MIPCOM round-up: Armoza; Federation; Mediaset; Only Distrib; Trilogy Animation

Armoza lines up The Fittest Pensioner ITV Studios-owned Armoza Formats is leading its MIPCOM slate with a Montreux Film’s format that follows older contestants as they seek to be crowned The Fittest Pensioner. The format, which debuted on TV2 in Norway, sees a nation’s fittest seniors move into a home together as they compete in both […]

Welsh indie Yeti Television hires ‘Inside The Ritz Hotel’ exec for development

Wales-based Yeti Television has hired Inside the Ritz Hotel development exec Llinos Griffiths to work across its output. Griffiths will take up the role of development executive at Yeti and is tasked with creating Welsh-made formats to export globally. The company’s latest commission was CBS Reality show, The Truth About My Murder. She has previously worked on […]

‘Mythbusters’ firm Beyond Productions lands Vox Media’s Joe Rivadeneira

Mythbusters and Back In The Groove outfit Beyond Productions is expanding its LA based and has hired Vox Media’s Joe Rivadeneira to led its factual development. Rivadeneira becomes SVP of development at the MythBusters outfit and will work alongside Mike Krupat, SVP of development & production, to expand the factual slate. Both will report to Beyond Productions president, John […]

Channel 5 hands Rex first commissions for ‘Scandal’ documentaries

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned four new documentaries from Rex, the factual label recently launched by UK-based Zinc Media Group. The four 90-minute projects mark the first orders for Rex, which was launched in April and led by Lana Salah, who is known for her work as exec producer on long-running reality series such […]

Earthx Media names new EarthxTV CEO & head of global distribution

US-based Earthx Media, which operates sustainability-focused EarthxTV, has promoted Dan Russell to CEO and appointed Rajan Singh as head of global distribution. EarthxTV is a 24/7 linear television network whose parent company is dedicated to environmental awareness, education, and “inspiring passion in people and organizations to take action towards a more sustainable future.” Russell was […]

Ex-RTL Group boss Bert Habets named CEO of ProSiebenSat. 1 Media

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat. 1 Media has appointed former RTL Group boss Bert Habets as its new group CEO, with incumbent Rainer Beaujean exiting the company. Beaujean has resigned from his office by mutual agreement with the supervisory board and Habets, who has been a board member since May, will take over the role on 1 […]

NATPE to file for bankruptcy, blaming effects of pandemic on revenues

The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is to file for bankruptcy, blaming the impact of the pandemic on its event schedule and revenues. The organisation said it would restructure under Chapter 11, adding that event cancellations – including NATPE Miami earlier this year – had “forced NATPE to operate on its financial reserves, which now […]

The CW CEO & chairman Mark Pedowitz exits as Nexstar acquisition closes

Mark Pedowitz is stepping down as chairman and CEO of The CW following Nexstar Media Group’s acquisition of the US broadcast network. Nexstar has now closed the deal to take 75% ownership of the business, which Pedowitz has headed up for more than 11 years. As previously reported, former co-owners Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount […]

RTL Group pulls M6 sale, as German group retains French broadcaster stake

European media giant RTL Group has decided against selling off its French broadcast outfit M6.  RTL’s CEO, Thomas Rabe, said on Monday night that he would now “continue to pursue [the] strategy to build national media group of sufficient size to compete with the US platforms.” The RTL chief described M6, which RTL has held a stake in […]

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