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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’ […]

Electus invests in former SPT exec’s prodco

US-based Electus has made a strategic investment into Hud:sun Media, a production and entertainment company fronted by former Sony Pictures Television producer Michael Rourke. The deal gives sees Electus makes unspecified investment in Hud:sun, which MDC Partners co-founded with Rourke (left) in 2010. Financial terms were not disclosed. Following the investment, Ben Silverman’s Electus will […]

Latin Media Leaders: Powwow

MOST INFLUENTIAL PRODUCTION COMPANY POWWOW LA, Miami and Buenos Aires-based producer Powwow bridges the Latin and international markets and had a standout 2012, making a new Cesar  Millan series, inking a programming pact with Telemundo and shopping a scripted format to a US broadcast network. CEO Daniel Gutman talks to TBI about the company’s stellar […]

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 […]