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McCumber rises as NBCU rejigs entertainment

NBCUniversal is shaking up its entertainment networks division, with USA Networks president Chris McCumber heading up a new-look unit. McCumber will be president of NBCU Entertainment Networks, a group comprising USA, Syfy, Chiller and Cloo. Syfy president Dave Howe is being moved to a new post as president, strategy and commercial growth at NBCU Cable […]

Damon, Affleck sci-fi goes to series in US

US cable channel Syfy has greenlit a 13-episode season of Incorporated, a futuristic thriller from Hollywood stars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Damon and Affleck will produce the series through their Pearl Street Films imprint, which they run with Jennifer Todd, plus CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions, the latter of which is part […]

Syfy preps VR, 3D printing and tech with Labs

NBCUniversal-owned cable net Syfy has launched a new multi-platform content and experience lab, from which it will launch several next-generation products and services hinged on its latest drama series. Syfy Labs has partnered with 3D printing specialists MakerBot Partnership as well as immersive lighting apps firm Philips Hue, as well as expanding its virtual reality […]

Expanse prodco Alcon gets new TV chief

Alcon Television has got a new president, hot off the heels of the second season order for its Syfy drama The Expanse. Laura Lancaster has joined, having previously been executive VP, drama programming at NBC Entertainment. She will report to Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, co-founders and co-CEOs of Alcon TV’s parent firm, Alcon Entertainment. […]

NBCU’s Syfy snags Lat Am Doctor Who

NBCUniversal’s cable net Syfy has acquired Latin American rights to popular UK sci-fi series Doctor Who. The deal mean the show will transfer from BBC Worldwide’s own channels in the region to Syfy. The agreement kicks in next year with a re-run of season eight of the show before exclusive premiere of season nine in […]

Syfy cancels Defiance

Syfy has cancelled Defiance after a three-season run. The multiplatform show, which follows a town in which humans attempt to live peacefully with aliens in a post-apocalyptic near future, is produced by Universal Cable Productions, but has now been pulled. The first season, ordered as Syfy upped the amount of original programming it was making, […]

Dynamic bags Wyonna Earp gunslinger drama

US indie Dynamic Television has acquired international distribution rights to supernatural thriller drama Wyonna Earp. The 13-part series is based on a graphic novel from Beau Smith and follows a descendant of Wild West gunslinger, who uses her unique abilities and a dysfunctional posse of allies to bring the paranormal to justice. The show comes […]

NBCU creates Lat Am channels JV

NBCUniversal International has partnered with Ole Communications to create a joint venture business in Spanish-speaking Latin America that will simplify management of its channels in the region. This comes after NBCUI earlier this year announced HBO Latin America Group, which is a joint venture between Ole and Time Warner, would take over distribution of Universal […]

Syfy visits grindhouse with Blood Drive

US cable channel Syfy has greenlit Blood Drive, a 13-part scripted series based on the classic grindhouse movie genre. Billed as “high-octane” and “over-the-top”, the show is set in a dystopian future in LA where the city’s last good cop is forced to join a gory cross-country death race in cars powered by blood. Executive […]

Legendary status

Former Sony TV sales boss Michael Grindon tells Jesse Whittock how Legendary Television’s emerging international sales division can offer an alternative to the Hollywood studios. Despite being the LA production studio behind The Hangover movie franchise, Legendary Entertainment’s push into television has been anything but lethargic. Less than a year since former Sony Pictures Television […]