Shades of Blue

Ryan Seacrest signs ABC Studios deal

American presenter Ryan Seacrest has signed an overall deal with ABC Studios. Under terms of the pact, Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) will develop exclusive scripted projects for TV networks and on-demand platforms within the studios arm of US broadcaster ABC. RSP was previously housed at CBS Television Studios. Seacrest recently signed up to co-host a […]

Universal TV drama EVP exits

Changes at Universal Television continue, with executive VP of drama development Russell Rothberg the latest to leave the US-based NBCUniversal prodco. Rothberg’s departure comes after that of Bela Bajaria, who exited as president earlier this year. Pearlena Ibgokwe, who was EVP of drama programming, stepped up to replace her. Rothberg is credited with developing A&E’s […]

Universal Television names president

Pearlena Igbokwe has taken the reins at Universal Television, NBC’s cable and broadcast production arm. Igbokwe moves across from NBC Entertainment where she was executive VP, drama programming, to take the chairman role at Universal Television. She replaces Bela Bajaria who left Universal last week after under a year in the job. Prior to NBC […]

Sky buys J-Lo’s NBC cop series

Sky has acquired Shades of Blue, the US cop thriller starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta. The series airs on the NBC broadcast network in the US. Universal Television, Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions, and Ryan Seacrest Productions coproduce the show, which is sold by NBCUniversal International Distribution. The UK pay TV operator will show Shades of […]

Global stocks up on US series for new season

Shaw-owned Canadian net Global has bought a slew of new US series for its fall schedule. The free-TV broadcaster has acquired ten big-ticket dramas that launched at the LA Screenings last month, including Supergirl and movie reboots Limitless and Minority Report. The net has struck deals with several of the US majors to secure the […]

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 […]

Ryan Seacrest secures two-year CBS deal

Popular US presenter Ryan Seacrest has secured a two-year overall with CBS Television Studios for his production company. Under terms of the pact, Ryan Seacrest Productions will focus on developing scripted programming, an area the prodco has been moving in to recently with shows such as ABC’s comedy Mixology. RSP’s executive VP, scripted programming Nina […]

NBC confirms Heroes return

US broadcaster NBC has confirmed it is bringing back sci-fi drama Heroes four years after it dropped Tim Kring’s show. Heroes Reborn will premiere in 2015 and be preceded by a digital series that will introduce new characters and storylines, though details of this are being kept under wraps for now. Heroes creator and executive […]