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NBC Universal poaches BBC Worldwide deputy CEO

The international production arm of Hollywood studio NBCUniversal has hired Sarah Cooper as COO. She joins from BBC Worldwide where she was COO and deputy CEO. In the newly-created role of COO, Cooper will report to Michael Edelstein, president, NBCUniversal International Television Production. She starts on March 11. Based in London, Cooper will have day-to-day […]

NBC Universal talks to OTT providers about channel packages

US content provider NBC Universal is in talks with a number of internet video services to provide a full line-up of programming akin to the packages currently provided for pay TV service providers. Cable giant Comcast revealed in a compliance report, required as a condition of its acquisition of NBCUniversal, that it had received and […]

Syfy’s game-based series to get UK outing

Defiance, Syfy’s online computer game and TV series crossover, will be shown in the UK 24 hours after its US launch next month. NBC Universal-backed pay TV channel Syfy and games publisher Trion Worlds are making Defiance, which they claim marks a first-of-its-kind convergence between the TV and online gaming sectors. The launch of the […]

Lifetime ups Chessler, hires Hardy

US cable network Lifetime has promoted one its key programming executives, Kimberly Chessler and hired another, Paul Hardy. Both will have the title of vice president, reality programming. Chessler joined Lifetime in 2010 after over a decade at NBC Universal’s female-skewing net Oxygen. She has worked on unscripted series including Dance Moms and Abby’s Ultimate […]

Miramax ups Beth Minehart and Joe Patrick

Independent US studio Miramax has promoted two of its executives, Beth Minehart and Joe Patrick. Patrick has been upped to executive VP, worldwide television. He joined Miramax from MGM in March 2011 as senior VP, head of domestic television & digital sales, and was named head of worldwide sales for Miramax in September 2011. Minehart […]

Sky Deutschland expands partnership with NBCUniversal

Sky Deutschland has extended its distribution partnership with NBC Universal in a deal that will see the launch of Syfy HD and Universal 13th Street HD on its network from January 17. NBC Universal has also extended its existing output deal with Sky for the distribution of subscription pay TV and video-on-demand rights to movie […]

Hulu CEO Kilar to leave this quarter

Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and chief technologyofficer Rich Tom are to leave the US online TV company during the first quarter. In a blog posting on Hulu’s site, Kilar said he and Tom would leave at roughly the same time, and that he was working with the Hulu board to ensure a smooth transition. Kilar […]

C More snags Miramax programming deal

Nordic pay TV platform C More has inked a content deal with Miramax. The agreement gives the pay TV service a raft of Miramax movie titles including There Will Be Blood, The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, Chicago, Jackie Brown, The Hours and Scream. C More can show the movies on its linear channels as well […]

Hollywood Studio formats

Plans are underway to make some of the most iconic US shows ever for local broadcasters with international versions of 24, Breaking Bad, ER, Glee and Gossip Girl planned in countries as far afield as Israel and China. Shows including Prison Break, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives have already had the remake treatment and […]

Fox inks programming deal with C More

Nordic pay TV platform C More has inked a programming deal with Fox. The agreement gives the pay TV group rights to the Hollywood Studio’s movies in the first pay TV window. It covers linear TV and also allows C More to stream Fox movies on its online subscription VOD service C More Play. C […]