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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 […]

Exclusive: The Wall heads to the Middle East

Game show The Wall, a US format created and produced by Glassman Media, SpringHill Entertainment and Universal Television Alternative Studio, will be heading to the Middle East. MBC has acquired the rights to broadcast local versions of the format in Arabic. The news arrives after the format has already aired in 16 territories worldwide. The […]

Endemol Shine & Seven climb The Wall in Oz

Endemol Shine Australia has been commissioned by Australia’s Seven Network to produce the international game show format The Wall. The show was created by Glassman Media, SpringHill Entertainment and Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS) in the US, where it has been a big hit on NBC. The Wall is a quiz show that requires both the […]

NBC hires ex-Endemol Shine unscripted exec

US broadcaster NBC has hired former Endemol Shine North America unscripted production chief Linda Giambrone. She has been named executive VP of production for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS), which launched earlier this year. She was most recently EVP and head of unscripted production at Endemol Shine North America (ESNA), but left […]

NBC’s alternative all stars

Amid the golden age of TV drama, NBC has done something remarkable in launching and sustaining unscripted hits that have fuelled the broadcaster’s hot streak. Mindful that the likes of The Voice, Got Talent and Ninja Warrior provide great numbers but no back-end, it created an unscripted studio last year. With Paul Telegdy in overall […]