Universal Television Alternative Studio

Universal & ‘Cooking With The Stars’ outfit South Shore strike development pact

Cooking With The Stars and Freddie Flintoff’s Field of Dreams outfit South Shore has agreed a development partnership with Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS) and Universal International Studios (UIS). The deal, revealed at UK conference Content London, will see the Melanie Leach and Andrew MacKenzie-led firm work with the Universal Studio Group divisions to co-develop […]

NBC teams with ‘Walking With Dinosaurs’ creators for mass extinction docuseries

US network NBC has ordered a new prehistoric docuseries, Surviving Earth, which uses new digital technology to recreate critical mass extinction events. A co-production between Universal Television Alternative Studio and UK indie Loud Minds, which was behind Walking With Dinosaurs and Primeval, the 8 x 60-minute series will first debut on NBC before being made […]

Banijay adds Universal Television exec for North America programming & development

Banijay Studios has appointed former Universal Television exec Rebecca Mayer to oversee programming and development for its operations in North America. Mayer takes the newly created position of EVP of programming and development, focusing on expanding the studio’s development and current slate in the US. She will create original content for broadcast, cable and streaming, […]

Endemol Shine’s Hurford-Jones boards Universal TV Alternative Studio

Endemol Shine North America’s Georgie Hurford-Jones has boarded NBCUniversal’s unscripted outfit Universal Television Alternative Studio. The exec, who most recently served as SVP of unscripted original series and specials for Endemol Shine, has joined the studio as EVP of current programming. Hurford-Jones’s remit includes managing series and pilots across development, casting, creative, formats and production […]

NBC’s ‘Making It’ secures first international remake with Discovery Finland

Discovery Finland has become the first broadcaster to remake NBC series Making It, after striking a deal with NBCUniversal International Formats. The 10 x 60 minute version will air on Discovery Finland’s channel TV5 and streaming service Dplay, with Rabbit Films (Game Night, Who Wants to be a Millionaire) producing. The reality competition series will […]

Universal Television Alternative Studio hires Toby Gorman

Universal Television Alternative Studio has appointed Magical Elves’ Toby Gorman as president. The exec, who most recently served as interim CEO for the Tinopolis-owned prodco, succeeds Meredith Ahr, who was promoted to president of NBC Entertainment’s alternative and reality group late last year. In the new role, Gorman will look after development, domestic sales and […]

NBC inherits ‘Small Fortune’ remake

US broadcaster NBC has signed on to adapt Youngest Media’s Small Fortune competition series.  The network has ordered a six-part series of the format, which aired originally on UK broadcaster ITV in February. The show finds teams of three friends competing in small-scale challenges across miniature sets for a chance to win cash prizes. From a shrunk down […]

MIPCOM Hot Picks: Songland

Distributor: NBCUniversal International Formats Producer: Universal Television Alternative Studio and Live Animals in association with Dave Stewart Entertainment and Levine’s 222 Productions Channel: NBC (US) Concept: New songwriting talent get the chance to have their work recorded by a famous artist Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice judge Adam Levine executive produces this long-simmering songwriting […]