Peacock orders Rian Johnson mystery series TV debut; starring Natasha Lyonne

NBCUniversal streamer Peacock has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Poker Face, the first TV series project from Knives Out director Rian Johnson. Johnson’s T-Street and MRC Television will produce the hour-long mystery series, with Russian Doll star Natasha Lyonne to head the cast. Johnson will serve as creator, writer and director of the original […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Breaking down US studios’ moves into streaming

Omdia’s senior research manager Tim Westcott reflects on the transformative moves into DTC streaming by US studios and explores where the market is moving next. All of the major studios – bar Sony which does not have one – have launched DTC services in the US and are targeting international roll-outs in 2021. These moves followed years […]

Peacock leaps on Eureka-spawned ‘Frogger’ competition format

NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has handed a 13-episode series order to a new physical competition series based on the 1980s video game Frogger. The show, based on the Konami-owned IP, is being produced by Eureka Productions in partnership with Konami Cross Media NY, Inc. Chris Culvenor, creator of the format, and Paul Franklin will executive produce […]

NBCU’s Peacock expands unscripted, adds BBCS format & moves into true crime

NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s streamer Peacock is expanding its unscripted slate and moving into original true crime programming after revealing a raft of new shows for the service, including a relationship format from BBC Studios (BBCS). Ex Rated is hosted by Andy Cohen and explores the trend of adult singles who send ‘exit surveys’ to their previous romantic partners to learn why […]

NBCU’s layoffs continue as Susan Rovner’s entertainment team revealed

NBCUniversal’s Susan Rovner has made a raft of appointments to her new-look entertainment team, with 50 layoffs coming as a result of merging its TV and streaming divisions. Rovner left Warner Bros. to become chairman of entertainment at NBCU last year, subsequently appointing Lisa Katz to become president of scripted. Rod Aissa and Jenny Groom were named as unscripted presidents […]

TBI Weekly: Why Disney’s ‘Modern Family’ deal matters

The narrative around the US studios’ direct-to-consumer strategies tends to focus on rights retention and vertical integration. Disney’s recent deal to share Modern Family with NBCUniversal’s streamer Peacock highlights that things are not as straight-forward as they may seem, writes Richard Middleton.  Following years of discussion about the growing might of Netflix, the unravelling of the traditional US studio model […]

NBCU’s Mark Lazarus says ‘aggressive’ overhaul will strengthen creative firepower

NBCUniversal Television & Streaming chairman Mark Lazarus has admitted the recent overhaul of its content operations was an “aggressive move” but said it will should provide greater budget firepower and make life easier for producers. Lazarus, who was talking on the first day of NATPE Virtual Miami, introduced a wholesale revamp of NBCU’s operations to […]

NBCUniversal’s Peacock to exceed 50 million subscribers by 2024, report predicts

NBCUniversal’s hybrid streaming service Peacock will exceed 50 million subscribers by 2024, according to a new report. The AVOD and SVOD streamer will hit 52.1 million subs in 2024, according to analysts at global bank Macquarie, with revenues of $1.96bn. In the immediate future, the report expects Peacock to hit $604m in revenue this year – up from […]

Telemundo hires former ViacomCBS streaming chief as part of global push

NBCUniversal-owned Telemundo Enterprises has hired ViacomCBS International’s former streaming chief Ezequiel Fonseca Zas and A+E Networks’ Malu Carmona-Botana to expand its global distribution activities. Fonseca Zas takes the newly created role of SVP of revenue strategy & distribution, while Carmona-Botana becomes VP of content monetisation. Both will be based in Miami, with Carmona-Botana reporting into […]

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