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NATPE: Lis Murdoch says producers need to harness Web 3.0

TV producers need to embrace social media of they are to remain relevant and grow their businesses as the industry lives through a period of transition, Shine Group CEO Lis Murdoch told delegates on the last day of NATPE. “If we embrace social media – we reinvent our companies, we rethink our attitudes, and we […]

Turner poaches CBeebies boss Carrington

Cartoon Network has poached CBeebies boss Michael Carrington to run its content division. Carrington, who is currently controller of preschool channel CBeebies, is to become chief content officer, EMEA, Turner, following the departure of Finn Arnesen last year. Carrington will step down at the BBC, where he has launched a number of hit preschool properties […]

Natpe News: Eisner launches Booth, says old media on a ‘death march’

Michael Eisner told NATPE delegates that old media is on a ‘death march’ and that made-for-web content is an ‘explosion ready to happen’. Giving a keynote address at the Las Vegas trade show, former Disney and Paramount boss Eisner also took the opportunity to unveil a new web series, Booth, to a full auditorium. “I […]

Natpe News: Nat Geo orders more Dog Whisperer

National Geographic Channel in the US has ordered a new season of Dog Whisperer and the show’s distributor, Rive Gauche, has inked a raft of new sales for the series. The latest 13-episode run is in production and, following the success of two recent instalments of the series set in Australia, producers are planning to […]

WAG Wars spearheading Comcast formats push

Comcast’s E! Entertainment has created a new series in which sportsmen’s Wives And Girlfriends (WAGs) compete against one another. The reality series, WAG Wars, will be shopped as a paper format as E! Entertainment owner Comcast International Media Group attempts to ramp up activity in the formats business. Two existing series, Perfect Catch and Reality […]

Galleon inks fashion format deal with IMG

UK media company and rights holder Galleon Entertainment has inked a deal with IMG for its fashion format Super Fashion Stars. This follows the success of Galleon’s international sports format Super Soccer Star, which was a big hit in China. IMG, which is a big player in the fashion industry and represents models including Kate […]

House of Lords call for BBCWW privatisation, kids TV tax credits

The House of Lords has called for BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster, to be part privatised and has suggested that the government should introduce a new tax credit to boost the production of kids TV in the UK. The calls have been as part of the House of Lords Select […]

Natpe News: ITV takes Jeremy Kyle to the USA

UK talkshow host Jeremy Kyle is set to be launched in the United States after ITV Studios inked a deal with US distributor Debmar-Mercury. The news comes out of trade show Natpe, which started today in Las Vegas, where Debmar-Mercury are selling the show into syndication and are in talks with US broadcasters. The Jeremy […]

Millionaire: Most popular gameshow format in ’09

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? is the most popular gameshow in  the world according to ratings analysis carried out by TBI. This comes twelve years after the show’s launch on ITV in the UK. Compiling a list of the most-watched gameshows across the world’s major TV territories was almost like creating a gameshow format […]

Shine Int. sells Masterchef to raft of nets

Shine International, the international arm of the Elisabeth Murdoch-run UK indie producer, has sold its cooking series Masterchef to a raft of international broadcasters. This follows the news last month that Fox has greenlit a US version of the cooking format starring Gordon Ramsey and will produce it in association with Shine-owned US producer Reveille […]