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NBCU buys Murders procedural for international networks

NBCUniversal International Networks has acquired crime procedural The Murders for Europe and Africa.  The business picked up the Canadian drama from About Premium Content for the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Poland and Africa from mid-2019. Created by Damon Vignale (Motive, Blackstone) and produced by Muse Entertainment in association with Rogers Media-owned CityTV, the 8 x 60-minute drama follows rookie […]

CBC’s Coroner becomes highest-rated series launch in four years

Muse, Back Alley and Cineflix co-pro drama Coroner has become the highest-rated drama series launch on Canada’s pubcaster CBC in four years. Data by Canadian audience measurement organisation Numeris shows that Coroner reached 2m Canadians and delivered an average minute audience of more than one million viewers for each episode on CBC. In the UK, […]

Apple taps Universal TV’s Jason Katims for overall deal

Roswell creator Jason Katims is to depart Universal TV for a multi-year overall deal with Apple. Katims’ current deal with Universal TV expires this summer when he will make the move to Apple, along with his True Jack productions banner. He is the creator of a string of hit titles including Parenthood, Roswell, About a […]

NBC to adapt Red Arrow’s Einstein procedural

US broadcaster NBC is to remake German crime procedural Einstein. Red Arrow Studios International sold the format into NBC, which will be produced by Universal TV in association with Carol Mendelsohn Productions and Intrigue Entertainment. The original series (32 x 45 minutes) follows Albert Einstein’s great grandson who is forced to work with the police […]

Universal TV brings Lost City Explorers to life

Universal TV has added to its slate of comic book properties with a deal to adapt AfterShock Comics’ popular Lost City Explorers for TV audiences. The series is based on Zack Kaplan’s comic featuring a group of teens who become underground urban explorers after a mysterious expedition leads to the disappearance of one of their fathers. Kaplan […]

NBCUniversal’s Alfano switches to Universal TV

NBCUniversal exec JoAnn Alfano, former producer of 30 Rock, is joining NBC’s Universal Television as executive vice president of current series and new business development. Alfano will report to Universal TV president Pearlana Igbokwe. In her new position, Alfano will oversee and manage all aspects of Universal TV’s current series department and will also help […]

NBC promotes Evans to current role

NBC has promoted 22-year veteran Bruce Evans to executive vice president of current programming. Evans will replace Vernon Sanders who departed for sister company Universal TV in November. The veteran most recently served as senior vice president of current and daytime programming for NBC, overseeing Days of Our Lives, The Blacklist and Blindspot. He joined […]

NBC vet Sanders departs for Universal TV

NBC’s executive vice president of current programming, Vernon Sanders, is leaving the role to become a producer with NBC’s sister company, Universal Television. Sanders has signed an exclusive overall producing deal with Universal TV. He will now work on the anthology series Amazing Stories, one of the first dramas commissioned by Apple and produced by Universal TV […]

Kaling preps Hulu Four Weddings adaptation

Hulu is developing UK movie classic Four Weddings and a Funeral with comedian, producer and creator Mindy Kaling. Kaling (pictured) will work together with executive producer Matt Warburton, who worked with her on The Mindy Project, on the project. The pair will executive produce with the movie’s original writer, Richard Curtis. Jonathan Prince, Tim Bevan […]

LA Screenings 2015: Puppet masters

Muppets, medics and movie characters will be filling US network schedules over the next year. Jesse Whittock examines the trends, and what this means for buyers at the LA Screenings Over the next US broadcast season, audiences will finally learn the backstory of the Muppets. They will also be introduced to the latest contenders vying […]