Regency-style England, where a group of eligible suitors will attempt “to win the heart of the heroine and her court.” The […]

NBC cancels ‘Good Girls’ as potential Netflix deal scuppered

US broadcaster NBC has cancelled Christina Hendricks-starring drama Good Girls after moves to save the show failed. The series, which also starred Retta and Mae Whitman, was produced by NBC sibling Universal Television and had been initially part-funded via a global deal with Netflix that saw the show branded as an ‘original’. The streamer took […]

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