Universal Content Productions

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

Universal Content Productions
Universal Cable Productions (2008–2019)
IndustryTelevision production company
Television syndication
FoundedJune 1, 2008; 12 years ago (2008-06-01)
United States
Key people
Dawn Olmstead (president)[1]
ProductsTV series
ParentNBCUniversal Content Studios
Websitenbcuni.com/universal content productions


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. The unit was placed under the direction of a management team consisting of five executives. Originally, UCP was set up to produce shows for NBCU and other cable channels.[2]

Formerly at UMS, Doug Liman and Dave Bartis' Hypnotic Films & Television moved to UCP after a few shows were turned down at UMS.[3] Hypnotic signed a two-year overall deal with UCP.[4] Hypnotic produced Covert Affairs with UCP for USA Network, then I Just Want My Pants Back, its first non-NBCU channel production, for MTV. With Hypnotic and a first chief operating officer hired, UCP has expanded enough that they are moving to produce 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]

In July 2011 through its affiliated company, NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution, Psych and Monk, UCP shows, have been picked up for off network syndication on Ion Television.[5]

UCP signed a "pod deal", a complete development deal that includes ownership of all projects making it impossible to shop a rejected project around, with Tagline. A third pod deal was signed with Gale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Entertainment in April 2012.[6] In July of that year, the company signed an exclusive development deal with John Legend's Get Lifted Film Company.[7]

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 Umbrella Academy for Netflix and NBCUniversal's streaming service, which was eventually named Peacock.[8] In October 2019, Universal Content Productions, along with Universal Television, was transferred from NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News to NBCUniversal Content Studios.[9]

In February 2019, it was announced that writer/producer/director Sam Esmail had signed his production company Esmail Corp. to a four-year exclusive deal with UCP with whom he had already produced Mr. Robot, Homecoming, and Briarpatch.[10]

Wilshire Studios was narrowing its focus to docuseries in May 2019. Live event productions shifted to E!’s live events team.[1]

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.[11]

Shows produced

Title Channel Original running Notes
Law & Order: Criminal Intent NBC/USA 2001–11 with Wolf Films. UCP co-produced the series from 2008-11 when it moved to NBC's sister channel USA
Monk USA 2002–09 with Mandeville Films and Touchstone Television. UCP only co-produced the final two seasons.
Psych USA 2006–14 with Pacific Mountain Productions and Tagline Television. UCP only co-produced seasons 3–8.
Eureka Syfy 2006–12 UCP only handled the final three seasons.
In Plain Sight USA 2008–12 with Pirates' Cove Entertainment, Tiny Clambake Productions, McNamara Paper Products and Frontier Pictures. UCP handled the rest of the series with Universal Media Studios handling the first few episodes.
The Starter Wife USA 2008 with Haypop Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment and McGibbon-Parriott Productions
Royal Pains USA 2009–16 with 34 Films, Prospect Park and Open 4 Business Productions
Warehouse 13 Syfy 2009–14
Caprica Syfy 2010
Covert Affairs USA 2010–14 with Corman & Ord and Hypnotic
Being Human Syfy 2011–14 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 2011–12 with Steve Stark Productions, Garfield St. Productions, and Ocko & Company
Suits USA 2011–19 with Untitled Korsh Company and Hypnotic Films & Television
Necessary Roughness USA 2011–13 with Still Married Productions and Sony Pictures Television
Alphas Syfy 2011–12 with BermanBraun
Against the Wall Lifetime 2011 with Paid My Dues Productions and Open 4 Business Productions
I Just Want My Pants Back MTV 2011–12 with Hypnotic
Defiance Syfy 2013–15 with Five & Dime Productions
Playing House USA 2014–17 with A24 Films, Parham St. Clair Productions and Open 4 Business Productions
Satisfaction USA 2014–15 with Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, Rhythm Arts Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television
Dominion Syfy 2014–15 with FanFare Productions, Film Afrika, Bold Films, and Sony Pictures Television
Ascension Syfy 2014 with Sea-to-Sky, Levens, Blumhouse Productions, and Lionsgate Television
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Bravo 2014–18 with Tiny Pyro Productions
12 Monkeys Syfy 2015–18 with Division Street and Atlas Entertainment
Dig USA 2015 with Tailwind Productions, G. Raff Productions, The Jackal Group and Keshet Media Group
The Royals E! 2015–18 with Mastermind Laboratories, Varsity Pictures and Lionsgate Television
Killjoys Syfy 2015–19 with Mendacity Pictures, Bell Media and Temple Street Productions. UCP only handles the International release of the series.
Mr. Robot USA 2015–19 with Anonymous Content and Esmail Corp
Difficult People Hulu 2015–17 with Paper Kite Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment and Jax Media
Childhood's End Syfy 2015 with Michael De Luca Productions and Weed Road Productions
The Magicians Syfy 2015–20 with McNamara Moving Company, Man Sewing Dinosaur and Groundswell Productions
Colony USA 2016–18 with Cuse Productions (formerly Carlton Cuse Productions) and Legendary Television
Hunters Syfy 2016 with Valhalla Entertainment
Queen of the South USA 2016–present with Frequency Films, Friendly Films, Skeeter Rosenbaum Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios
HarmonQuest Seeso
2016–present with Harmonious Claptrap and Starburns Industries
Falling Water USA 2016–18 with Gangtackle Productions and Valhalla Entertainment
Aftermath Syfy 2016 with Bell Media and Halfire Entertainment
Channel Zero Syfy 2016–18 with Eat The Cat and UTMK Limited
Eyewitness USA 2016 with Adi TV Studios
Shooter USA 2016–18 with Leverage Entertainment, Closest to the Hole Productions and Paramount Television
Incorporated Syfy 2016–17 with Pearl Street Films and CBS Television Studios
Imposters Bravo 2017–18 with Villa Walk Productions and Riverrun Films
The Arrangement E! 2017–18 with Sneaky Pictures, Inc., All3Media and Main Event Media
Blood Drive Syfy 2017 with Strong & Dobbs
The Sinner USA 2017–present with Iron Ocean
Damnation USA 2017–18 with Entertainment 360, Sigma Films and Netflix
Happy! Syfy 2017–19 with Original Film and Littleton Road
Unsolved USA 2018 with HemingwayTaylor
The Purge USA 2018–2020 with Blumhouse Television, Platinum Dunes Television,[12] Man in a Tree Productions and Racket Squad Productions
Impulse YouTube Premium 2018–present with Hypnotic
Dirty John Bravo/USA 2018–present with Atlas Entertainment, Los Angeles Times Studios and Nutmegger
Homecoming Amazon Prime 2018–present with Amazon Studios, Anonymous Content, Esmail Corp., Gimlet Media, Red Om Films, and We Here At
Deadly Class Syfy 2019 with Gozie ABCO, Chipmunk Hill, Getaway Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television
The Act Hulu 2019 with Eat the Cat
The Umbrella Academy Netflix 2019–present with Dark Horse Entertainment and Borderline Entertainment
Pearson USA 2019 with Untitled Korsh Company, Hypnotic Films & Television and Major Migraine, Inc.
Treadstone USA 2019–2020[12] with Captivate Entertainment and Imperative Entertainment
Dare Me USA 2019-2020 with Megan Abbott, Drowning Girl Productions, Fair Harbour Productions and Film 44
Briarpatch USA 2020 with Anoymous Content, Esmail Corp. and Paramount Television
Brave New World Peacock (was USA and Syfy) 2020-present with Amblin Television
A Wilderness of Error FX 2020 with Truth Media, Rachel Horovitz Prods., Blumhouse Television and FXP
Stranger in a Strange Land Syfy with Paramount Television; upcoming
The Von Bulow Affair Investigation Discovery upcoming
Candy Bravo upcoming
The Raven Cycle Syfy with Legendary Television and Groundswell Productions; upcoming
Resident Alien Syfy with Amblin Television and Dark Horse Entertainment; upcoming
Mile High USA with Legendary Television; upcoming
Dr. Death Peacock with Escape Artists; upcoming
Angelyne Peacock upcoming
One of Us is Lying Peacock upcoming
Psych 2: Lassie Come Home Peacock upcoming

Podcasts produced

Title Channel Original running Notes
The End Up UCP Audio upcoming near-future scripted podcast produced by Esmail Corp.[11]
House of Prayer unscripted podcast about an investigation into an alleged cult[11]
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[11]


  1. ^ a b Blichert, Frederick (May 31, 2019). "Wilshire to shift focus to premium docuseries". Realscreen. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  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. ^ a b 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. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 5, 2010). "MTV Greenlights 'Pants' Drama Pilot from Universal Cable Prods. & Doug Liman". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 27, 2011). "ION Acquires 'Psych', 'Monk' & 'House'". Deadline. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  6. ^ James, Meg (April 16, 2012). "Universal Cable Productions signs deal with Gale Anne Hurd". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  7. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (July 31, 2012). "John Legend Entering TV Business; Signs Development Deal With Universal Cable". indiewire.com. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  8. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 8, 2019). "Sam Esmail Renews Overall Deal With Universal Content Productions". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2019-02-08). "Sam Esmail Inks Massive New Overall Deal With Universal Content Productions". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  11. ^ a b c d "Universal Content Productions Launches Podcast Network With Sam Esmail Original". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  12. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (May 13, 2020). "'The Purge,' 'Treadstone' Canceled at USA Network". Variety. Retrieved May 14, 2020.

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