Does Univision Communications have a buyer? Spanish-language media company Hemisphere Media, private-equity firm Platimum Equity and former Viacom Inc. CFO Wade Davis have all expressed interest in acquiring the company, reports the Wall Street Journal. In July, Univision said its board was “reviewing strategic options.”
Former Starz CEO Chris Albrecht has taken a stake in a production company working in the global TV market that’s majority owned by Legendary. Legendary recently has been bolstering its television development, and having Albrecht—and his contacts on the production and talent side— is expected to boost the team. Albrecht left Starz in February.
Jimmy Kimmel’s hidden camera prank show Revenge Of the Nerd (working title) got an eight-ep order from Discovery. Series, which hails from the Kimmelot Banner, will star former NASA engineer-cum-YouTube personality Mark Rober and be exec-produced by Kimmel and Rober. The duo will scour the planet to catch evil-doers in the act, and punish them […]
Scott Bros in the house: HGTV extended its talent deal with twins Drew and Jonathan Scott through 2022. Also known under the moniker of their popular series the Property Brothers, the Scotts also received pick-up orders for Property Brothers: Forever Home and a new season of their competition series Brother vs. Brother. As exec producers […]
Will Ferrell is in to topline and produce a Netflix feature film based on the streamer’s doc The Legend of Cocaine Island, about a small-business owner who comes across the legend of a buried stash of cocaine worth $2 million hidden in the Caribbean. Peter Steinfeld will pen the script; Ferrell will produce with Gloria […]
It’s official: NBCUniversal announced CEO Steve Burke will step down on August 14, following the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Jeff Shell, currently Chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment, will become CEO on January 1; Burke’s title will change to Chairman. “I cannot thank Steve enough for the incredible impact he has had on this entire company,” […]
CBS All Access renewed Star Trek: Picard for season two, ahead of its series launch on January 23. Like Star Trek: Discovery, new episodes of season one will drop weekly.
Segments of TBS’s Full Frontal with Samantha Bee filmed amid the protests in Hong Kong will air Wednesday, December 18 at 10:30p. “There was a huge march the day we left of hundreds of thousands of people – I’m sure it was in celebration of us being there and not people being excited we were […]
ABC canceled summer series Reef Break after one 13-episode season. Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace) was star and executive producer of the crime drama, which averaged 2.85 million viewers in Live+3 Nielsens and an 0.4 rating among A18-49.
Walt Disney Television renewed nationally syndicated talk show Tamron Hall in more than 80% of the country, including the ABC Owned Television Stations Group and the Hearst Television stations. “As one of the highest-rated new talk shows in five years, Tamron Hall is connecting with audiences in such a powerful and unique way, and we […]