TBI Formats

All eyes on Asia’s next big thing

Asia has a reputation as one of the most innovative and vibrant regions for formats, but are imports or exports winning out locally? Andy Fry reports. For the most part, the Asian format story splits into two key topics: the export of Japanese and South Korean formats to the international market, and attempts by global […]

John de Mol consolidates media assets

John de Mol has consolidated his media assets, including his Dutch commercial channels, in a new business called Talpa Network. The company will comprise SBS6, Net5, Veronica and SBS9, online services Juke and Kijk, Sky Radio and Radio 10, and a new acquisition: e-commerce business Emesa. Endemol co-founder de Mol (pictured) has also said there […]

Banijay ups Cuarzo content chief

Banijay Group has promoted the director of content at its Spanish prodco, Cuarzo Productions, to director general. Juan Ramón Gonzalo Carballal will now lead all output and lead Cuarzo’s management team. The Madrid-based prodco is best known for programmes such as Cuatro’s supernatural-themed magazine series Cuatro Milenio and The Ana Rosa Show, plus local remakes […]

BBC Studios ups two with Collins exiting

The BBC has moved Damon Pattison, currently head of development at BBC Studios, to head of entertainment for the North and Pam Cavannagh, formerly a BBC One channel exec, to the role of creative director at the producer, as Kieron Collins exits. Taking up the role in the New Year, Pattison (pictured right) will be […]

Voice co-creator named Strix Benelux CEO

A former Talpa Media and BBC entertainment exec credited for co-creating The Voice and I Love My Country has joined Strix Benelux as CEO, with Roy Aalderink exiting. Vincent Dijkema (pictured) will lead the Nice Entertainment Group-owned prodco from January 2018, replacing Aalderink, who left the business earlier this autumn. Aalderink had been in the […]

Endemol Shine Asia chief exits in rejig

Endemol Shine Asia (ESA) managing director Fotini Paraskakis (pictured) is leaving her role, as part of a regional restructure. Endemol Shine Group CEO Sophie Turner Laing said in a note to staff the changes would see the business now focused on regional productions from various hubs around Asia. With Paraskakis leaving in mid-2018 after a […]

Ex-Warner Bros. exec joins Emmerson at indie

Alexis Price, who worked at Warner Bros. UK-owned Renegade Pictures, has joined Nick Emmerson’s new indie, Koska. Price and Emmerson (pictured) worked together at Warner Bros. International Television Production UK where the latter was managing director. Price was most recently creative director at Don’t Tell the Bride producer Renegade, and will have a similar role […]

Eyeworks co-founder to lead new Euro prodco

A trio of producers from Belgium has partnered to launch an Amsterdam-based prodco, with a co-founder of Eyeworks Group to lead the business. Woestijnvis, Lecter Media and DeMensen have grouped to create Fabiola, with Eyeworks alumnus Robert van den Bogaard (pictured) and ex-Eyeworks International creative director Pieter van Eekelen at the helm. The creative teams […]

Back Roads bags ex-BBCWW exec for development

Back Roads Entertainment has appointed former BBC Worldwide executive Jonathan Cane as head of development. Cane will report to founder and executive producer Colby Gaines at the US production company. He is set the task of creating and developing original formats targeted at cable, and will oversee a staff of six development staff. Cane most […]

Optomen & Jane Street sign copro deal

All3Media’s Optomen Productions has signed a coproduction deal with veteran producer Donna MacLetchie and her prodco, Jane Street Entertainment. Under the deal, MacLetchie (pictured) will create, develop and produce unscripted programming with a focus on formats to be coproduced with Optomen in the US as well as internationally. MacLetchie and her team will be based out […]