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‘Temptation Island’ travels to Spain

Banijay company Cuarzo TV and Mediaset España are set to create the first Spanish remake of Temptation Island (La Isla de las Tentaciones), based on the Banijay Rights-owned format. La Isla de las Tentaciones is the ultimate test of faithfulness, following dating couples at a pivotal time in their relationship, where they must mutually decide if […]

Hulu buys back minority stake from AT&T

Hulu has struck a deal with AT&T to take back a 9.5% minority stake from the company for $1.43bn, as the telecoms and media business looks to reduce its debt. The transaction valued Hulu a $15bn. It did not require any governmental or other third-party approvals and was simultaneously signed and closed. Hulu is part-owned […]

YouTube hires Fox veteran to boost unscripted

YouTube has hired Fox veteran Alex Piper to head up unscripted as it continues to shift its programming strategy. Piper was formerly VP of alternative programming at Fox, where he led development on series such as So You Think You Can Dance, Hell’s Kitchen and Cosmos. He joins as YouTube winds down its big-budget scripted […]

BAFTA fellowships revealed

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is set to honour Red Production’s Nicola Shindler and broadcaster and journalist Joan Bakewell at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards (12 May). Shindler (pictured) will be presented with a Special Award, recognising her outstanding contribution to TV production. In 1998, Shindler founded the award-winning […]

Apple hires A+E’s Molly Thompson to head documentaries

Apple has hired A+E Networks veteran Molly Thompson as its head of documentaries. Thompson founded A+E’s feature film banner, A&E IndieFilms, in 2003 – a unit that has commissioned, acquired and backed a variety of award-winning docs such as The September Issue, Jesus Camp and The Tillman Story. Thompson’s recent exec producer credits include Matt […]

Exclusive: Blue Ant Int’l inks first-look deal with Zeppelin Films

Blue Ant International has struck a first-look deal with former BBC commissioner Elliot Reed’s Rich Kids Go Homeless producer Zeppelin Films – its first such agreement out of the UK.  The distributor has inked an exclusive two-year first-look deal that gives the business format and distribution rights to all future content, including recent commissions such as 5 […]

MIPTV: The Big Deals

TBI looks at the top deals struck out of Cannes at last week’s MIPTV market. EUROPE ITV is believed to have aggressively outbid Channel 4 for the MBC Korea-distributed singing format The Masked Singer (above), as revealed by TBI. The format finds celebrities singing in full-body costumes and masks, with top contenders reaching series’ end while […]

TBI’s Content Innovation Awards 2019 are open for entries

TBI’s Content Innovation Awards are back for another year and now open for entries to celebrate the best of global talent and creative content. This year the competition features an exciting range of new categories and a new panel of distinguished judges to decide which have been the most innovative, exciting and outstanding products, services […]

Tencent picks up ‘Miss Fisher’ adaptation

China’s Tencent has picked up a Chinese adaptation of Australian series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Originally created by Every Cloud Productions, and based on books by Kerry Greenwood, the initial series revolved around the personal and professional life of Phryne Fisher, a glamourous private detective in the 1920s. Production has now begun in China on […]

Nadiya Hussain to deliver keynote at UK’s Children’s Media Conference

British Bake Off alum Nadiya Hussein is set to deliver the opening keynote interview at this year’s Children’s Media Conference (CMC), which takes place 2-4 July in Sheffield, UK. Since winning The Great British Bake Off in 2015, Hussain has built a brand speaking out on issue-based topics, including her struggle with panic disorder. Ahead […]