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TNT, Shyamalan team for TV horror

US cable net TNT and writer/director M. Night Shyamalan have teamed for a new two-hour block to be programmed with horror and suspense series. The Sixth Sense writer will curate the block, which will include Tales from the Crypt reboot, and launch this autumn. Shyamalan said: “To be part of such a beloved brand like […]

Turner, Burnett test wearable tech inventors

Turner Broadcasting System, IT firm Intel and unscripted producer Mark Burnett are jointly working on a multiplatform reality series that aims to find the new big wearable technology. America’s Greatest Makers (WT) follows on from Intel’s ‘Make It Wearable’ challenge from last year, and will run in long-form on the TBS cable channel and short-form […]

truTV, M6 engage in Skin Wars

The UK’s truTV and France’s M6 are among buyers of Passion Distribution-sold Skin Wars. For truTV, which launched in the UK in August 2014, the acquisition of Skin Wars follows on from that of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, which has London-based Passion also sells. The competitive body painting hour-long series runs to ten episodes hosted […]

UK’s truTV lands America’s Got Talent

The British version of truTV has landed the latest season of US reality competition series America’s Got Talent. The exclusive deal with distributor FremantleMedia International marks one of the biggest deals truTV has struck since launching in the UK on digital free-TV last year. Produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment, America’s Got Talent […]

Buyers line up for RuPaul’s Drag Race

Passion has sold US drag queen competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race to a host of broadcasters. Discovery’s female-skewed TLC channel has acquired it for Germany and Turner’s TruTv has snagged UK rights. In Brazil, pay TV channel operator Globosat has picked it up for its Multishow channel. In Canada, the OutTV specialty channel has bought […]

SBS Discovery strikes volume deal with truTV

SBS Discovery Norway has struck a two-year volume deal for content from the truTV cable channel. The general entertainment channel is owned by Turner Broadcasting and the SBS Discovery deal was struck by Turner’s Non Stop Entertainment. SBS Discovery operates six channels in Norway; free-to-air flagship channel TV Norge as well as the FEM, MAX, […]

Comedy Central UK lines up Impractical Jokers

Comedy Central UK has ordered a pilot of US comedy format Impractical Jokers after it dropped off the BBC Three schedule. Warner Bros. Television Production UK-owned prodco Yalli is producing the pilot. The show will closely mirror the format of the US version, which is currently Comedy Central UK’s top-performing show. Hidden camera prank show […]

Amazon pilot is truTV’s debut scripted series

A rejected Amazon Studios pilot has become the first full-length scripted series for US cable channel truTV. The Turner Broadcasting System-owned entertainment channel has ordered a pilot of Those Who Can’t (WT), which comes from Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix. Though truTV says the original Amazon Prime Instant Video pilot “tested very high”, it was […]

Ex-Fox chief Reilly lands Turner CCO role

Former Fox network chief Kevin Reilly has joined Turner Broadcasting System as president of cable nets TNT and TBS, and chief creative officer of Turner Entertainment. Reilly (pictured) exited his post as Fox entertainment chairman earlier this year, and was replaced by studio chiefs Dana Waldren and Gary Newman. He had said at the time […]

Dish dumps Turner channels in carriage dispute

US pay TV operator Dish has shelved a swathe of Turner Broadcasting channels in a carriage dispute with the channel operator. CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM, HLN, CNN en Espanol and Boomerang have all been taken off the platform. In a statement Turner said it had offered compromises and accused Dish of acting […]