News
August 25, 2020 |

TBI Vision

NBCU combines Peacock, USA & NBC firepower for ‘Tiger King’ drama

Tiger King

NBCUniversal (NBCU) is combining the commissioning power of its streaming platform Peacock, cablenet USA and broadcast network NBC for a new drama based on the Netflix docuseries Tiger King.

Joe Exotic (working title) is being produced by NBCU’s UCP and has been ordered straight-to-series by the media giant’s streamer and its networks.

The show is based on the Wondery podcast Over My Dead Body and tracks the life of Joseph ‘Joe Exotic’ Maldonado-Passage and rival Carol Baskin, who both rose to stardom on unscripted hit Tiger King.

The drama, which was revealed to be in development in November, is being written by Etan Frankel while Kate McKinnon will star as Baskin. Details of who will play Exotic have not been revealed.

It is not the first drama based on the hit Netflix show to emerge, with US actor Nicolas Cage set to play Exotic in a new eight-parter from US-based Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios.

US cablenet ID has also moved into the big cat game with an unscripted show delving further into the story revealed by Tiger King. Investigating The Strange World Of Joe Exotic revolves around tiger breeder Exotic and his role in an alleged murder-for-hire plot to kill rival Baskin, who ran animal sanctuary Big Cat Rescue.

The joint commission from NBCU’s networks and its recently launched streamer comes as the media giant focuses more attention on its DTC business.

NBCU’s CEO Jeff Shell told investors last month that restructuring was in the works, following the US company’s decision to combine its TV and streaming divisions under Mark Lazarus. Around 3,000 positions are set to be affected.

Come join the allrites marketplace! Unlock the value of content!

Get Started Now!

Recent News

TBI Weekly: Six lessons from six months of HBO Max
TBI Weekly: Six lessons from six months of HBO Max
Today marks six months to the day since WarnerMedia&...
Read More...
China’s Alibaba & Tencent ‘held talks’ to acquire rival iQiyi, report claims
China’s Alibaba & Tencent ‘held talks’ to acquire rival iQiyi, ...
Chinese online giants Alibaba and Tencent have both held ...
Read More...
UK’s Channel 4 launches $40m content fund and unveils strategy for digital pivot
UK’s Channel 4 launches $40m content fund and unveils strategy for ...
UK comcaster Channel 4 has unveiled a new corporate strategy ...
Read More...
How do you Zoom? What your virtual background says about you
How do you Zoom? What your virtual background says about you
TBI’s favourite corporate wellness coach Tracy Forysth ...
Read More...
News round-up: China extends ‘Got Talent’; Daro launches AVOD streamer; Drive takes ‘Shared Planet’; Hits enters India
News round-up: China extends ‘Got Talent’; Daro launches AVOD streamer; Drive ...
China’s Got Talent extended Fremantle and Syco ...
Read More...