Michael Eisner multi-platform indie studio Vuguru has hired former Comedy Central president of original programming Lauren Corrao as Chief Creative Officer to oversee the company’s scripted programming with an increased focus on longform scripted series. Veteran comedy executive Corrao most recently served as president of Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production.
FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) and Vuguru LLC today announce a major new first-look deal for international rights to the independent studio’s original commission programming. The deal will see FME distribute Vuguru original content across all digital, linear and home entertainment platforms outside North America from 2013, further diversifying FME’s catalogue of high-quality, distinctive scripted programming and forging a new partnership between one of the most exciting content producers and one of the most powerful content distributors in the industry.
An independent multi-platform studio, Vuguru was founded in 2006 by former Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Michael Eisner and is also backed by Rogers Media of Canada In the intervening years it has developed and financed premium, award winning and immensely popular scripted multiplatform titles that have been distributed across online, mobile, and linear television platforms in over 40 countries around the world, attracting global audiences and global advertisers.
Michael Eisner’s Vuguru and BermanBraun are partnering on the comedy web series Greetings From Home that launches on AOL on October 1. The 12-episode series is a humorous look at a military dad who’s raising two unruly teens while mom is deployed overseas. It was directed by Jared Drake and written by Bill Rosenthal, Bill Masters, and Michael Davidoff. BermanBraun’s Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun executive produced. Here’s the exclusive trailer:
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Vuguru, an independent studio that finances world-class story-driven multi-platform content announced today a deal with Yahoo!, the premier digital media company to develop and finance premium content. Yahoo!, with 20 out of the top 25 most-watched online Web series and 35 million unique visitors a month that view original video programming (comScore Custom Report), will work with Vuguru to develop multiple original scripted series for exclusive U.S. distribution on Yahoo! Screen – the ultimate video destination online.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Comic book legend Stan Lee and his company POW! Entertainment Inc. (OTCQB: POWN) today announced a partnership to produce original digital content with Michael Eisner’s independent studio Vuguru. The deal brings together two storied powerhouses in the world of entertainment that will produce and distribute studio quality films, episodic series and a variety of digital content across multiple platforms. Scott Nocas, a seasoned digital strategist who formerly held positions at Microsoft Xbox and Sony Network Entertainment, has been helping build out POW! Entertainment’s digital strategy, brokered the deal and will now help the companies further expand and develop opportunities.
AOL unveiled its slate of original programming today featuring more than 15 Web series targeting specific audience demographics in partnership with the likes of Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions (Tiger Beat Entertainment), Mark Burnett (CliffsNotes Films) and Vuguru (Little Women, Big Cars). Each series will be programmed and distributed across AOL Huffington Post Media Group sites and many will be produced in-house at AOL Studios in Los Angeles and New York; some go live today and others will be rolled out over time. Here’s the slate: