Ugly Betty

Ugly Betty star launches prodco

Ugly Betty star America Ferrera (pictured) has launched a yet-to-be-named production company with executive producer Teri Weinberg. The duo have signed a first look deal with Universal TV and set up a legal drama under the new pact. The drama is written by former Revenge showrunner Sunil Nayar. It centres around Amrita Kaur, a Sikh […]

Propagate snags Colombian formats for the US

Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens indie Propagate will take Colombian shows into the US after inking a deal with Caracol, TBI has learned. Silverman has a pedigree of getting Latin American formats away in the US and internationally, having brought Ugly Betty from Colombia to English-language TV. The new deal will see him and the […]

Epix eyes original drama with Disney alum hire

US premium cable channel Epix looks set to push into original drama after hiring the former VP of production at Walt Disney Studios, Jocelyn Diaz. The exec will be executive VP, original programming at the MGM, Lionsgate and Paramount Pictures co-owned channel. This will see Epix pushing into original drama and comedy commissioning, placing it […]

‘Russian HBO’ makes a major channels move

Russian producer Amedia has moved into the channels business in a big way, effectively launching HBO in Russia and inking a huge programming deal with CBS Studios International. Founder and president Alexander Akopov tells Stewart Clarke about the company’s plans in the pay TV space. Amedia was until a recently best known as Russia’s biggest […]

HBO inks exclusive five-year Russian output deal

Russian producer and pay TV channel operator Amedia has inked an exclusive five-year output deal with HBO. The agreement covers the US premium programmer and channel operator’s scripted series and movies and documentary output. Amedia will take exclusive rights to shows including The Newsroom (pictured), Girls, Game of Thrones, and Boardwalk Empire. The deal covers […]

Latin Media Leaders: Televisa USA

BEST SCRIPTED FORMAT TERMINALES, TELEVISA USA   Terminales is the most talked about scripted format to come out of Latin America since Yo Soy Betty, La Fea turned up on ABC as Ugly Betty. The Televisa novela is also set up at a Disney-owned company, this time, youth skewing cable network ABC Family. The Mexican […]