Universal Television

ABC orders US remake of Australian drama ‘Total Control’ with Universal & Keshet Studios

ABC in the US has ordered a pilot based on Australian drama Total Control, with NBCUniversal-owned Universal Television and Keshet Studios attached. The remake, known as Dark Horse, is being written by William Jehu Garroutte and has Jessica Goldberg (The Path) attached as showrunner. Universal TV and Disney’s ABC Signature produce in association with Keshet Studios, whose parent Keshet International […]

NBCU’s Peacock expands unscripted, adds BBCS format & moves into true crime

NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s streamer Peacock is expanding its unscripted slate and moving into original true crime programming after revealing a raft of new shows for the service, including a relationship format from BBC Studios (BBCS). Ex Rated is hosted by Andy Cohen and explores the trend of adult singles who send ‘exit surveys’ to their previous romantic partners to learn why […]

NBC orders scripted trio, including Keshet’s ‘La Brea’ & comedy ‘Grand Crew’

NBC has handed out a raft of commissions following last year’s tumultuous pilot season, with wine bar comedy Grand Crew and Keshet Studios’ La Brea among those going to series. La Brea, from writer David Applebaum, had been ordered to pilot as part of the 2019/20 season but the show was delayed along with numerous others as the pandemic spread. […]

NBC to remake Oz’s ‘Secret Bridesmaids’ Business’

US network NBC is developing Ties That Bind, a new drama series based upon Seven Studios’ Australian miniseries Secret Bridesmaids’ Business. The series is being written and executive produced by Deirdre Shaw and if ordered will be produced by Keshet Studios and Universal Television, while the original show was based on Elizabeth Coleman’s stage play, inspired […]

NBC develops Keshet’s Israeli scripted format ‘The A Word’

US broadcast network NBC is developing a remake of Keshet’s hit scripted format The A Word (aka Yellow Peppers), which explores a family’s life after their young son is diagnosed with autism. The show has Arika Mittman (Paradise Lost) attached as showrunner and writer, with NBC stablemate Universal Television and Keshet Studios also onboard. Keshet quartet Peter […]

Erin Underhill promoted to president of Universal Television

Universal Television has appointed veteran NBCUniversal exec Erin Underhill as its president, taking over the position from Pearlena Igbokwe, following her recent promotion to chairman of the Universal Studio Group. Underhill, who joined the company in 2000, is elevated from her role as NBCUniversal’s EVP of drama development, which she has held since 2017. During […]

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 […]