Televisa USA hires Chris Philip

Televisa has hired international TV veteran Chris Philip to run English-language production and distribution at its US division. Philip joins from  Sierra/Engine Television, the producer/distributor that he cofounded. He will remain CEO of Engine Entertainment, which he founded before partnering with Sierra. The deal to bring Philip to Televisa sees the Mexican media giant take first-look […]

Gene Simmons to rock the Coliseum

Rock music and reality TV star Gene Simmons will be in Cannes to launch a new format, Coliseum. The music competition show was created by Simmons and Chris Philip, the boss of producer and distributor Sierra/Engine, which will launch the show in Cannes. In each installment of the show, music acts will battle to show […]

Broadcasters prebuy ABC’s Black Box

Broadcasters in Europe and Israel have acquired ABC’s upcoming medical procedural The Black Box. RTL in the Netherlands, VMMA in Belgium, Zon Lusomundo in Portugal, DBS in Israel and Blue Sky Media in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia/CIS, Greece and Cyprus have all acquired the show, which bows on ABC in the States on April […]

Reality round the clock

NBC’s large scale live event gameshow Million Second Quiz has ended after nearly 12 days of continuous competition and handing out the biggest prize in network history. But what does the show say about the future of the future of primetime reality shows? Jesse Whittock reports. Stephen Lambert’s London-based development team first conceived NBC’s Million […]

Sierra/Engine selling brainy new ABC drama The Black Box

Distributor Sierra/Engine will sell The Black Box, the straight-to-series midseason drama just ordered by ABC, internationally. The US broadcast net has given the drama a thirteen-episode order and it will launch in 2014. It follows a world famous neuroscientist as she delves into the mysteries of the brain while dealing with her own family and […]

NBC acquires Sierra/Engine drama Siberia

NBC has acquired one hour drama series Siberia. The series comes from Sierra/Engine and Oscar-nominated movie producer Michael Ohoven’s Infinity as revealed by TBI in March. The series follows a group of contestants who think they are taking part in a Survivor-esque reality show in the Siberian wilderness, but soon realise something more sinister is […]

Sierra/Engine making series for Electus’ NuevOn

Producer and distributor Sierra/Engine is making an animated show with Latino star Don Cheto for NuevOn, the US Hispanic-focused YouTube channel run by Ben Silverman’s Electus. Don Cheto will be produced by Sierra/Engine with Pixo Entertainment. It will feature an animated version of the eponymous presenter. This project is the second series Sierra/Engine CEO Chris […]

Sierra/Engine teams with Capote producer for Siberia

Sierra/Engine is teaming with Oscar-nominated movie producer Michael Ohoven for Siberia, a thirteen-part drama series, TBI can reveal. Producer and distributor Sierra/Engine will make the series with Capote producer Ohoven and his film and TV production business Infinity. The series follows a group of contestants who think they are taking part in a Survivor-esque reality […]

Sierra/Engine takes Ghostbreakers rights

Producer and distributor Sierra/Engine has taken international rights to paranormal reality series Ghostbreakers. The show stars Joey Greco (Cheaters) as he leads a team of specialists taking calls from people in conflict with supernatural forces. Created by Gabriel Horn and Benjamin Wilbanks, the series is produced by New Palace Films and Slow Children at Play. […]

The X-Files creator Chris Carter to debut new mystery series The After at MIPCOM

Chris Carter, the creator of The X-Files, has a new sci-fi suspense series The After that will be launched at MIPCOM. The show will be made with Georgeville TV, the production company set up by Marc Rosen (Harry Potter, Threshold). “This is going to be a fantastic ride – one that only he could conceive […]