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Universal Content Productions (UCP) is a television production company operating within the NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News division of NBCUniversal.[1]

Universal Content Productions
Universal Cable Productions (2008-19)
IndustryTelevision Production Company
Television syndication
FoundedJune 1, 2008; 11 years ago (2008-06-01)
ParentNBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group
(NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News) content productions


Universal Cable ProductionsEdit

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]

Universal Content ProductionsEdit

In early 2019, Universal Cable Productions changed its name to Universal Content Productions to reflect a move into streaming with its production of Umbrella Academy for Netflix and NBCUniversal streaming service.[7]

Shows producedEdit

Title Network Original running Notes
Law & Order: Criminal Intent NBC/USA 2001-2011 with Wolf Films. UCP co-produced the series from 2008-11 when it moved to NBC's sister channel USA
Monk USA 2002-2009 with Mandeville Films and Touchstone Television. UCP only co-produced the final two seasons.
Psych USA 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 2008-12 with Pirates' Cove Entertainment, Tiny Clambake Productions, Universal Media Studios, McNamara Paper Products and Frontier Pictures
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 2011-2014 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 2011-12 with Steve Stark Productions, Garfield St. Productions, and Ocko & Company
Suits USA 2011 onwards 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 onwards with Mendacity Pictures, Bell Media and Temple Street Productions. UCP only handles the International release of the series.
Mr. Robot USA 2015 onwards 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 and Weed Road Productions
The Magicians Syfy 2015 onwards 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-present with HemingwayTaylor
The Purge USA with Blumhouse Television, Platinum Dunes Television, Man in a Tree Productions and Racket Squad Productions
Impulse YouTube Premium with Hypnotic
Dirty John Bravo with Atlas Entertainment
Deadly Class Syfy 2019 with Gozie ABCO, Chipmunk Hill, Getaway Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television
The Umbrella Academy Netflix 2019-present with Dark Horse Entertainment and Borderline Entertainment
Pearson USA
Brave New World USA (was Syfy) with Amblin Television; upcoming
Stranger in a Strange Land Syfy with Paramount Television; upcoming
The Von Bulow Affair Investigation Discovery upcoming
Candy Bravo upcoming
The Raven Cycle upcoming
Resident Alien Syfy with Amblin Television and Dark Horse Entertainment; upcoming
Treadstone USA with Captivate Entertainment and Imperative Entertainment; upcoming
Mile High USA with Legendary Television; upcoming


  1. ^ a b Lafayette, Jon (July 20, 2008). "NBC Taps Cable-Studio Bosses". TV Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 5, 2010). "MTV Greenlights 'Pants' Drama Pilot From Universal Cable Prods. & Doug Liman". Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  4. ^ 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. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 8, 2019). "Sam Esmail Renews Overall Deal With Universal Content Productions". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 3, 2019.

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