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‘Game Of Thrones’ shatters Emmy record as HBO sweeps nominations

HBO’s Game Of Thrones has shattered Emmy records to help the AT&T-owned cable channel scoop up 137 nominations, making it the most nominated outlet of the year.  The drama, which concluded its eighth and final series in May, garnered 32 nominations, the most for any show in a single season ever – beating a 25-year record held by […]

NBCU & Google partner for VR content

NBCUniversal has teamed up with Google to produce virtual reality (VR) content across networks and shows. The companies will collaborate on at least 10 multi-episode VR productions that will allow fans to get closer to the shows by placing them inside the scenes and allowing them to look around. As part of this partnership, Bravo […]

Alibaba’s Youku taking Saturday Night Live into China

A Chinese Saturday Night Live (SNL) is in the works, with Alibaba-owned online platform Youku making a local version of the long-running NBC comedy series. China’s SNL will be the flagship entertainment show in Youku’s fall/winter line-up. The format is distributed by NBCUniversal, which struck the Youku deal. It is the latest agreement for a local version […]

Sony’s Crackle preps Charlie Sheen original

Sony’s OTT service Crackle has greenlit Mad Families, a comedy film featuring troubled star Charlie Sheen as a loveable man child. The film will follow three families from different ethnic backgrounds who find themselves sharing the same space on a bank holiday camping trip and end up competing against each other in a series of […]

NBC Entertainment gives bigger role to Cheeks

NBC Entertainment has promoted George Cheeks to president, business affairs and late night programming. Cheeks (pictured) has held an executive VP role since November 2014, and will remain reporting to NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt in his expanded post. Cheeks oversees various elements of the NBC Entertainment business, including production operations for Universal Television and […]

Dan Aykroyd preps Blues Brothers toon

Dan Aykroyd and the prodco behind Fox series Bob Burgers are developing a Blues Brothers toon series. Aykroyd, one of the two leads in the cult musical comedy, is creating the animated series with Judy Belushi, widow of Jim, his co-lead in the 1980 feature film. Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts is also part […]

Tracy Morgan set for FX pilot

30 Rock star Tracy Morgan will star in a new FX Networks half-hour comedy pilot. Death Pact will follow Morgan (pictured above, left) as a formerly lazy, pot-dealing assistant high school coach that returns to his hometown a decorated war veteran with a radical self-help philosophy, which he uses on his former friends and students. […]

Hannibal Buress signs up to Comedy Central

US stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress has inked a wide-ranging development deal at Viacom-owned cable network Comedy Central. The agreement will see Buress take a recurring role in upcoming Comedy Central series Broad City, make a one-hour stand-up special for the channel and develop and executive produce an original pilot. All of the projects will be […]

Hulu unveils original series for 2013

US streaming and catch-up and service Hulu has unveiled three new original properties that it will launch this year including a coproduction with the BBC and its first original animated series. Six-part series The Wrong Mans will be a Hulu-BBC Worldwide coproduction. It will star James Corden (Gavin & Stacey) in a story of lowly […]