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Viceland preps Boyband series, comedy move

Cable net Viceland has announced four new series, including a reality show about a boyband, its first scripted comedy, a design series with Tyler, The Creator, and an Alex Gibney doc about basketball players in Mexico. American Boyband will follow a group of young musicians from LA on their first tour. What Would Diplo Do? […]

Viceland tackles late night for first time

US cable channel Viceland has entered the late night programming space for the first time, ordered a series from rapper Tyler the Creator, and another from filmmaker Ondi Timoner. The late night series will be Desus & Mero, which is based on a web show of the same name and a podcast from The Bodega […]

Young Shakespeare drama set for TNT

US cable channel TNT has commissioned a drama about a young William Shakespeare as part of its 2016/17 line-up. Will comes from Craig Pearce, Shekhar Kapur, Alison Owen and Debra Hayward, and is the headline series from Kevin Reilly’s second Upfront since joining the company in November 2014. It will comprise ten episodes and launch […]

BattleBots to challenge Robot Wars in Cannes

A five-foot humanoid combat robot named ‘The Obwalden Overlord’ will touch down in Cannes next week, as a face-off between two rival formats looms large. The mech will be at MIPTV with UK-based Sky Vision, which has acquired rights to ABC robot combat series BattleBots. Rights to the 6x60mins season one are immediately available, with the […]

Earley emerges at Berman’s Jackal

Former Fox Television Group COO Joe Earley has reunited with producer Gail Berman by becoming president of The Jackal Group. Earley exited Fox last year, a move that came after 21 years of service at Rupert Murdoch’s media group, and as the TV broadcast division merged with the Hollywood studio. At Jackal, Earley will report […]

Berman prodco pacts with Singled Out’s Auerbach

Gail Berman’s production outfit, The Jackal Group, has entered into a first-look development deal with veteran producer Gary Auerbach, who launched MTV series Laguna Beach and Singled Out. The pact includes development of scripted and non-scripted programming. Auerbach was most recently executive VP of NBCUniversal-owned Wilshire Studios, where he was able to sell 35 shows […]

MGM aims to become ‘powerhouse’ in unscripted

Buoyed by its recent deal with Mark Burnett that gave it The Apprentice and Survivor, MGM says it will become a ‘powerhouse’ in unscripted programming in the international market. The US studio is best known for its features, and more recently TV drama including Fargo, Vikings and Teen Wolf. However, it is now has some […]

MGM bringing ABC’s Battlebots to market

MGM will sell Battlebots internationally, the robot battle series that is relaunching on US broadcast net ABC. US producer Whalerock Industries and the creators of the original BattleBots franchise, Ed Roski and Greg Munson, are making the new series. US studio MGM has a development deal with Whalerock and will bring the show to the […]

Berman resurfaces with Fox-backed Jackal

Gail Berman has resurfaced six months after leaving her US prodco BermanBraun, and will lead a new Fox Networks Group-backed production group. The Jackal Group will focus on scripted, unscripted and factual programming. Berman will have an equity stake in the business, and lead it as CEO and chairman. She will sit on the board […]

BermanBraun becomes Whalerock as TV chief exits

US producer BermanBraun has rebranded as Whalerock Industries and restructured its film and TV divisions following the departure of one of the founders. Gail Berman exited the company in January, as TBI reported at the time, and remaining company co-founder Lloyd Braun has now reorangised the 150-person company. This will see television president Gene Stein […]