Formats


De Mol helps creators find ‘The Fastest Way to Screen’

John de Mol and his Talpa Network are introducing ‘The Fastest Way to the Screen’ – a format ‘accelerator’ that gives international creators a chance to gain straight-to-series orders, and has hired former Sony exec Lisette van Diepen to lead it. The Fastest Way to the Screen will accept pitches for non-released, new original paper […]

WWE Studios plans TV originals assault

WWE Studios is expanding beyond feature films and into original TV and digital content production. The production arm of wrestling/sports entertainment giant WWE is looking to work with coproducers on scripted and reality TV shows, and is also eyeing the family and animated spaces. WWE Studios president Michael Luisi will continue to oversee the business, […]

Cineflix launches prodco with Salzman Jr.

Canada’s Cineflix Media is backing a new Montreal-based indie led by the son of co-CEO Glen Salzman. Connect3 will focus on coproductions for the North American and international markets. Pablo Salzman will lead the business as president, with Cineflix a joint venture partner. The exec, who’s been with Cineflix since 2009, will focus on working […]

Endemol Shine US unscripted chief exits

Endemol Shine USA head of unscripted Rob Smith is exiting the business. His departure comes after 15 years, having joined predecessor business Endemol USA in 2002. This comes after Endemol Shine North America (ESNA) hired former Spike TV programming chief Sharon Levy as president of unscripted and scripted television in August. “The timing was right […]

MTV returns to Jersey Shore

After six years, MTV is bringing back the latest installment of Jersey Shore with its original cast. The latest series, Jersey Shore Family Vacation, is set to premiere in 2018. The series initially ran from 2009 to 2012 on US cable channel MTV, and sold well internationally. Family Vacation will star original housemates Nicole ‘Snooki’ […]

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 […]

MTV reboots Shore franchise with Floribama

MTV is set to launch the latest chapter of the Shore franchise, Floribama Shore, which joins popular predecessors Jersey Shore and Geordie Shore in November. The eight-episode series will debut on November 27 in the US and internationally in December. It will be executive produced by Jersey Shore creator Sallyann Salsano. Set in the Florida Panhandle […]

France gets Naked and Afraid

Lagardère Studios’s 909 Productions has grabbed the rights of US format Naked and Afraid, which Renegade 83 produces for Discovery Channel in the US. France will be the first international territory to bring in a local adaptation of the adventure format in which one man and one woman are left alone in the wild, naked and […]

ITV America sets overall deal with Strahan

ITV’s US arm has scored an overall deal with former American football player and TV personality Michael Strahan. The deal will see ITV America and Strahan’s SMAC Entertainment co-creating unscripted shows for TV, OTT and other digital platforms. The shows will go out through the ITV America banner. Leftfield and SMAC already coproduce NFL Network […]

Top Gear America returning on US cable

Just under a year after History ended its US version of Top Gear, BBC America is bringing the format back. Top Gear America will premiere on AMC Networks-operated BBC America later this year, beginning a new eight-part series. History had run its version (pictured) between 2010 and 2016, but this stopped after six seasons amid […]