Sharples out as Endemol restructures Asia operations

Global producer and distributor Endemol has restructured its Asian operations in a shake-up that will see the departure of Edward Sharples, managing director of its South East Asian business since 2004. The company is also set to move its South East Asian business headquarters from Bangkok to Hong Kong. All Endemol operations across the region […]

Armoza sells Israeli comedy format into Eastern Europe

Israeli producer and distributor Armoza Formats has sold comedy format Life Isn’t Everything to FTV Prima, the second largest broadcaster in the Czech Republic. Prima will make a local version of the show, which has run to over 120 episodes over eight seasons on Channel 2 in Israel, where it generates over a 30% share, […]

Channel 4 CEO Andy Duncan confirms departure

Channel 4 CEO Andy Duncan will step down by the end of the year the UK broadcaster has confirmed. Speculation over Duncan’s position reached fever pitch in recent weeks and he confirmed his departure this morning, ending his five-year tenure in charge. Duncan issued a statement saying: “Having coped with dramatic structural change and an […]

Millimages buys into French toon studio

French production company Millimages has taken a minority stake in French studio Les Films de la Perrine. Millimages said that the two will combine development and editorial resources. The company has also recruited Les Films de la Perrine’s Florence Marshall who will become art director and script editor for upcoming Millimages’ series. No financial details […]

Former Zodiak exec launches Scorpion TV

Former Zodiak Entertainment exec David Cornwall has created a new distribution company Scorpion TV and is set to launch a raft of factual series at MIPCOM. Scorpion launched after Cornwall left Zodiak Entertainment, which was formed by the merger of France’s Marathon and Zodiak Television after both were acquired by Italian media group De Agostini […]

BBC to produce UK version of So You Think You Can Dance

British public broadcaster the BBC is set to produce a local version of hit US dance series So You Think You Can Dance. The move is surprising as its rare that the broadcaster will  acquire the format rights to a long running US series. The series was originally created by former Spice Girls manager Simon […]

Big Brother gets new series order in Germany

RTL2 has ordered another season of Endemol’s reality show Big Brother, taking it into its tenth season in Germany. The free-to-air broadcaster will air the show daily, in primetime. The ninth series of the show finished in December on RTL2 and performed well for the free-to-air broadcaster with a peak audience over 40% above its […]

CBS partners with Chello for UK channels

CBS Studios International has teamed with Chellomedia and a range of CBS-branded channels will launch in the UK. The partners will create the new offerings from the six channels in Chellomedia’s UK channel portfolio, which is operated by its broadcast arm Chello Zone. CBS will contribute programming from its catalogue. The current Chello Zone portfolio […]

RDF’s US Secret Millionaire lands at ABC

US network ABC has ordered a new season of Secret Millionaire from RDF USA. The first season of the unscripted format went out on Fox at the end of last year where it won four of its six timeslots, but it will now shift to ABC. The show is based on the RDF UK format […]

TMG making $25.5 million Moby Dick

German producer and distributor Tele München Group (TMG) is making a US$25.5 million version of Herman Melville’s classic whale tale Moby Dick. Actors William Hurt and Ethan Hawke are on board as Captain Ahab and first officer Starbuck respectively. RTL, ORF and RHI are also on board the show, which will be the most expensive […]