Universal International Studios

Universal International Studios taps Netflix exec for global scripted series

Universal International Studios (UIS) has appointed Netflix exec Tesha Crawford as SVP of global scripted series. Based in London, Crawford will report into UIS President, Beatrice Springborn, with a focus on expanding the studio’s scripted slate in the UK and Europe. She will be responsible for scouting and packaging new projects for UIS and will […]

Universal & ‘Cooking With The Stars’ outfit South Shore strike development pact

Cooking With The Stars and Freddie Flintoff’s Field of Dreams outfit South Shore has agreed a development partnership with Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS) and Universal International Studios (UIS). The deal, revealed at UK conference Content London, will see the Melanie Leach and Andrew MacKenzie-led firm work with the Universal Studio Group divisions to co-develop […]

UK’s Monkey appoints Lime Pictures’ production chief as new MD

Universal International Studios-owned UK producer Monkey has hired Lime Pictures’ head of production Helen Kruger Bratt as its new MD, as well as rejigging its production and development team. Bratt will work with Monkey’s co-founders & creative directors, Will Macdonald and David Granger, as well as UIS, to develop and grow talent within the business. […]

TBI Kids Hot Picks: ‘Super Sema’, ‘Unstoppable Yellow Yeti’ & more

TBI takes a look at some of the most interesting projects heading to market as MIPJR throws open its doors in Cannes. Super Sema Producer: Kukua (Kenya/UK) Distributor: Cake Broadcaster: YouTube Logline: A heroic 10-year-old and her brother protect their African village from an evil ruler and his robot army UK-based distributor Cake recently picked […]

USG’s Pearlena Igbokwe talks ‘Russian Doll’, ‘concerning’ budgets & risk

Universal Studios Group (USG) chairman Pearlena Igbokwe has admitted scripted budget inflation is a “great concern” for the industry but added “cost-efficient” shows can still be as successful. Igbokwe told delegates at a keynote session here at the BANFF World Media Festival admitted that there is increasing pressure on commissioners that could impact the amount shows […]

Universal Int’l Studios promotes Ed Havard to oversee UK unscripted strategy

Universal International Studios has promoted Ed Havard to head up the studio’s unscripted strategy in the UK. Taking on the role of SVP, creative, unscripted programming, London-based Havard will report to recently promoted head of studio David O’Donoghue and will build on the company’s strategic partnerships with creators, producers and on-screen talent to source shows […]

UCP boss Beatrice Springborn named president of Universal Int’l Studios

Beatrice Springborn, president of Universal Content Productions (UCP), has expanded her remit to include president of Universal International Studios. UK-based David O’Donoghue has meanwhile been named as head of Universal International Studios (fka NBCUniversal International Studios), reporting to Springborn, and will continue operational responsibility for the international business. In her expanded role, Springborn, who reports to Universal Studio […]

Netflix orders ‘One Day’ series among five UK originals

Netflix has commissioned a slew of new UK-based productions, as it continues to build upon its investment in originals from the country. Anne Mensah, Netflix’s VP of UK series, this week announced five new shows to start filming in the country in 2022, with the streamer having previously revealed a record-breaking UK production spend of […]

News round-up: Studio Hamburg meets ‘My Husband’s Wife’; Espresso brews German factual sales; ‘Expedition’ S2 goes global

Studio Hamburg meets ‘My Husband’s Wife’ German distributor Studio Hamburg Enterprises has acquired international rights to Finnish drama series My Husband’s Wife. The 8 x 45-minute, which has been produced by Lucy Loves Drama for broadcaster YLE, is set to debut in January 2022. Written by Juuli Niemi and directed by his sister Inara Niemi, My […]