E! Entertainment


GSN exec exits for E! development role

GSN exec Amy Introcaso-Davis has joined NBCUniversal (NBCU)-owned cable channel E! Entertainment. She is leaving the gameshow-focused cable channel to become E!’s executive VP of development and production. She joins soon after the exit of Jeff Olde, whose departure from running E!’s programming was announced last week after he’d spent nearly five years in the […]

Sovereign drama

Top drama producers tell Jesse Whittock about the small screen’s enduring fascination with royalty. The £100 million (US$125 million) budget Netflix’s drama The Crown (above) was reportedly handed isn’t quite the estimated £369 million it’s going to take to renovate Buckingham Palace’s 775 rooms, but is certainly one of the biggest purses to which a […]

NBCU shutters linear Esquire Network

NBCUniversal has pulled the plug on the linear feed of its US lifestyle cable channel Esquire Network. The brand will live on as a digital-only proposition focused on men, featuring original programming such as newly-announced Borderland USA (WT) and Edgehill, plus existing shows that include Best Bars in America, Knife Fight and Brew Dogs. There […]

TLC taps former ABC exec

US cable channel TLC has hired former ABC development executive Jason Sarlanis. He will work as senior VP, development at the Discovery Communications-owned network, reporting to executive VP, development and production Howard Lee and based in LA. Sarlanis was formerly VP, alternative series and specials at Disney ABC Television Group-owned broadcast network ABC, where he […]

Altice wins Discovery, NBCU nets from Canal+

In a significant ramping up of its strategy to compete head on with French pay TV leader Canal+, cable and telecom group Altice has struck exclusive deals with NBCUniversal and Discovery and unveiled plans to launch a new premium channel dedicated to series and movies. Altice’s French operator SFR is launching a new premium TV […]

USA originals chief to exit, scores UCP deal

USA Networks executive VP, original programming Jackie de Crinis is stepping down to take an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions. The long-serving executive is credited with developing series such as Monk, Burn Notice, Covert Affairs and Mr. Robot (pictured), but will leave the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment-owned USA to become an independent producer. Her exit […]

Discovery hires HuffPo video chief

Discovery Digital Networks has hired the senior VP and general manager of video at online publisher The Huffington Post. Nathan Brown (pictured) has joined Suzanne Kolb’s team as SVP, development and operations. This comes just before Discovery moves its existing online brands – DNews, TestTube, Seeker Stories, Revision3 – under one umbrella, Seeker. At the […]

NBCU hands Stotsky E! president post

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment has handed Esquire Network president Adam Stotsky control of celebrity-focused channel E!. Stotsky has been named president, E! Entertainment, a role he will fulfil alongside his current duties at Esquire. This comes soon after Chris McCumber was named atop a new NBCU Entertainment Networks division, which comprises a number of Stotsky’s former […]

E!’s Caitlyn Jenner series named

New details of the much-anticipated E! Entertainment doc series featuring Caitlyn Jenner have emerged. The show has been named I Am Cait, and will launch in the US next month and 120 international E! territories following that. Local territories will announce their own scheduling plans, but in the UK the eight-part series from Bunim/Murray Productions […]

E! to document Bruce Jenner transition

Comcast’s channel E! Entertainment will document American celebrity Bruce Jenner’s transition to a transgender woman. The currently untitled 8x60mins series was announced on Friday during an ABC interview with Jenner, the patriarch of the Kardashian reality TV family. On US cable the show debuts on Sunday, July 26 at 9pm, and will also go out […]