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Richard Bacon Joins NBC Universal


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Richard Bacon has signed an overall producing deal with NBC Universal’s Universal Television Alternative Studio and Universal Television.

On news of the announcement, Richard Bacon said; “I’m really excited to be joining the NBCUniversal family.

“Everyone there is a massive joy to work with and we’re already having tremendous fun on a couple of projects. Can’t wait for more.”

Bacon has been a radio and television host in the UK for 20 years. He hosted a long-running, popular daily current affairs and interview show on BBC Radio 5 Live and has interviewed everyone from Ricky Gervais to Tony Blair to Barack Obama.

In the United States, he has served as host on series for National Geographic Channel and “Top 30,” a nationally syndicated news show for Fox. On radio, he has hosted BBC Radio 6 Music and the drive time shows on both Capital Radio and XFM.

Toby Gorman, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio added; “Richard’s extensive background as an entertainment and news host gives him even deeper understanding of what it means to create entertaining and timely programming that connects with audiences

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with him and collaborating on original and compelling formats.”

Launched in 2016, Universal Television Alternative Studio is a leading supplier of hit unscripted content and formats, and creates, develops and produces a diverse slate of original series domestically and internationally.

The studio’s most recent breakout hits include the two biggest successes among new series launched during the summer of 2019, the songwriting competition “Songland” and the comedy competition “Bring the Funny.”

The studio is responsible for the high-stakes game show “The Wall,” which has been sold into 27 territories internationally, and “Hollywood Game Night,” which has been remade across 21 territories.

Also on the studio’s slate are “Making It” from Emmy Award-nominated hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, Dwayne Johnson’s “The Titan Games,” Emmy Award-winning “World of Dance” from Jennifer Lopez, USA Network’s “The Biggest Loser,” Bravo’s “Blind Date” and History’s “In Search Of.”

Upcoming projects include comedy variety event series “That’s My Jam,” hosted by Jimmy Fallon, hybrid alternative-scripted series “True Story,” co-hosted by Ed Helms and Randall Park, the tiny-challenge game show “Small Fortune,” premium landmark series “The New World” from BBC Natural History Unit, “Thanks a Million” for Quibi as well as original talk show series “The Kid’s Tonight Show” from Jimmy Fallon and “Saturday Night Live”-themed documentary series “Who Wrote That?” for Peacock.

Universal Television Alternative Studio is a division of NBCUniversal.