Universal Content Productions
FormerlyUniversal Cable Productions (2008–2019)
TypeDivision
IndustryTelevision production
Television syndication
FoundedJune 1, 2008; 14 years ago (2008-06-01)
Headquarters,
United States
Key people
Jennifer Gwartz (executive vice president)[1]
ProductsTV series
Podcasts
ParentUniversal Studio Group
Websitenbcuni.com/universal content productions

Universal Content Productions (UCP) is a television production company operating within the Universal Studio Group division of NBCUniversal.[2]

History

Universal Cable Productions

In July 2008, Universal Cable Productions was split off from Universal Media Studios (UMS) and placed into NBCUniversal's NBCU Cable Entertainment division. Originally, UCP was set up to produce shows for NBCU and other cable channels,[2] but has moved to producing 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.[3]

Universal Content Productions

In early 2019, Universal Cable Productions changed its name to Universal Content Productions to reflect the move to streaming, with production of The Umbrella Academy for Netflix and Peacock.[4] In October 2019, Universal Content Productions, along with Universal Television, was transferred from NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News to NBCUniversal Content Studios.[5]

UCP announced in November 2019 the 2020 launch of their podcast channel UCP Audio. The studio will produce both scripted and unscripted content with the first scripted podcast from Esmail Corp.[6] It was announced that Dawn Olmstead would leave in order to join Anonymous Content.[7] In February 2021, UCP started an Asian incubator program, with Soo Hugh being one of the first overall deals.[8] In May 2021, Jennifer Gwartz joined the company after she left 20th Television.[9] More recently, Elliot Page has signed a deal with the studio.[10]

Shows produced

Title Channel Original running Notes
Law & Order: Criminal Intent NBC/USA Network 2001–2011 with Wolf Films. UCP co-produced the series from 2008 to 2011 when it moved to NBC's sister channel USA
Monk USA Network 2002–2009 with Mandeville Films and Touchstone Television. UCP only co-produced the final two seasons.
Battlestar Galactica Syfy 2004–2009 with David Eick Productions, R&D TV and Sky UK. UCP only co-produced the final season; revival of the 1978–1979 series by Glen A. Larson Productions and Universal Television
Psych USA Network 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 Network 2008–2012 with Pirates' Cove Entertainment (seasons 1–2), Tiny Clambake Productions (season 2), McNamara Paper Products (season 3) and Frontier Pictures (seasons 4–5). UCP handled the rest of the series with Universal Media Studios handling the first few episodes.
The Starter Wife 2008 with Haypop Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment and McGibbon-Parriott Productions
Royal Pains 2009–2016 with 34 Films, Prospect Park and Open 4 Business Productions
Warehouse 13 Syfy 2009–2014
Caprica 2010
Covert Affairs USA Network 2010–2014 with Corman & Ord and Hypnotic
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 Network 2011–2012 with Steve Stark Productions, Garfield St. Productions, and Ocko & Company
Suits 2011–2019 with Untitled Korsh Company and Hypnotic Films & Television
Necessary Roughness 2011–2013 with Still Married Productions and Sony Pictures Television
Alphas Syfy 2011–2012 with BermanBraun
Against the Wall Lifetime 2011 with Paid My Dues Productions and Open 4 Business Productions
I Just Want My Pants Back MTV 2011–2012 with Hypnotic
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Machinima.com 2012
Defiance Syfy 2013–2015 with Five & Dime Productions
Playing House USA Network 2014–2017 with A24, Parham St. Clair Productions and Open 4 Business Productions
Satisfaction 2014–2015 with Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, Rhythm Arts Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television
Dominion Syfy 2014–2015 with FanFare Productions, Film Afrika, Bold Films, and Sony Pictures Television. Based on the 2010 film Legion by Screen Gems
Ascension 2014 with Sea to Sky Entertainment, Levens, Blumhouse Productions and Lionsgate Television
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Bravo 2014–2018 with Tiny Pyro Productions
12 Monkeys Syfy 2015–2018 with Division Street and Atlas Entertainment. Based on the 1995 film by Universal Pictures
Dig USA Network 2015 with Tailwind Productions, G. Raff Productions, The Jackal Group and Keshet International
The Royals E! 2015–2018 with Mastermind Laboratories, Varsity Pictures and Lionsgate Television
Killjoys Syfy 2015–2019 with Mendacity Pictures, Bell Media and Temple Street Productions. UCP only handles the International release of the series.
Mr. Robot USA Network with Anonymous Content and Esmail Corp
Difficult People Hulu 2015–2017 with Paper Kite Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment and Jax Media
Childhood's End Syfy 2015 with Michael De Luca Productions, Monastic Productions and Weed Road Pictures
The Magicians 2015–2020 with McNamara Moving Company, Man Sewing Dinosaur and Groundswell Productions
Colony USA Network 2016–2018 with Carlton Cuse Productions, (season 1) Cuse Productions (season 2), Genre Arts (season 3) and Legendary Television
Hunters Syfy 2016 with Gangtackle Entertainment and Valhalla Entertainment
Queen of the South USA Network 2016–2021 with Frequency Films, Friendly Films, Skeeter Rosenbaum Productions, Touchstone Television (seasons 1–4) and 20th Television (season 5)
HarmonQuest Seeso/VRV 2016–2019 with Harmonious Claptrap and Starburns Industries
Falling Water USA Network 2016–2018 with Gangtackle Productions and Valhalla Entertainment
Aftermath Syfy 2016 with Bell Media and Halfire Entertainment
Channel Zero 2016–2018 with Eat The Cat and UTMK Limited
Eyewitness USA Network 2016 with Adi TV Studios
Shooter 2016–2018 with Leverage Entertainment, Closest to the Hole Productions and Paramount Television. Based on the 2007 film by Paramount Pictures
Incorporated Syfy 2016–2017 with Pearl Street Films, Algorithm Entertainment and CBS Television Studios
Imposters Bravo 2017–2018 with Villa Walk Productions and Riverrun Films
The Arrangement E! 2017–2018 with Sneaky Pictures, Inc., All3Media America and Main Event Media
Blood Drive Syfy 2017 with Strong & Dobbs
The Sinner USA Network 2017–2021 with Iron Ocean
Damnation 2017–2018 with No Possum Productions, Entertainment 360, Turnpike and Netflix
Happy! Syfy 2017–2019 with Original Film and Littleton Road and Hypernormal (season 2). Netflix distributed the series in other countries.
Unsolved USA Network 2018 with HemingwayTaylor
The Purge 2018–2020 with Blumhouse Television, Platinum Dunes,[11] Man in a Tree Productions and Racket Squad Productions (season 1), based on the 2012 film and its sequels by Universal Pictures
Impulse YouTube Premium 2018–2019 with Hypnotic
Dirty John Bravo/USA Network 2018–2020 with Atlas Entertainment, Los Angeles Times Studios and Nutmegger
Homecoming Amazon Prime Video with Amazon Studios, Anonymous Content, Esmail Corp, Gimlet Media, Red Om Films, and We Here At
Deadly Class Syfy 2019 with Gozie AGBO, Chipmunk Hill, Getaway Entertainment, Giant Generator, 2 Miles Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television
The Act Hulu with Eat the Cat and Writ Large
The Umbrella Academy Netflix 2019–present with Dark Horse Entertainment Borderline Entertainment (season 1–2), and Irish Cowboy (season 3)
Pearson USA Network 2019 with Untitled Korsh Company, Hypnotic Films & Television and Major Migraine, Inc.
Treadstone 2019–2020 with Captivate Entertainment, Tailwind Productions and Imperative Entertainment
Dare Me with Megan Abbott, Drowning Girl Productions, Fair Harbour Productions and Film 44
Briarpatch 2020 with Anonymous Content, Voodoo Ltd., Esmail Corp and Paramount Television Studios
The At Home Variety Show Featuring Seth MacFarlane Peacock with Jax Media and Fuzzy Door Productions
Brave New World with Amblin Television and David Weiner
A Wilderness of Error FX with Truth Media, Rachael Horovitz Prods., Blumhouse Television and FXP
Resident Alien Syfy 2021–present with Jocko Productions, Amblin Television and Dark Horse Entertainment
Punky Brewster Peacock 2021 with Armogida Brothers Productions, Main Event Media and Universal Television, a remake of the 1984-88 series by NBC Productions
Dr. Death with Littleton Road Productions, Escape Artists and Wondery
Dr Death: The Undoctored Story with Wondery and Peacock Media Productions
One of Us Is Lying 2021–present with 5MM
Chucky Syfy/USA Network 2021–present with Pheidippides, David Kirschner Productions and Eat The Cat, based on the 1988 film Child's Play by United Artists, as well as its sequels by Universal Pictures and Rogue Pictures
Joe vs. Carole Peacock 2022 with Matchbox Pictures and Wondery
The Girl from Plainville Hulu with Happy Friday Productions, Lewellen Pictures, Echo Lake Entertainment and Littleton Road Productions
Gaslit Starz with Esmail Corp., Anonymous Content, Red Om Films, and Slate
Candy Hulu with Eat The Cat, Iron Ocean, Boss Clown Productions and 20th Television
Angelyne Peacock with Esmail Corp and Anonymous Content
Stranger in a Strange Land Syfy with Paramount Television Studios; upcoming
The Von Bulow Affair Investigation Discovery upcoming; Based on the William Wright boom of the same name.
Acts of Crime ABC upcoming; with ABC Signature and Esmail Corp
The Raven Cycle Syfy with Legendary Television and Groundswell Productions; upcoming
Mile High USA Network with Legendary Television; upcoming
Untitled Scott Pilgrim anime series Netflix with Science Saru; upcoming
Metropolis Apple TV+ with Esmail Corp., Anonymous Content and Apple Studios; upcoming; First production for Apple TV+
Ted Peacock with Fuzzy Door Productions and MRC Television; upcoming
Untitled Casper the Friendly Ghost live-action series with DreamWorks Animation Television; upcoming


Podcasts produced

Title Channel Original running Notes
The End Up UCP Audio upcoming near-future scripted podcast produced by Esmail Corp.[6]
House of Prayer unscripted podcast about an investigation into an alleged cult[6]
Untitled troubled-teen industry podcast unscripted podcast about a lost teen takes a look at the business of therapeutic schools and their links to politicians, Hollywood and a cults[6]

References

  1. ^ "Jennifer Gwartz Joins Beatrice Springborn at UCP". 10 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b Lafayette, Jon (July 20, 2008). "NBC Taps Cable-Studio Bosses". TVWeek. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 13, 2011). "NBCU's UMS And UCP Are Branching Out To Produce For Broadcast And Cable Networks". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 8, 2019). "Sam Esmail Renews Overall Deal With Universal Content Productions". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  5. ^ Littleton, Cynthia; Low, Elaine (October 7, 2019). "NBCUniversal Shakeup: Bonnie Hammer to Head Studios, Paul Telegdy Goes Solo at NBC". Variety. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d "Universal Content Productions Launches Podcast Network With Sam Esmail Original". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  7. ^ White, Peter (2020-11-02). "UCP President Dawn Olmstead Joins Anonymous Content As CEO". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  8. ^ Zorrilla, Mónica Marie (2021-02-26). "Soo Hugh Signs Overall Deal With UCP, Will Launch Talent Incubator". Variety. Retrieved 2021-02-27.
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (2021-05-10). "Jennifer Gwartz Joins Beatrice Springborn at UCP". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2021-05-11.
  10. ^ Baysinger, Tim (2021-08-31). "Elliot Page Signs First-Look Deal With UCP". TheWrap. Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  11. ^ Otterson, Joe (May 13, 2020). "'The Purge,' 'Treadstone' Canceled at USA Network". Variety. Retrieved May 14, 2020.