The Blacklist

Netflix stumping up $2m per episode for The Blacklist

Netflix has acquired US drama series The Blacklist for a reported US$2m per episode. The streaming service will start showing episodes of the James Spader drama next week, according to Deadline, which broke the news. The series has been a hit for NBC and is in its 22-episode second season on the US broadcast net. […]

Sony sticks with programming chiefs

Sony Pictures Television has extended the contracts of co-presidents, programming and production Jamie Erlich and Zack Van Amburg. The pair will remain at the Culver City-based studio for another three years at least after signing contract extensions. SPT is currently producing US series including NBC’s new season hit The Blacklist, Syfy’s recently-recommissioned Helix and ABC […]

NBCU revenues up but Comcast ‘underweight’ internationally

NBCUniversal saw fourth quarter revenues rise 7.5% to reach US$6.5 billion but parent company Comcast says it is “underweight” internationally and will look at acquisitions opportunities. Both NBCU’s US cable networks – such as market leader USA Network and Bravo – and broadcast channel NBC posted year-on-year growth, bringing in revenues of US$2.3 billion and […]

Blacklist gets early renewal at NBC

The Blacklist, the most successful of this year’s batch of new season broadcast dramas, has been given an early renewal by NBC. Making the announcement, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said the show’s ratings success “demonstrates that inspired storytelling is alive and well in broadcast television” – an attempt to disprove a growing industry belief […]

Seven wins Aussie ratings war

Seven Network has won the annual ratings battle fought by Australia’s commercial channels, beating fierce rival Nine into second and Ten into third. Seven won a 40.2%overall share in the 2013 ratings year, comfortably ahead of Nine with 37.4%. Third-ranked Ten had a 22.4% share through the ratings year. Nine did win the most viewers […]

WOWOW: from Japan to LA to the world

Kayo Washio runs the LA office of Japanese pay TV channel operator WOWOW. She set up on the West Coast in 2010. An established buyer of US series and movies, WOWOW has just got on board its first international originals and Washio wants to reach out to the global TV community to scope out more […]

News brief: Africa’s M-Net cuts Sony Pictures deal

Sub-Saharan African pay TV platform M-net has agreed a programming deal with Sony Pictures Television. The package deal gives the African platform new and returning Sony series and titles include The Blacklist, Masters of Sex (pictured), Breaking Bad and Bad Teacher. M-Net director of group content eervices Jan du Plessis said: “The current SPT series […]

Left Bank boosts Sony TV sales

The acquisition of UK drama company Left Bank Pictures last year has helped a year-on-year third quarter revenue increase for Sony’s television business. Left Bank is the producer behind successful series such as the UK remake of Scandinavian crime drama Wallander (pictured), sports drama The Damned United and US/UK coproduction Strike Back. It joined SPT […]

Turkey’s D-Smart snags Sony output deal

Turkish pay TV platform D-Smart has agreed a multiyear content deal with Sony Pictures Television. The Dogan TV-owned pay TV operator will get a raft of SPT TV series and movie titles under the terms of the deal in the first pay TV window. The Turkish company gets pay TV and digital rights to the […]

The Blacklist beats Hostages in season launches

The first episode of buzzy US drama The Blacklist has performed well for NBC, winning 12.6 million viewers, beating another hyped new drama, CBS’s Hostages. The Blacklist stars James Spader as a wanted fugitive who mysteriously turns himself in. Its creditable opening episode performance meant it beat Hostages, which went out on CBS. The Jerry […]