Unscripted


YouTube hires Fox veteran to boost unscripted

YouTube has hired Fox veteran Alex Piper to head up unscripted as it continues to shift its programming strategy. Piper was formerly VP of alternative programming at Fox, where he led development on series such as So You Think You Can Dance, Hell’s Kitchen and Cosmos. He joins as YouTube winds down its big-budget scripted […]

Exclusive: Amazon taps TF1 exec to head up unscripted in France

Amazon has hired TF1’s non-scripted development manager Thomas Dubois to head up unscripted in France. Dubois joined Amazon’s European team this week. At TF1 he handled new project development and format commissioning for the French channel, and DTT channels TMC and NT1. For over three years he assisted the creation of new formats and developed […]

DRG & NENT Group launch unscripted co-commissioning drive

DRG and NENT Group Norway have launched a co-commissioning drive for non-scripted content. The duo will work together to define NENT’s content needs and combine their acquisitions efforts to co-finance and co-commission suitable projects. The focus will be to create “exciting, ratings-winning and long-running series” for NENT Group’s TV3 channel – along with its sister […]

Discovery lines up Hindi ents network

Discovery Communications is to debut a Hindi-language general entertainment network in India. Discovery JEET will be “the flagship for the network’s ambitious investment into original local productions in India”. It will debut late this year, offering programming on true crime, ‘small-town heroes’ and ‘gritty survival’. More than 200 hours of original, local content will premiere […]

CBS names Castallo successor

CBS has gone in-house to find a successor to network alternative programming chief Chris Castallo. Sharon Vuong has been upped to senior VP, alternative programmng at CBS Entertainment. She is promoted from a VP, alternative series development post, and will succeed Casatallo, who exits this summer when his contract runs out. Effective immediately, she will […]

Hollywood Studio formats

Plans are underway to make some of the most iconic US shows ever for local broadcasters with international versions of 24, Breaking Bad, ER, Glee and Gossip Girl planned in countries as far afield as Israel and China. Shows including Prison Break, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives have already had the remake treatment and […]