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TCA: Bravo’s ‘Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce’ Developing CW Vampire-Twins Show On The Side

By | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 3:32pm PDT

TCA: Bravo’s ‘Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce’ Developing CW Vampire-Twins Show On The SideBravo’s first scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce, includes a storyline about a guy separated from his wife who’s dating a CW starlet, which makes for one of the pilot episode’s funnier lines. Series creator Marti Noxon got asked about the reference and admitted she’s created a fictitious CW series which this starlet stars. It’s called Blood Sisters; it’s about twin sisters — one’s a vampire slayer and one’s a vampire.

“When are you taking Blood Sisters to the CW” a critic joked-but-not-really of Noxon, who is well known for her work on  Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In February Bravo announced it has acquired Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, based on the best-selling Girlfriends’ Guide books by Vicki Iovine. The series follows Abby (Lisa Edelstein), a self-help book author who hides the fact that she’s separated from her husband, as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her early 40s in Los Angeles. Noxon is executive producing with Dawn Olmstead, Iovine, Meryl Poster and Adam Brooks, who directed the pilot. The series co-stars Janeane Garofalo and Beau Garrett, with Paul Adelstein and Carrie Fisher featured in the pilot.
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Bravo Media Sets August Premiere For ‘Extreme Guide To Parenting’

By | Wednesday June 25, 2014 @ 11:15am PDT

Bravo Media Sets August Premiere For ‘Extreme Guide To Parenting’Bravo Media has set Thursday, August 7 (9:30 PM) for the premiere of its new docuseries Extreme Guide To Parenting. The series looks some unique and unconventional styles of raising children by moms and dads who believe their parenting techniques are the best and everyone else is doing it wrong.
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Bravo Developing Feuding Families Dramedy From Jennifer Garner

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 11:20am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Governors Awards - ArrivalsBravo Media has put in development All The Pretty Faces, a dramedy-mystery executive produced by Jennifer Garner. Written and executive produced by J. Mills Goodloe, the project is set in the bucolic beach town of Half Moon Bay, CA. It centers on two warring families engaged in an epic, decades-long feud. The death of one of their own brings both families together in search of the secret to the affliction that has plagued them for generations…immortality. “All The Pretty Faces tracks with Bravo’s tradition of presenting strong, relatable characters and tackling provocative subjects in an entertaining way,” said Bravo’s VP Andrew Wang. Garner’s Vandalia Films is producing with Warner Horizon Television where the company has a deal, with Garner and Goodloe executive producing, and Juliana Janes serving as a producer. Bravo recently greenlighted its first two original scripted series, hourlong Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and  half-hour Odd Mom Out.

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Bravo Unveils 15 New Series, 3 Projects In Development, 16 Returning Series

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 9:20am PDT

NBC Universal LogosBravo Media has unveiled its slate of original programming at its upfront including 15 new series (two scripted), 16 returning series and three new projects in development. That includes Bravo’s first scripted comedy, Odd Mom Out, a half-hour series based on the life of author and fashionista Jill Kargman which captures the outrageous world of uber-wealthy momzillas of New York’s Upper East Side. It joins Bravo’s first scripted series, the recently greenlighted hourlong dramedy Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce. The upcoming unscripted slate includes offshoots of Bravo mainstays Real Housewives and Top Chef. Among returning series, the network has confirmed a second season of Below Deck, a third season of Don’t Be Tardy, a seventh season of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles and Season 6 for The Real Housewives Of New Jersey. Returning this fall also is a 12th season of the Emmy Award-winning culinary competition series Top Chef,  season 8 of The Millionaire Matchmaker, The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 7, and The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills Season 5.  Here are descriptions of Bravo’s new series and projects in development:

Related: Oxygen Greenlights Seven New Series As Part Of Upcoming Rebranding
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Bravo Renews ‘Top Chef’ For 12th Season

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 8:32am PST

Top ChefBravo Media has picked up a 12th season of Emmy and James Beard Award-winning Top Chef. Casting for the culinary competition series begins February 18 in Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles. The Season 11 finale airs on February 5. Top Chef is produced by Magical Elves, with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz executive producing.

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Bravo Breaks Ratings Records With Best Night Ever In All Key Demos

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 10:59am PST

bravoBravo is on a roll. The network said today its Sunday night lineup, led by The Real Housewives Of Atlanta and the series premiere of Blood, Sweat & Heels, earned it its best night ever among all key demos. Real Housewives nabbed a franchise high, drawing 4.5 million total viewers and over 2.7 million P18-49. The show ranked No. 1 among all key demos vs cable telecasts for the day, according to Nielsen. Blood, Sweat & Heels, which follows a group of up-and-coming women in New York’s elite circles of real estate, fashion, and media, became Bravo’s highest-rated series premiere among all key demos in network history, with 2.5 million total viewers and over 1.4 million P18-49. Versus cable competition in the 9 PM hour, Blood, Sweat & Heels ranked No. 1 among P18-49.

Thicker Than Water scored 2.3 million total viewers and over 1.2 million P18-49 with the show’s finale, making it a season high among all key demos. Bravo also ranked No. 1 among P25-54 vs cable competition in the 10 PM hour. The freshman series averaged over 1.8 total viewers. Read More »

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Bravo Orders Unscripted Limited Series With Regular People Commenting On TV Shows

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 11:44am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Bravo Media has greenlighted limited half-hour unscripted series The People’s Couch to air Sundays at 11:30 PM on October 6, October 13 and October 20. Based on the UK show, Gogglebox (trailer below), The People’s Couch features real people watching and commenting on popular shows and news from the past week. The series will focus on the Fall television season by showcasing avid TV watchers in their homes, as they laugh, cry, talk, gasp, and scream at their TVs watching the network’s new and returning shows. Each episode will feature the same homes — whether it is a group of sorority sisters doing their nails or grandparents watching with their technology-obsessed grandchildren. “The People’s Couch is a funny, unfiltered comment on America’s current TV viewing habits,” said Bravo’s VP development Lara Spotts. The People’s Couch is produced by Studio Lambert and All3Media America with Executive Producers: Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman, Tania Alexander and Aliyah Silverstein.

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NBCUniversal Promotes Jared DiPalma To Entertainment & Digital Networks CFO

By | Monday January 14, 2013 @ 2:54pm PST

Jared DiPalma has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer at NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media. In his newly created position, DiPalma will oversee financial operations for the unit’s portfolio that includes Bravo Media, Style, Telemundo, and Oxygen Media among others. DiPalma will report to Lauren Zalaznick, chairman of the division. “Jared has become an invaluable member of our team, ensuring this division consistently meets its budget goals and identifying key opportunities for growth,” said Zalaznick in a statement Monday. Until now, DiPalma has been SVP Finance for E&DN/IM, a job he’s had since June 2011. DiPalma first joined NBCUniversal in 2008 as VP Finance for the company’s national ad sales organization. Among other operational and commercial initiatives, DiPalma led the integration of the Comcast and NBCUniversal cable entertainment sales organizations.

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Execs Promoted At Comedy Central, Bravo

By | Monday December 5, 2011 @ 12:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Jonas Larsen has been promoted to SVP Talent and Specials at Comedy Central. Larsen, formerly VP Specials, takes on the post, which has been vacant since Elizabeth Porter left in May. He will report to Kent Alterman, Head of Original Programming and Production.

Bravo Media has elevated David Brewer to the newly created position of VP Program Strategy and Acquisitions. He will supervise all functions of the Bravo Program Planning department including linear and digital program scheduling, series rollout planning, and movie and series acquisitions, and lead the programming support for Sales and Marketing initiatives.

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Frances Berwick Promoted To President Of Bravo And Style Media

By | Tuesday July 19, 2011 @ 6:47am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In a restructuring move in the cable division of the post-merger NBCUniversal which is run by Lauren Zalaznick, her top lieutenant, Bravo’s president and general manager Frances Berwick, is also getting oversight of Style, which came from the Comcast side of the company. Berwick, a 15-year Bravo veteran, is being named president of Bravo and Style Media. She will continue to report to Zalaznick. Salaam Coleman will remain President of Style but will now report to Berwick. Here is the release: Read More »

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Bravo Ups Eli Lehrer To VP Development

Nellie Andreeva

Eli Lehrer was promoted to VP development for Bravo Media. Leher will now be based in Los Angeles and will oversee development for Bravo on both coasts, reporting to Andy Cohen, SVP original programming and development (and Bravo on-air personality). Lehrer was previously VP development and production, East Coast since 2008, where he developed Bravo’s Flipping Out, The Real Housewives of New York City and The Real Housewives of D.C. and executive produced the Cohen-hosted Watch What Happens: Live, The Millionaire Matchmaker and Tabatha’s Salon Takeover.

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