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Universal Cable Productions

Universal Cable Productions
Type Division
Industry Television Production Company
Founded June 1, 2008
Headquarters Universal City, California, United States
Key people Mark Stern
Jeff Wachtel
Javier Maynulet
Beth Roberts
Jerry DiCanio[1]
Owners NBCUniversal
(Comcast Corporation)

Universal Cable Productions (UCP) is a television production company operating within NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment division of NBCUniversal.[1]


  • History 1
    • Shows produced 1.1
  • References 2
  • External links 3


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 5 executives. Originally, UCP was set up to produce shows for NBCU and other cable channels.[1]

Formerly at UMS, Doug Liman and Dave Bartis’ Hypnotic Films & Television moved to UCP after a few shows were turned down at UMS.[2] Hypnotic signed a two-year overall deal with UCP.[3] Hypnotic produced with UCP Covert Affairs 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.[2]

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.[4]

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.[5] In July, the company signed an exclusive development deal with John Legend's Get Lifted Film Company.[6]

Shows produced

Title Network Original running Notes
Monk[4] USA 2002–2009 with Mandeville Films and Touchstone Television
Psych[4] USA 2006-2014 with Pacific Mountain Films and Tagline Television
Eureka[4] Syfy 2006–2012
Law & Order: Criminal Intent USA 2007-2011 Series aired on NBC from 2001 until 2007; UCP took over production from Universal Media Studios upon move to USA
In Plain Sight USA 2008–2012
Royal Pains USA 2009 onwards with 34 Films and Prospect Park Entertainment
Warehouse 13 Syfy 2009-2014
Caprica Syfy 2010
Covert Affairs USA 2010 onwards with Hypnotic Films & Television and Corman Ord
Fairly Legal USA 2011–2012 with Steve Stark Productions, Garfield St. Productions (both 2011), Ocko & Company (from 2012) and Universal Networks International
Being Human Syfy 2011-2014 with Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Zodiak Media Group (Zodiak owns International rights from Seasons 1-3, while Universal handles International distribution from Season 4 onwards)
Suits USA 2011 onwards with Hypnotic Films & Television
Necessary Roughness USA 2011–2013 with Still Married Productions and Sony Pictures Television (Universal owns US rights, while SPT distributes internationally)
Alphas Syfy 2011–2012 with BermanBraun[7]
Against the Wall Lifetime 2011 with Paid My Dues Productions
Red Faction: Origins Syfy 2011 TV pilot movie with UFO Films[8]
I Just Want My Pants Back MTV 2012 pilot with Hypnotic Films & Television[3]
One Great Life Fox 2012 with Hypnotic Films & Television[9]
Defiance Syfy 2013 onwards with Five & Dime Productions
Playing House USA 2014 onwards with A24 Films and Parham St. Clair Productions
Satisfaction USA 2014 onwards with Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment and Rhythm Arts Entertainment
Dominion Syfy 2014 onwards with Film Afrika, Bold Films and FanFare Productions
Ascension Syfy 2014 with Blumhouse Productions, Lionsgate Television and Sea to Sky Studios[10]


  1. ^ a b c Lafayette, Jon (July 20, 2008). "NBC Taps Cable-Studio Bosses". TV Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (June 13, 2011). "NBCU’s UMS And UCP Are Branching Out To Produce For Broadcast And Cable Networks". Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 5, 2010). "MTV Greenlights ‘Pants’ Drama Pilot From Universal Cable Prods. & Doug Liman". Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d Andreeva, Nellie (July 27, 2011). "ION Acquires ‘Psych’, ‘Monk’ & ‘House’". Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  5. ^ James, Meg (April 16, 2012). "Universal Cable Productions signs deal with Gale Anne Hurd". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (July 31, 2012). "John Legend Entering TV Business; Signs Development Deal With Universal Cable". Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 7, 2011). "Syfy Renews ‘Alphas’ For Second Season". Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 19, 2010). "SyFy And THQ To Do ‘Red Faction’ Pilot". Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 17, 2011). "Comedies Produced By Aaron Kaplan And Doug Liman Find Homes". Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Ascension (Syfy)".  

External links

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  • Universal Cable Productions at the Internet Movie Database
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