TV movies: the verdict

As costs rise, broadcasters are turning to each other to fund event TV, reports Tim Adler   If you had to pitch the perfect television movie, it would probably involve a young woman who finds herself in peril while trying to get married at Christmas. So says, Marina Cordoni, vice president movies at Canadian producer […]

Monitor: French-English drama

France falls for English language drama In the last couple of years, a burst of international English-language TV series originated from France. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly finds out why the time is right for French producers and channels to take English-language French fiction to the international market. When four-hour mini-series XIII-The Conspiracy (2x90mins or 4x45mins) premiered on […]

MTV starts to deliver on formats promise

Viacom’s programming division has inked a pair of format deals and sealed new options for another title as the push to sell local version of its shows to broadcasters stars to pay off. Pimp My Ride and One Bad Trip have been commissioned by local broadcasters and  I used to be Fat has been optioned […]

Last Word: Rob Clark

Rob Clark is a well-known figure in the formats world and is back at FremantleMedia Enterprises after taking eight months completely out of the TV business. Upon his return he was promptly made director of global entertainment development, a new role, and promoted to the board. He tells TBI about his post-sabbatical plans. I completely […]

Titanic TV

As the anniversary of the sinking of the cruise liner approaches, drama and factual producers are launching a raft of new content. Two Titanic dramas will set sail on TV screens in April to coincide with the centenary anniversary of the liner sinking. Specifically, one will be follow its building over the course of a […]

Sundance rising

AMC Networks has a new international boss and is ramping up roll out plans for the Sundance Channel. TBI took a trip to the Sundance Festival where we asked Bruce Tuchman about his plans.   At the start of every year the upmarket ski resort of Park City, Utah,  is turned upside down as producers […]

Creatives: Rick Ringbakk

Founder, 5X5 Media, executive producer, Fashion Star NBC’s Fashion Star is Ben Silverman’s biggest reality television challenge since he ran the US broadcast network. The show is produced by Silverman’s Electus with host and executive producer Elle Macpherson. The series was created by Rick Ringbakk of 5×5 Media, a formats company that struck a partnership […]

Creatives: Oren Peli

Creator, The River Supernatural drama The River was one of the more interesting series to launch on a major US broadcast network this year. The midseason show, which was created by Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli and Michael Perry, the writer of Paranormal Activity 2, follows the story of wildlife expert and TV star Emmet […]

Creative: Matthew Carnahan

Creator, House of Lies House of Lies is one of the freshest contemporary adult-orientated dramas to emerge on US cable in years. The series is a dark comedy starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell as part of a team of jargon-spouting management consultants. The series is based on the book House of Lies: How Management […]

Creatives: David Parfitt

Creative producer, Parade’s End David Parfitt is best-known as the ex-BAFTA chairman and producer of movies including Shakespeare in Love, for which he won an Academy Award. But has spent a good chunk of the last year working on the BBC and HBO adaptation of the Ford Maddox Ford Parade’s End novels.   “It is […]