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Universal reveals $100m+ drama trio in Australia

Universal Studio Group is set to shoot three scripted TV series in Australia over the next 18 months. Young Rock from Universal Television, Irreverent from NBCUniversal International Studio-owned Matchbox Pictures and Joe Exotic from UCP will all shoot at Brisbane’s Screen Queensland Studios, as well as in surrounding locations in South-East and Far North Queensland. […]

NBCU ups Pearlena Igbokwe to head global studios, Bonnie Hammer to vice-chair

Universal Television president Pearlena Igbokwe has been promoted to chairman of the Universal Studio Group in a senior shakeup that also sees company veteran Bonnie Hammer upped to vice-chairman of NBCUniversal (NBCU). Igbokwe will take charge of the company’s global TV business, which includes Universal Television, Universal Content Productions (UCP) and NBCU International Studios, reporting […]

NBCU’s Peacock enters ‘Bel-Air’ with two season pick-up

NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has picked up two seasons of Bel-Air, the upcoming dramatic reboot of 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. Original series star Will Smith, who will serve as executive producer on the reboot, revealed the news on YouTube on Tuesday. The series will be based on Morgan Cooper’s popular viral video that […]

Universal TV inks first-look deal with Buzzfeed

Universal Television has signed a first-look deal with US news and entertainment company Buzzfeed. The agreement will see the NBCUniversal-owned company produce scripted content based upon stories published by Buzzfeed. The two companies have already set their first project together, with a series based upon Bim Adewunmi’s 2018 article Meet The Women Who Are Building […]

TBI Weekly: How TV is finding fresh talent in “bedroom creators”

The hunt for the next big thing in TV doesn’t always necessarily mean snagging the hottest new IP or nailing down every proven content creator in sight to a first-look deal. Developments this week highlight how online and short-form platforms can offer a stage for emerging talent with fresh things to say and that savvy […]

‘Fresh Prince’ to get dramatic reboot, Will Smith to exec produce

A dramatic reboot of 1990s US sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air is reportedly in the works, with original star Will Smith attached as executive producer. The project will be based on Morgan Cooper’s popular viral video that was posted last year and has since gained more than five million views on YouTube. Cooper will […]

‘MacGruber’ series leads Peacock’s new comedy offerings

NBCUniversal’s newly launched SVOD service Peacock is firming up its comedy offerings, with several new shows in the works, including a series order for action-comedy MacGruber. Universal Television will produce the 8 x 30-minute series, which is a parody of classic action series MacGyver, with the titular character originating as a popular sketch on NBC […]

Amazon Studios remakes Israeli autism drama ‘On The Spectrum’

Amazon and Jason Katims (Parenthood) have linked up with the Israel producer behind Netflix hit Fauda to remake a local drama exploring the lives of three people in their 20’s living with autism. On The Spectrum will be a half-hour show and is being produced by Universal Television, Israel’s YesStudios, Katims’ True Jack Productions and […]

CBS greenlights ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ sequel despite Covid-19 uncertainty

CBS has handed out three new scripted commissions – including a straight-to-series order for a sequel to The Silence Of The Lambs – despite the ongoing uncertainty of when the shows might make it to screen. Clarice, which is being produced by CBS Television Studios and MGM TV, will take place shortly after the events […]

Fox drama ‘House’ to be remade in Turkey by Kanal D

Turkish broadcaster Kanal D has commissioned a local version of hit US drama House, the medical series that aired on Fox in the US for eight seasons until 2012. The remake will be produced by Red Arrow Studios-owned Karga Seven Pictures Turkey and is to be known as Hekimoğlu. It has been written by Banu […]

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