Star Trek

History Channel orders eight-part ‘Star Trek’ docuseries

History Channel has ordered The Center Seat: 55 Years Of Star Trek, a limited docuseries from US-based prodco The Nacelle Company exploring the iconic sci-fi franchise. The eight-episode series has been created by Nacelle founder and CEO Brian Volk-Weiss and is described as the ultimate deep dive into the world of Star Trek. Ian Roumain […]

New ‘Star Trek’ series voyages to Canada with Bell

Bell Media has acquired Canadian rights from CBS Studios International to the new Star Trek series focusing on Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard character. News of the Canadian deal follows an announcement earlier this week that Amazon has taken international rights to the show in more than 200 territories outside the US and Canada. The new, […]

Show of the week: For the Love of Spock

After Leonard Nimoy’s passing in 2015, his son, director Adam Nimoy (Gilmore Girls), chose to tell the story of his personal experience growing up with his father as the universally recognisable Star Trek character Mr Spock. “Through his viewpoint and relationship, the film gained an unparalleled level of access and insight into the international icon, […]

Netflix UK courts Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Netflix has bagged exclusive UK rights to The CW comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The first season of the series (pictured) has been added to the SVOD service following an agreement with CBS Studios International, the global sales arm of The CW co-owner CBS. The show, created and starring Rachel Bloom and from CBS Television Studios, follows […]

CBS names SVOD content chief, studio dev chief

US subscription on-demand platform CBS All Access is set to ramp up programming activity after appointing an original content chief. CBS Television Studio’s head of drama, Julie McNamara is moving across to its CBS sister to become executive VP, original content. Senior VP, drama development at CBS Entertainment Bryan Seabury will replace her at the […]

CBS ups Lanzone to top digital post

US broadcaster CBS has promoted the CEO of its interactive unit to become chief digital officer at the corporate head office. Jim Lanzone (pictured) will remain as chief executive of CBS Interactive, while taking on the newly-created CBS Corp. post. He is credited with launching new services such as SVOD platform CBS All Access, which […]

Good Wife spin-off set for SVOD platform

A spin-off series of CBS drama The Good Wife has been greenlit – for subscription on-demand platform CBS All Access. The series is the second major original title set for CBS’s OTT platform after a new Star Trek scripted effort announced last year. The Good Wife series will be set a year after the conclusion […]

Time Warner ‘eyes Hulu stake’

Time Warner could become the latest media giant to invest in American on-demand platform Hulu. The Wall Street Journal reports Time Warner has been in talks with current owners Comcast, The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox about becoming an equal stakeholder in the platform. This would mean each of those companies, whose stakes […]

CBS eyes ad-free SVOD, defends ‘boring TV’

US broadcaster CBS is planning a non-ad version of its subscription video service CBS All Access. “That’s absolutely something that we’re thinking about,” CBS Corp. president and CEO Les Moonves said on an earnings call with analysts yesterday in response to a question about the SVOD service. “We’re charging US$5.99 right now for with ads […]

CBS goes SVOD-first with new Star Trek series

A new scripted drama ordered to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the original Star Trek series will debut in 2017, with CBS Corp. planning to launch it as an SVOD-first original. The new Star Trek series will premiere in the US on the CBS broadcast network in January 2017, with the opening episode and then […]