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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 […]

Creatives: Charlie Brooker

Creator, Black Mirror, A Touch of Cloth Having been a journalist with a weekly column in British newspaper The Guardian in which he took apart (and occasionally) praised various TV shows, the boot was well and truly on the other foot when Charlie Brooker launched his own show, Black Mirror. “I am aware of that, […]

Ben Silverman: Past, present, future

Ben Silverman is a US media executive with a rare understanding of the international TV market. Having been instrumental in bringing numerous shows and formats to the US, he, by way of a stint at NBC, founded Electus. He talks to TBI about the shows he believes have shaped the TV business and the Electus […]

Blinkbox snags HBO content

Blinkbox has inked a deal with HBO that gives it UK rights to raft of content including season two of Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. Sky has an output deal with HBO and exclusively airs all of the premium channel’s series on its Sky Atlantic channel. However, over-the-top service Blinkbox has inked an electronic […]

A Korea in formats

Danny Fenton, CEO, Zig Zag Productions Having only previously visited Asia for my holidays, I have now visited the Far East twice in the last few months to discuss programme-making and selling formats internationally. The news of Zig Zag’s successful visit to China and Japan before Christmas last year was heard across the Yellow Sea […]

The Glass House controversy is bad news for reality TV

The recent spat between ABC and CBS over the former’s new reality series The Glass House, which CBS alleges is a rip off of Big Brother, undermines the protection of formats and has potentially damaging long-term consequences. So says entertainment lawyer Jonathan Coad, founder and director of the International Format Lawyers Association and a partner […]

DISH’s AutoHop move could smash an US$11 billion hole in the US TV business model

Adam Thomas, Media Research Manager, Informa Telecoms & Media In the 1970s, English soccer enforcer Norman Hunter gained an iconic status for extolling the virtues of “getting your retaliation in first.” And so it was that yesterday pay TV operator DISH and three of the major US TV networks (FOX, CBS and NBC) all rushed […]