WGN America


YouTube adds ex-WGN & Fox execs for originals

YouTube is bolstering its original programming team by hiring former WGN America (WGN) and Fox executives. Jon Wax has been named head of drama, scripted and current at SVOD service YouTube Red, while Angela Courtin takes a marketing post. Wax previously worked at WGN as executive VP of original programming, and becomes the second exec […]

Network veteran Cherniss joins Apple

Ex-studio and US network veteran Matt Cherniss has joined former Sony execs Jamie Erlicht and Zack van Amburg at tech giant Apple, which is set to invest US$1 billion in original and acquired programming. Cherniss has been named as head of domestic creative development at Apple, having left his role president and general manager of […]

WGN America lands first unscripted originals

US network WGN America has commissioned its first unscripted original programmes. Docu-drama Outlaw Country comes from Bischoff Herney Entertainment, while docu-series Wrestling with Death comes from ITV Studios-owned Leftfield Pictures. Outlaw Country promises “an unprecedented look at crime” after producers gained full access to a law enforcement agency and a suspected crime family from Buckner, […]

Rescue Me creator tees up Titans for WGN America

WGN America’s rebirth as a home for high-end drama projects continues with the straight-to-series commission of a show from Peter Mattei and Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan. Titans will be the Tribune Media’s basic cable and satellite-distributed channel’s third drama after Manhattan, which launched this month, and Salem. WGN America was previously known as for […]

CBS poaches Fox, Television 360 drama execs

CBS Television Studios has hired a pair of drama executives, one from rival broadcaster Fox and the other from US indie Television 360. Meghan Lyvers, who was previously at Management 360’s TV unit, has been named senior VP, drama development, while Brianna Bennett has become VP, drama development. Lyvers is also the former former VP, […]

WGN America orders Ten Commandments original series

US cable channel WGN America has ordered 10-part scripted drama Ten Commandments from the Weinstein Company. Running for 10 nights, each episode of the series will see a different modern interpretation of a Commandment from an A-list director. Wes Craven, Michael Cera, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan and Gus Van Sant are committed to directing an […]

WGN America goes to Manhattan for second original

US station WGN America has ordered its second original drama, a 13-part about the scientists racing to create the first atomic bomb that has The West Wing exec producer Thomas Schlamme attached. Manhattan is written and created by Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex), who will exec produce alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and […]