Universal Cable Productions

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Universal Cable Productions
Division
Industry Television Production Company
Television syndication
Founded June 1, 2008
Headquarters Universal City, California, United States
Key people
Mark Stern
Jeff Wachtel
Javier Maynulet
Beth Roberts
Jerry DiCanio[1]
Owner NBCUniversal
(Comcast)
Parent NBCUniversal Cable
Website nbcuni.com/universal-cable-productions

Universal Cable Productions (UCP) is a television production company operating within NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment division of NBCUniversal, all owned by Comcast.[1]

History[edit]

In July 2008, Universal Cable Productions was split off from Universal Media Studios (UMS) and placed into NBCUniversal's NBCU Cable Entertainment division. The unit was placed under the direction of a management team consisting of 5 executives. Originally, UCP was set up to produce shows for NBCU and other cable channels.[1]

Formerly at UMS, Doug Liman and Dave Bartis’ Hypnotic Films & Television moved to UCP after a few shows were turned down at UMS.[2] Hypnotic signed a two-year overall deal with UCP.[3] Hypnotic produced with UCP Covert Affairs for USA Network then I Just Want My Pants Back, its first non-NBCU channel production, for MTV. With Hypnotic and a first chief operating officer hired, UCP has expanded enough that they are moving to produce shows for any network or channel, broadcast or cable. Its NBCU Broadcasting counterpart, Universal Television has also moved to be a full-service TV studio.[2]

In July 2011 through its affiliated company, NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution, Psych and Monk, UCP shows, have been picked up for off network syndication on Ion Television.[4]

UCP signed a "pod deal", a complete development deal that includes ownership of all projects making it impossible to shop a rejected project around, with Tagline. A third pod deal was signed with Gale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Entertainment in April 2012.[5] In July, the company signed an exclusive development deal with John Legend's Get Lifted Film Company.[6]

Shows produced[edit]

Title Network Original running Notes
Law & Order: Criminal Intent NBC/USA 2001-2011 with Wolf Films. UCP co-produced the series from 2008-11 when it moved to NBC's sister channel USA
Monk USA 2002-2009 with Mandeville Films and Touchstone Television. UCP only co-produced the final two seasons.
Psych USA 2006-2014 with Pacific Mountain Productions and Tagline Television. UCP only co-produced seasons 3-8.
Eureka Syfy 2006-2012 UCP only handled the final three seasons.
In Plain Sight USA 2008-12 with Pirates' Cove Entertainment, Tiny Clambake Productions, Universal Media Studios, McNamara Paper Products and Frontier Pictures
Royal Pains USA 2009-16 with 34 Films, Prospect Park and Open 4 Business Productions
Warehouse 13 Syfy 2009-14
Caprica Syfy 2010
Covert Affairs USA 2010-14 with Corman Ord and Hypnotic Films & Television
Being Human Syfy 2011-2014 with Muse Entertainment Enterprises. UCP replaced Zodiak Media as the co-production company for the International release of the show's fourth season.
Fairly Legal USA 2011-12 with Steve Stark Productions, Garfield St. Productions, and Ocko & Company
Suits USA 2011 onwards with Untitled Korsh Company and Hypnotic Films & Television
Necessary Roughness USA 2011-13 with Still Married Productions and Sony Pictures Television
Alphas Syfy 2011-12 with BermanBraun
Against the Wall Lifetime 2011 with Paid My Dues Productions and Open 4 Business Productions
I Just Want My Pants Back MTV 2011-12 with Hypnotic
Defiance Syfy 2013-15 with Five & Dime Productions
Playing House USA 2014 onwards with A24 Films, Parham St. Clair Productions and Open 4 Business Productions
Satisfaction USA 2014-15 with Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, Rhythm Arts Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television
Dominion Syfy 2014-15 with FanFare Productions, Film Afrika, Bold Films, and Sony Pictures Television
Ascension Syfy 2014 with Sea-to-Sky, Levens, Blumhouse Productions, and Lionsgate Television
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Bravo 2014 onwards with Tiny Pyro Productions
12 Monkeys Syfy 2015 onwards with Atlas Entertainment
Dig USA 2015 with Tailwind Productions, G. Raff Productions, The Jackal Group and Keshet Media Group
The Royals E! 2015 onwards with Mastermind Laboratories, Varsity Pictures, and Lionsgate Television
Killjoys Syfy 2015 onwards with Mendacity Pictures, Bell Media and Temple Street Productions. UCP only handles the International release of the series.
Mr. Robot USA 2015 onwards with Anonymous Content and Esmail Corp
Difficult People Hulu 2015 onwards with Paper Kite Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment and Jax Media
Childhood's End Syfy 2015 with Michael De Luca Productions and Weed Road Productions
The Magicians Syfy 2015 onwards with McNamara Moving Company, Man Sewing Dinosaur, and Groundswell Productions
Colony USA 2016 onwards with Carlton Cuse Productions and Legendary Television
Hunters Syfy 2016 with Valhalla Entertainment
Queen of the South USA 2016 with Frequency Films, Friendly Films, Skeeter Rosenbaum Productions, and Fox 21 Television Studios
Shooter USA 2016 with di Bonaventura Pictures, Leverage Entertainment, Closest to the Hole Productions and Paramount Television
Incorporated Syfy 2016 with Pearl Street Films and CBS Television Studios
Falling Water USA 2016 with Valhalla Entertainment
Aftermath Syfy 2016 with Halfire Entertainment
Blood Drive Syfy upcoming

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lafayette, Jon (July 20, 2008). "NBC Taps Cable-Studio Bosses". TV Week.com. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (June 13, 2011). "NBCU’s UMS And UCP Are Branching Out To Produce For Broadcast And Cable Networks". Deadline.com. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 5, 2010). "MTV Greenlights ‘Pants’ Drama Pilot From Universal Cable Prods. & Doug Liman". Deadline.com. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 27, 2011). "ION Acquires ‘Psych’, ‘Monk’ & ‘House’". Deadline.com. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  5. ^ James, Meg (April 16, 2012). "Universal Cable Productions signs deal with Gale Anne Hurd". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (July 31, 2012). "John Legend Entering TV Business; Signs Development Deal With Universal Cable". indiewire.com. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 

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