Oxygen bolsters true crime with slew of new series and renewals

US cablenet Oxygen has commissioned five new shows and made a slew of renewals to bolster its true crime slate. Among the new series heading to the network is Black Widow Murders, from Catalina Content and Lark Productions, which explores the stories of women who have lured their victims to gruesome deaths. The series will […]

Asylum’s Content Group hires NBCU duo for production & partnerships

Asylum Entertainment Group-owned The Content Group (TCG) has hired two NBCUniversal (NBCU) execs to lead its production and partnerships. The Sins Of The Amish producer has named Shanon Smith as SVP of production, while Sandra Young becomes VP of current production & partnerships. Smith has worked in TV for more than two decades and will lead […]

NBCU unveils TV & streaming team, Peacock originals chief McGoldrick to exit

NBCUniversal’s Susan Rovner has appointed a raft of execs to oversee content for its newly restructured entertainment operation, with Peacock’s head of originals Bill McGoldrick set to leave the company as a result. Rovner, who left Warner Bros. earlier this year to become chairman of entertainment at NBCU’s new-look TV and streaming division, has named […]

Amazon fares badly in NPACT factual survey

Amazon’s approach to factual commissioning is leaving plenty much to be desired, according to a new survey from non-fiction body NPACT. The SVOD service fared badly in various sections of the survey, as Apple, Netflix, YouTube Red and traditional networks such as Smithsonian Channel and Oxygen were positively received. Amazon was considered to have the […]

Transgender reality modelling series set for cable

Whoopi Goldberg is exec producing Strut, a reality series set within a agency for transgender models. The show is for NBCUniversal’s US cable net Oxygen and will be produced by Goldberg’s One Hoe and Red Arrow Entertainment-controlled 44 Blue. It will follow five transgender models – Laith De La Cruz, Dominique Jackson, Isis King, Ren […]

McCumber rises as NBCU rejigs entertainment

NBCUniversal is shaking up its entertainment networks division, with USA Networks president Chris McCumber heading up a new-look unit. McCumber will be president of NBCU Entertainment Networks, a group comprising USA, Syfy, Chiller and Cloo. Syfy president Dave Howe is being moved to a new post as president, strategy and commercial growth at NBCU Cable […]

Tom Forman – why you need me if you want to crack the US

The meeting always goes the same way. On one side, you’ve got me and my development exec. On the other, a smart producer from Spain. Or Israel. Or Timbuktu. We’re knee-to-knee in the Majestic lobby. Or camped at a table at the Carlton. If it’s after lunch, we’ve ordered wine. If it’s earlier, we’re pretending […]

Spain’s drama producers look to go global

Spain’s crisis has forced TV producers to seek international business. Local fiction continues to dominate Spanish primetime, but the dramatic fall in investment in TV advertising has obliged broadcasters to cut their budgets for originals. Creating virtue out of necessity, an increasing number of drama producers are looking beyond Spanish border and beginning to reap […]

Power Play: why celebs are becoming execs

As the global media superpowers march into ever more sectors, A-list actors, musicians, fashion gurus and novelists are taking control of television projects. Jesse Whittock reports on the rise of the celebrity superproducer. In the past, the glamorous worlds of film, sport, pop music and fashion looked down their noses at TV from behind the […]

Pastors deliver sermon for Oxygen

US cable channel Oxygen has commissioned a documentary series featuring larger-than-life religious pastors in LA. Pastors of LA (WT) will premiere in the fall, with Oxygen Media, L Plummer Media and Releve Entertainment’s Holly Carter coproducing. Carter, Lemeul Plummer and Chris Costine executive produce the series. It will follow six religious leaders – or ‘mega-pastors’ […]