Universal Cable Productions

Hulu’s originals chief Beatrice Springborn exits to lead NBCUniversal’s UCP

Hulu’s head of originals Beatrice Springborn is leaving the Disney-owned streamer to replace Dawn Olmstead as president at Universal Cable Productions (UCP). Springborn will oversee the entire slate at NBCUniversal-owned UCP, including Netflix drama The Umbrella Academy and forthcoming drama Joe Exotic, which is being produced for sibling streamer Peacock, cabler USA and NBC. She […]

Anonymous Content hires UCP president Dawn Olmstead, promotes David Levine

Defending Jacob and True Detective producer Anonymous Content has hired Universal Cable Productions (UCP) president Dawn Olmstead as its new CEO, and promoted former HBO drama head David Levine. Olmstead will lead all management of the TV and film producer, with her appointment coming 18 months after the death of the prodco’s founder and CEO Steve […]

The Fifth Beatle signs up to Bravo

US cable net Bravo is tuning up for limited event series The Fifth Beatle. The project is based on Tony Award-winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary’s graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, exploring the complicated personal life of The Beatle’s manager, who helped the foursome reach international stardom. Bravo will work with Universal […]

Amazon orders Julia Roberts drama Homecoming

Subscription VOD service Amazon Prime Video has handed a two-season order to Homecoming, a drama based on a popular podcast that will star Julia Roberts. The half-hour drama is based on a Gimlet Media podcast of the same name that launched in November 2016 to critical acclaim. Universal Cable Productions and Mr. Robot creator Sam […]

Netflix opens Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy

Netflix has ordered a ten-part live-action series based on Gerard Way’s graphic novel The Umbrella Academy. The series, which will be shown to members worldwide in 2018, is based on a graphic novel that follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes. It was written by My Chemical Romance singer Way and illustrated […]

More4 engages in The Good Fight

UK digital terrestrial More4 has acquired CBS All Access original The Good Fight. The Channel 4-owned network ran Good Fight predecessor The Good Wife to ratings success, prompting it to move for the new show, which will play in the UK in the spring. The Good Fight is set a year after the events of […]

US Nordic noir remake cancelled

TNT will not take its remake of Eyewitness into a second season. The US crime thriller was based on a series from Norway’s NRK (pictured). The format launched last October on Turner’s TNT, but failed to win over American viewers. Shades of Blue writer Adi Hasak bought the rights to the NRK show, and wrote and […]

Sprout touts robot toon, trio in development

US kids channel Sprout has greenlit a 26-episode toon about a girl and her robot friend, and outlined a development slate that includes a series inspired by Shaquille O’Neal. Remy and Boo represents Sprout’s first series commitment since Deidre Brennan was tapped to lead NBCUniversal-owned channel as general manager. The new series comes from Canadian […]

Game of Thrones author lays down Wild Cards

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin will see another of his epic book series, Wild Cards, developed as a television series. Universal Cable Productions has signed an deal to develop the show as a series, though Martin cannot work on the show directly as he has an exclusive agreement with Game of Thrones prodco […]

The Rock brings Muscle Beach to USA

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has sold a scripted series about bodybuilders from the famous Venice Beach in the 1980s to US cable channel USA Network. Muscle Beach, will see “a colourful tribe of lost souls struggle to reinvent themselves by bench-pressing their way to a bigger, better American dream, no matter what the cost”. News […]

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