Turner & Viacom execs to run Sony UK channels

Two well known British executives will run the Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) portfolio of channels in the UK. SPTN has named Turner’s Steve Hornsey as VP of its UK entertainment portfolio, while Sarah Muller (pictured), who runs children’s programming at Viacom-owned Channel 5, will become VP of the kids and youth portfolio. Hornsey will oversee […]

Turner ups Meraz & hires from NBCU

US media group Turner has promoted buyer Valerie Meraz to a senior VP role, and hired a talent exec from NBCUniversal-owned SVOD platform Fandango. Valerie Meraz (pictured) has been upped from VP, programme acquisitions to SVP, content acquisitions and strategy for the TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, Turner Classic Movies and SVOD […]

Sony buys Turner’s UK truTV

Sony’s acquisitive channels division has Turner’s truTV in the UK. Turner rolled out the general entertainment channel in amid much fanfare in May 2014, but it struggled to gain a foothold with centerpiece launch series Conan removed from the schedule and an audience share of under 1%. The launch marked the pay TV group’s move […]

Louis C.K., Amy Sedaris series for Turner channels

American comedy icons Louis C.K. and Amy Sedaris are creating new shows for Turner’s US cable networks. Louis creator and stand-up comedian Louis C.K (pictured). and Albert Brooks will executive produce and star in TBS animated ten-part series The Cops (WT), while Sedaris is working up a currently-untitled half-hour comedy for TruTV. The Cops will […]

Jimmy Fallon moved, Seth Myers comes to UK

Late night US talkshow The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is moving to E! in the UK, prompting CNBC to introduce the Late Night with Seth Meyers. CNBC International had been putting out Fallon’s show, which will be on E! in the UK from tonight, prompting CNBC to add Seth Myers, also starting today. Myers’ […]

Turner bringing Will Shakespeare to MIPCOM

Turner’s sales arm, Turner International, is launching drama and comedy from its US cable nets at MIPCOM. From TNT it will launch Will, the upcoming series about the life of a young William Shakespeare, and following the bard’s arrival on the theatre scene in 16th century London. Turner will be preselling the show, which launches […]

TCAs: TBS gets first primetime toon

US basic cable network TBS has ordered its first primetime animated series. Tarantula, from Carson Mell (Silicon Valley) and Rough House Pictures, will be a half-hour comedy about the residents of the Tierra Chula Resident Hotel, and centres on an uncertified tattoo artist who delivers absurd yet introspective monologues. Rough House will coproduce with Turner-owned […]

TNT, Shyamalan team for TV horror

US cable net TNT and writer/director M. Night Shyamalan have teamed for a new two-hour block to be programmed with horror and suspense series. The Sixth Sense writer will curate the block, which will include Tales from the Crypt reboot, and launch this autumn. Shyamalan said: “To be part of such a beloved brand like […]

Turner, Burnett test wearable tech inventors

Turner Broadcasting System, IT firm Intel and unscripted producer Mark Burnett are jointly working on a multiplatform reality series that aims to find the new big wearable technology. America’s Greatest Makers (WT) follows on from Intel’s ‘Make It Wearable’ challenge from last year, and will run in long-form on the TBS cable channel and short-form […]

truTV, M6 engage in Skin Wars

The UK’s truTV and France’s M6 are among buyers of Passion Distribution-sold Skin Wars. For truTV, which launched in the UK in August 2014, the acquisition of Skin Wars follows on from that of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, which has London-based Passion also sells. The competitive body painting hour-long series runs to ten episodes hosted […]

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