HBO Max orders ‘Magic Mike’ reality competition series; Tatum & Soderbergh attached

WarnerMedia-owned US streamer HBO Max has ordered a new unscripted competition series based on the Magic Mike movie franchise, with Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh attached. The series, with the working title of The Real Magic Mike is being produced by Eureka Productions and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, in association with Warner Horizon, and is […]

Fremantle takes full control of Israeli ‘Shtisel’ prodco Abot Hameiri

European production giant Fremantle has taken full ownership of Israeli prodco Abot Hameiri. Founded in 2006 and headed by Eitan Abot and Guy Hameiri, the Tel Aviv-based outfit is behind programmes across scripted, entertainment and reality. Fremantle had acquired a 51% stake of the company in 2016 and has now increased that to 100% to […]

MIPTV round-up: ZEE & TBS to co-pro culinary travelogue; Pakistan’s TVOne acquires Turkey’s ‘Hercai’; FilmRise & FirstLookTV partner for true crime docuseries

ZEE & TBS to co-pro culinary travelogue India-based Zee and Japan’s Tokyo Broadcasting System have struck a co-production partnership and announced culinary travelogue The Spiceman Trails: Asia as their first venture together. The series will delve into the spice roots and routes of some of the most exotic countries of Asia, taking the audience across […]

NPO bites into ‘Sokkuri Sweets’ format for Netherlands

Dutch pubcaster NPO has ordered a local adaptation of Nippon TV’s Japanese gameshow format Sokkuri Sweets. Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) is to develop and produce the series, under the title Showcolade, which will air in primetime on NPO1 from this coming Sunday, 18 April. The culinary format features celebrities trying to tell the […]

Exclusive: Amazon’s global option deal for Banijay’s ‘Hunted’ revealed

Amazon Prime Video has a global option deal for local remakes of Banijay’s popular adventure reality format Hunted, TBI understands. The agreement effectively provides the streamer with a first-look at producing local versions of the show in countries across its footprint around the world. It is unclear when the deal – which excludes the UK […]

Fox orders mystery baking contest with Joel McHale

US-based Fox has commissioned a new investigative baking competition hosted by Community star Joel McHale. Crime Scene Kitchen is produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment and Fly On The Wall Entertainment, with Conrad Green, Allison Grodner, Rich Meehan and Joel McHale attached to executive produce. The show will debut on Fox and streaming platform Tubi on […]

BBC Studios restructures in Asia & creates new SVP of content role

BBC Studios (BBCS) has restructured its operations in India, South East Asia, Japan and Korea, appointing one of its existing execs to oversee the new division and creating a new SVP of content role in the region. Phil Hardman becomes SVP & GM for Asia at BBCS, with a remit across the global distribution teams […]

ITVS-owned Lifted boosts development team with trio of senior hires

ITV Studios-owned Lifted Entertainment has announced a trio of senior development hires. Ramy El-Bergamy has joined Lifted to spearhead development at its northern base in MediaCityUK, reporting to Lee McNicholas, who recently joined the label as creative director, North. Meanwhile, Sean O’Brien and Susannah Haley have joined the London-based team, as development producer and development executive, […]

Amazon orders Spanish adaptation of ‘The Great British Bake Off’

Amazon in Spain has ordered a 10-part local adaptation of Love Productions’ format The Great British Bake Off. Celebrity Bake Off España will be produced by local outfit Boxfish TV and feature 12 contestants as they attempt to impress judges with their cakes and pastries. The 10 x 50-minute show is being exec produced by […]

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