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Bigger, better and celebrity-laden: Is the future of docs sustainable?

As documentaries cutting through on SVODs begin to look glossier and more high-profile by the day, Manori Ravindran investigates who gets to build careers in documentary when the standards become unachievable Director Doug Block has made a number of films over the course of an almost 30-year career – virtually none of them featuring high-profile […]

Endemol Shine scores brand-funded ‘Best.Cover.Ever’ adaptation in Brazil

Endemol Shine format Best.Cover.Ever has received its first international adaptation. Endemol Shine Brasil has partnered with Brazilian music festival VillaMix and global brewer AB for a local, brand-funded version of the music show, which debuted on YouTube. The branded entertainment show – which will be titled O Próximo Número 1 VillaMix – for AB InBev’s […]

ITV avoids trial with ‘Duck Dynasty’ producers

A lengthy legal battle between ITV and Duck Dynasty producer Gurney Productions has reached an end. ITV has acquired the remaining stake in the business, assuming full control of Gurney, which was founded by couple and partners Deirdre and Scott Gurney. The dispute between the businesses goes back to 2016, when ITV – which first […]

Dragonfly, Optomen and IWC land BBC commissions

Dragonfly TV and Optomen are among the prodcos to have scored recent documentary commissions with the BBC, while IWC Media is launching a book club for BBC Scotland.  BBC One has ordered six-part obs-doc series Birth (working title) from Dragonfly TV. The programme follows expectant parents and the staff who care for them at the UK’s busiest and […]

Banijay Asia, GroupM strike content deal targeting Indian market

Banijay Asia and GroupM India have struck up a content partnership targeting the Indian market. The deal will see GroupM’s Motion Content Group and Banijay Asia — the 50-50 JV between Banijay Group and media vet and former Endemol Shine India boss Deepak Dhar — creating both scripted and non-scripted content across a variety of […]

Quibi teams with MTV Studios to reboot ‘Punk’d’, ‘Singled Out’

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi has partnered with MTV Studios to reboot Punk’d and Singled Out for the forthcoming short-form, mobile-first platform. The two formats will be reimagined for the service, with each receiving a 20 x 10-minute episode order. Producer-distributor STXtelevision is to produce Punk’d in association with MTV Studios, while Singled Out will be solely […]

ITV entertainment boss Siobhan Greene departs

ITV entertainment boss Siobhan Greene has left the broadcaster to launch her own prodco. The exec will remain until September, overseeing continuing entertainment programming. She will also serve as an executive producer on Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – which she co-created – next year. ITV has appointed Katie Rawcliffe, who is currently creative […]

‘Love Island’ returns with record viewers despite recent controversy

The fifth series of ITV2’s Love Island has launched with 3.3m viewers — its most-watched launch to date — despite recent controversy surrounding the programme. The hit format, in which singles are coupled up in a villa in Mallorca for eight weeks, won the 9pm slot with a 18.5% share and peaked with 3.7m — […]

ITV confirms ‘Masked Singer’ to debut in 2020

ITV has confirmed that it is adapting hit Korean format The Masked Singer, as reported exclusively by TBI earlier this year.  The format will be a stripped, eight-part event that will TX in 2020. Argonon Group-backed producer Bandicoot will produce after having optioned the format a number of years ago, as previously reported. In the US, […]

BBC One builds NBC’s ‘The Wall’ in the UK

BBC One has ordered a UK version of NBC game show format The Wall, which will be produced by Remarkable Television, part of Endemol Shine UK. Hosted by EastEnders star Danny Dyer, The Wall (6×45 minutes) is due to launch later this year in prime time on Saturday nights, with questions voiced by Angela Rippon. […]

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