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Twofour poaches BBC exec for formats

TwoFour has hired Ana De Moraes as its new formats chief. The seasoned formats exec joins UK prodco and distributor TwoFour from the BBC where she was brought in, in February 2014, by former television chief Danny Cohen as creative director. At TwoFour she takes a newly-created role, and has been tasked with growing the […]

Burnett behind Fox dating series

US broadcaster Fox has ordered a ten-part dating reality series from new MGM Television president Mark Burnett. The untitled series will be shot in the Caribbean, and see make and female who are matched on ‘instant chemistry’. This comes after producer Burnett became president of MGM TV last month after US studio MGM bought out […]

Dish bags 4K content from Sony

US satcaster Dish Network has bought 4K movies and series from Sony Pictures Entertainment, plus indie distributors The Orchard and Mance Media. The Ultra HD content will be made available to Dish customers with a 4K Joey-connected Hopper set-top boxes on 4K televisions. From Sony comes The Amazing Spiderman, Captain Phillips, American Hustle, Momuments Men […]

ITV orders Top Gear rival Drive!

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned Drive!, a new motoring entertainment series that will go up against the BBC’s Top Gear and Amazon’s high-profile new motoring series. Produced by TwoFour, Drive! will have celebrities racing against each other in driving challenges in a variety of vehicles, ranging from old wrecks, to jeeps, to rally cars. Celebs […]

BBC Two to restart Robot Wars

UK pubcaster BBC Two has brought eccentric machine battle series Robot Wars back 15 years after it stopped broadcasting on the channel. Mentorn Media Scotland, whose parent company Mentorn Media was the original UK show’s producer, will produce the new 6x60mins series. The original BBC Two show ran between 1998 and 2001, before switching to […]

Hincks to exit Endemol Shine

Endemol Shine Group’s president, Tim Hincks, has decided to leave the mega-indie. This ends a 17-year association with Endemol Shine and its predecessor, Endemol. Hincks was effectively named as Endemol Shine’s number two upon its creation at the beginning of last year, with Sophie Turner Laing installed as CEO. However, he will leave the company […]

Hernan Lopez exits in Fox reorganisation

Fox has reorganised its international channels and content division along regional lines in a shake-up that sees Fox International Channels brand dropped and FIC CEO Hernan Lopez exit. The international business will now be organised under the Fox Networks Group banner, with three distinct regional divisions: Europe, Asia and Latin America. Jan Koeppen will become […]

Worldwide seals deal with new prodco Raconteur

BBC Worldwide has sruck a first-look deal with Raconteur, the new UK indie recently set up by William Miller and Ruth Wrigley (pictured). The agreement means Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC, will sell Raconteur’s finished programming and formats. Miller is a former global head of talent at Worldwide. He said: “Both […]

Daily Dancing with the Stars for Colombia

Colombian broadcaster RCN has ordered a local version of international format hit Dancing with the Stars, and will strip the dancing competition series through the week, marking the first time the format has been shown in this way in Latin America. RCN has acquired the format from BBC Worldwide, and Fox Telecolombia will make the […]

Content deals, new launch for Asian Netflix rival

Viu, the recently-launched OTT service from Hong Kong-based telco PCCW, has launched in Singapore, providing local competition to Netflix, which launched there last week. Viu launched in Hong Kong in October, announcing at the time plans to roll out throughout Asia and the Middle East. Its freemium service has now launched in Singapore, the first […]