TBI Tech & Analysis: Could Peacock & Paramount+ combine?

A week on from AT&T’s seismic decision to spin off WarnerMedia with Discovery, TBI explores the ramifications of the deal on other major industry players. Combining WarnerMedia with Discovery will create a content behemoth designed to rival the biggest streaming companies out there – namely Netflix and Disney. The roots of the deal lie in […]

NBCU’s Telemundo Global Studios names streaming chief

NBCUniversal’s Telemundo Global Studios has named Juan Ponce to lead its recently launched streaming-focused division. Ponce becomes SVP & general manager at Telemundo Streaming Studios, which is focused on programming for Latino streaming audiences in the US and around the world. He will continue to report to Marcos Santana, president of Telemundo Global Studios, and will […]

Peacock to adapt ‘Vampire Academy’ novels with ‘Vampire Diaries’ exec Julie Plec

NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has ordered Vampire Academy, a young adult series adapted from the paranormal romance novels by Richelle Mead. The 10-episode series is being produced by Universal Television, with Julie Plec and longtime collaborator Marguerite MacIntyre co-writing, co-showrunning and exec producing, alongside Emily Cummins, Don Murphy, Susan Montford, Deepak Nayer and Jillian DeFrehn. Plec, […]

NBCU Upfront: Fallon extends ‘Tonight Show’ & hosts ‘Password’ reboot; Snoop Dogg boards two projects

Comcast-owned NBCUniversal announced several new commissions at its recent Upfront event, including a Password reboot and two unscripted projects with rapper Snoop Dogg. Susan Rovner, chairman of entertainment content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, revealed the reboot of the 1960s game show Password from Fremantle, during the Upfront. The new version will be presented by […]

NBCUniversal unveils huge originals slate for cable and streaming

NBCUniversal has unveiled a wide-ranging new slate, with dozens of new titles and recommissions announced for its cable portfolio, alongside a rapidly-expanding unscripted offering on streaming service Peacock. Following a slew of other unscripted commissions this week, Peacock has ordered four more shows, including spin-offs for some of its existing titles. The streamer will now […]

Sky Studios names YouTube EMEA chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz as CEO

European media giant Sky has appointed the head of YouTube in EMEA and former Fremantle chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz as CEO of Sky Studios. Frot-Coutaz, who replaces current CEO Gary Davey, will oversee the funding, development, production and commissioning teams for scripted Sky originals and take charge of Sky Studios’ global portfolio of production companies. These […]

Netflix & Universal appoint IP acquisition execs as creative battle intensifies

Netflix and Universal Content Productions (UCP) have both made key appointments as the battle to acquire IP to adapt intensifies. The world’s biggest streamer has hired Jordan Moblo from Disney as its director of literary scouting, reporting into VP of creative services Brian Pearson. He will look to acquire rights to novels for adaptation and […]

NBCU’s Peacock snags nine million subs, explores int’l expansion

NBCUniversal (NBCU) streamer Peacock added nine million subscribers in the first quarter of the year and is exploring international expansion. The Comcast-owned company attributed the growth to the addition of iconic US sitcom The Office as a Peacock exclusive, along with the deal to acquire the WWE Network in a deal worth a reported $1bn. […]

Peacock & C4 join up for cyber drama from ‘Wolf Hall’ team

NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has linked up with Channel 4 in the UK on a six-part thriller from Peter Kosminsky (Wolf Hall). The Undeclared War is being directed and co-written by Kosminsky, who will reunite with Wolf Hall producer Colin Callender and his production company Playground on the drama. Playground will co-produce with NBCUniversal International Studios, with […]