White Label hires MGM & Netflix alums to head production

US unscripted prodco White Label Productions has appointed MGM alum Stephanie Wagner as SVP & head of production and former Netflix exec Katie Judkins as director of production. Both Wagner and Judkins report to company founder & CEO Chris Wagner and, working closely with production co-ordinator Sydney Summers, will take on a slate that in the past […]

YouTuber Joe Sugg launches prodco, with BBC Studios backing

Digital creator, actor, author and entertainment personality Joe Sugg is launching a new unscripted prodco, with backing from BBC Studios.  Final Straw Productions will focus on developing entertainment and factual entertainment formats for audiences of all ages, with the development, production, and distribution deal giving BBC Studios a first-look on all its content. Sugg is […]

A+E Networks & Viaplay stock up on factual in global Beyond Rights deals

A+E Networks, Viaplay and Bravo are among global broadcasters to have acquired a range of unscripted content following deals with distributor Beyond Rights. RTI Mediaset in Italy and Canal D for French Canada have both picked up End Of The Rope, a 6 x 60-minute obs-doc series from Big Coat Media about the high-octane world […]

Remarkable hires Tuesday’s Child & Hello Dolly alums to bolster development

Banijay UK label Remarkable Entertainment has appointed Simon Crossley as head of development and Roger Johnson as development producer. Reporting to Natalka Znak, who was named CEO of Remarkable and fellow UK label Initial at the end of last year, the two execs will join a team working on quiz, game show and entertainment formats […]

Viaplay Group orders Swedish version of Banijay adventure format ‘The Journey’

Viaplay Group has ordered The Journey – 15 Days In Nepal, a new reality adventure format for SVOD Viaplay and linear network TV3. Banijay-owned Swedish prodco Meter TV will produce the series, based on a format created by fellow Banijay label Mastiff TV Denmark. The series will follow six celebrities as they embark on an […]

Georgian pubcaster to adapt Israeli comedy ‘La Famiglia’

The Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) has ordered a local version of Israeli comedy format La Famiglia after acquiring the rights from ITV Studios-owned Armoza Formats. Produced by West Vector Production studio, the first season of the Georgian version will consist of 30 episodes. It joins other international adaptations, including in India where a second season […]

Greece’s Skai TV sets sail for ‘Love Island’

Skai TV in Greece has commissioned a local adaptation of popular reality dating format Love Island. Silverline will produced the Greek version of the ITV Studios and Motion Content Group format, which will debut this fall. Greece becomes the 23rd territory to commission the format, with the US version this week revealed to be the […]

WBD unveils top team in Germany, with Discovery veteran departing

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has unveiled its new-look team in Germany, with veteran exec Alberto Horta among those to depart. Horta had been VP of commercial development at WBD and led distribution, advertising and digital operations, as well as managing Germany’s Tele 5 channel. He had been with Discovery for 15 years, initially working for […]

‘Love Island USA’ becomes Peacock’s most-streamed unscripted show

Reality dating show Love Island USA has become Peacock’s most streamed unscripted original series in its first three weeks. The show has also had the third largest original launch overall on the streaming platform since its debut on 19 July, according to NBCUniversal-owned Peacock. The popular format moved to Peacock from linear service CBS earlier […]

Sat.1 takes Italian format ‘Back To School’ into Germany

ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany has picked up remake rights to Italian format Back To School and is prepping a local version. The show, sold via Mediaset Distribution, will be produced by Germany’s Cheerio Entertainment and requires four celebrities to each face a real elementary school exam in which they are tested on a subject they have prepared […]

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