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NBC News to close Peacock Productions

NBC News is pulling the plug on Peacock Productions, its in-house, long form production unit that also produced non-fiction programming for assorted networks. The division produced a range of content for ...
January 10, 2020

NBC News is pulling the plug on Peacock Productions, its in-house, long form production unit that also produced non-fiction programming for assorted networks.

The division produced a range of content for NBC, NBCUniversal-owned cable nets and other outlets, including the live event special Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda for Discovery and most recently, Surviving R Kelly: The Impact for A+E’s Lifetime.

According to a statement issued from NBC News, the department is “shifting its documentary strategy to an entirely new model, consistent with industry trends, and unfortunately the existing operation is no longer viable. We are working with affected employees to help find positions around NBC Universal.”

Peacock Productions will officially cease operations on March 2. It is unclear whether senior production and development executives at Peacock will be moving into other roles within NBC News or within NBCU.

The production company had also been quite active in the true crime space, producing programming for NBCU cable net Oxygen, including this past October’s Relentless with Kate Snow (pictured) as well as Discovery-owned ID.

According to Variety, which first reported the story, NBC News may opt to work with outside production companies and filmmakers for its long-form doc content, a model that is similar to CNN and its Originals and Films divisions.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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