Showing posts with label NBCUniversal International. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NBCUniversal International. Show all posts

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Restructuring Coming For The Channels Of NBCUniversal International Networks Seen In Africa As NBCUI's Pay-TV Division Moves To Sky's TV Headquarters In London.

Restructuring, including people losing their jobs, is coming for the TV channels of NBCUniversal International (NBCUNI) seen in Africa like E! Entertainment (DStv 124), Universal TV (DStv 117), and Studio Universal (DStv 112) as NBCUI's pay-TV division must move to Sky's pay-TV headquarters at Osterley in London in the United Kingdom.

After Comcast's acquisition of Sky, part of the restructuring includes several organisational changes including to NBCUniversal International Networks for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, with Jeremy Darroch, Sky CEO, on Friday writing to staffers in an email that the restructuring is part of plans to "grow our audiences and bring our customers even better content" while working "more effectively and efficiently with our new colleagues".

Senior executives are expected to be a part of the staff that will be let go in the creation of NBCUniversal International's new channels business division for the region as NBCUI and Sky consolidate and integrate their programming departments.

NBCUI last restructured its distribution and network operations for the EMEA region in 2015.

"The first proposed change we have announced today is to combine NBCU's pay-TV channels with our own, basing them on our campus in Osterley. The second is to move NBCU's Europe, Middle East and Africa networks' London-based team to the same location," Jeremy Darroch told staff.

"In Germany, Sky will become the parent company of NBCU's Networks business and we plan to explore ways for both businesses to work more closely together, including possible co-location to Unterföhring."

"Finally, we are proposing that Sky's content sales and distribution activities, currently managed by Sky Vision, be operated by NBCU's Global Distribution business. We recognise that these proposals could have an impact on some of our colleagues within Sky and NBCU and, as always, they will be fully supported through these changes."

Kevin MacLellan, NBCU's chairman of global distribution and international, said in an email to staff that "Each of these proposals is the result of careful consideration from both NBCUniversal and Sky," admitting to it being a "difficult time" for some NBCU and Sky staffers.

"Affected employees are being spoken to in person today and will be fully supported with care, fairness and transparency over the coming weeks and months. Thank you for your sensitivity and support of your colleagues during this consultation period."

As part of the restructuring Sky Vision's 6 500 hours of programming will also be added to the catalogue of NBCUniversal International Distribution.

This division is responsible for sales of all TV and digital programming outside of North America for NBCUniversal with more than 120 000 TV episodes and over 4 000 movies as part of its catalogue.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

NBCUniversal International Networks Acquires Gripping Legal Drama Proven Innocent For UNIVERSAL TV In The UK And Africa

NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) announced the acquisition of Proven Innocent, licensed from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, to premiere on UNIVERSAL TV (DStv channel 117) – NBCUIN’s general entertainment channel – in the UK and Africa. This new legal series tells the emotional story of one woman’s fight for the innocence of others, as well as her own. Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, in association with Danny Strong Productions, the 13 one-hour episodes will premiere in the UK and Africa, on UNIVERSAL TV (DStv channel 117) from Monday, 11 March 2019 at 20:00 CAT.

Proven Innocent follows an underdog criminal defence firm led by Madeline Scott, played by Rachelle Lefevre (Under the Dome, A Gifted Man), a fierce and uncompromising lawyer with a hunger for justice. There is no one who understands the power of setting an innocent person free more than Madeline. At age 18, she was wrongfully convicted, along with her brother, Levi Scott, played by Riley Smith (Frequency), in a sensational murder case that made her an infamous media obsession, a household name and a national cause célèbre.

Madeline runs the firm with her partner, Easy Boudreau, played by Russell Hornsby, (Seven Seconds, Grimm), the very lawyer who helped set her free after 10 years in prison. Proven Innocent also stars Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men) as investigator Bodie Quick; and Tony Award-winner Nikki M. James (BrainDead, The Good Wife, The Book of Mormon), as communications director Violet Bell who runs a true-crime podcast that follows each investigation.

While a hero and a victim to some, Madeline’s bold and bullish tactics earn her a number of enemies – especially Gore Bellows, played by Emmy Award and Golden Globe-winner Kelsey Grammer (Frasier, Cheers, Boss), the prosecutor who initially put her away and still believes in her guilt. Despite Bellows’ ceaseless quest to see her behind bars again, Madeline will continue to defend others, even as she fights to maintain her innocence and searches for the real killer in her own case.

“Proven Innocent is an emotional legal drama with justice at the heart,” commented Lee Raftery, Managing Director UK & Emerging Markets and Chief Marketing & Content Officer, NBCUniversal International. “UNIVERSAL TV viewers will be instantly gripped by the strong characters played by Rachelle Lefevre, cast in the role of hero and victim, standing boldly up against hard-as-nails attorney played by award-winning Kelsey Grammer.  The subject matter is intriguing and will make exciting TV to watch.”

“We’re delighted that Proven Innocent will be on UNIVERSAL TV in the UK and Africa,”David Smyth, Senior Vice President of Sales and UK Managing Director, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. “Viewers are certain to be captivated by this unique new courtroom drama with a standout cast, led by Rachel Lefevre and Kelsey Grammer.”

Proven Innocent is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, in association with Danny Strong Productions. The pilot is written by David Elliot. Strong, Elliot and Stacy Greenberg are executive producers. Adam Armus is an executive producer and showrunner.