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Altice wins Discovery, NBCU nets from Canal+

In a significant ramping up of its strategy to compete head on with French pay TV leader Canal+, cable and telecom group Altice has struck exclusive deals with NBCUniversal and Discovery and unveiled plans to launch a new premium channel dedicated to series and movies. Altice’s French operator SFR is launching a new premium TV […]

Viewpoint: The anthology strikes back

Dan Whitehead, head of drama and digital at UK consultancy K7 Media, on how anthology dramas have emerged from their slumber Like any creative industry, TV drama is not immune from the lure of a good bandwagon, but few have caught on as quickly as the current mania for anthology series, as a look at […]

Syfy UK nabs new Exorcist

UK pay TV channel Syfy will broadcast 20th Century Fox Television’s series adaptation of seminal 1973 horror movie The Exorcist. NBCUniversal International Networks acquired the show, which was ordered to series in May at the Upfronts, for the channel from 20t Century Fox Television Distribution. The series is not a remake of the film of […]

Syfy kills off Hunters

US cable channel Syfy has cancelled drama Hunters after one season. The series, from Valhalla Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions, follows the disappearance of a cop’s wife after he discovers a clandestine organisation that hunts down alien terrorists. The 13-part show’s final six episode were push back to a 12am Tuesday slot in the US […]

OSN and NBCU to launch Syfy in MENA

NBCUniversal International Networks’ Syfy channel is due to launch exclusively in the Middle East and North Africa via operator OSN next month. The science fiction entertainment channel will go live on July 8, offering original series, movies, Japanese animation, science fiction and fantasy programmes for OSN subscribers in the region – with Arabic subtitles available […]

Syfy greenlights Superman prequel pilot

US cable channel has moved its Superman prequel Krypton from development to pilot stage. Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) will executive producer and showrun the pilot, with David S. Goyer (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) among the other EPs. Colm McCarthy (Peaky Blinders) will direct. The show will tell the back story of the Man […]

Australian sci-fi web drama heads to TV

Australian-produced a sci-fi web drama Airlock has been repurposed and will run as a TV movie on the Australian Syfy channel. The series stars Mark Coles Smith (Last Cab to Darwin) as a security officer investigating events after a derelict spaceship docks with an isolated space station, revealing a dead crew and a band of […]

NBCU hands Stotsky E! president post

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment has handed Esquire Network president Adam Stotsky control of celebrity-focused channel E!. Stotsky has been named president, E! Entertainment, a role he will fulfil alongside his current duties at Esquire. This comes soon after Chris McCumber was named atop a new NBCU Entertainment Networks division, which comprises a number of Stotsky’s former […]

Syfy orders linear, digital and virtual reality drama

Pay TV net Syfy has ordered Halcyon, a futuristic cop drama that will go out on its linear channel, online and as an immersive virtual reality experience. It will be made by next-generation studio Secret Location, which is based in Toronto and counts Entertainment One among its investors. The shortform show was commissioned for the […]

Hulu captures 12 Monkeys

Hulu has acquired US streaming rights to Syfy series 12 Monkeys. The on-demand service has picked up the first season of the show, a time-travel series loosely based on the movie of the same name. Linear cable nets are increasingly shopping VOD and SVOD rights to shows ahead of the new season launches on their […]