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Ugly Delicious star David Chang launches TV business

David Chang, the famous chef and creator of Momofoku, founder of Lucky Peach magazine and star of Netflix’s Ugly Delicious, is launching a media and TV business named Majordomo Media. Chang will launch the outfit with business partner Christopher Chen and former Wired editor-in-chief Scott Dadich. Majordomo will be a multimedia business that is described […]

Dubuc ‘set for Vice’ after A+E exit

Nancy Dubuc is leaving her post as president and CEO of A+E Networks and is set to replace Shane Smith as chief executive of Vice Media. A+E’s chairman emeritus and former CEO, Abbe Raven, will return as acting chair while a replacement is found, with Dubuc (pictured right) leaving her post on April 16. It […]

Lagardère Studios acquires Dutch prodco Skyhigh TV

Lagardère Studios is investing in the Netherlands, securing a majority stake in Skyhigh TV. This follows the acquisition of Boomerang TV in Spain and Aito Media Group in Finland, as the French broadcast, production and sales group attempts to expand its European footprint. Skyhigh was created in 1999 and specialises in the production and distribution […]

Spain’s Zebra hires Navarrette from Azteca

Spanish producer Zebra Productions has hired Juan Navarrette from TV Azteca in Mexico. He will become senior executive producer at the prodco, which is part of the Izen Group. At Azteca, Navarrette he worked on primetime entertainment and formats. As well as working on formats of international shows, he created Baila si Puedes, Soy tu […]

ITV confirms Who Wants to Be a Millionaire reprisal

UK broadcaster ITV is bringing back quiz format Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The series, which Sony Pictures Television sells internationally, hasn’t been on British screens since 2014, but will return with Jeremy Clarkson as host. The new series will come from Sony-backed indie Stellify Media, and will run to seven 60-minute episodes. The […]

RTL to increase spend on VOD services

RTL Group will increase investment in its on-demand services in the territories where it has strong families of channels. The launch of new services based on the French 6play platform in Belgium, Hungary and Croatia over the next few months will the “the first example” of RTL’s plans, according to CEO Bert Habets. The company […]

Online net BBC Three lands £10m content investment

British online channel BBC Three has bagged an additional £10 million (US$13.9 million) for new formats as it expands its commissioning remit. BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh said the cash influx came at “an exciting creative moment for the channel and the production community”. This comes two years after BBC Three became the first major […]

Lionsgate brings Kim Kardashian’s prank show to Facebook

Lionsgate has partnered with Facebook to bring unscripted series You Kiddin’ Me, which is executive produced by Kim Kardashian West, to the latter’s Watch platform. The ten-episode series was inspired by Kardashian West’s own family antics, as a comedic prank series in which celebrities must do everything their own children say. You Kiddin’ Me will […]

Apple taps Sony for new Latin America head

Apple has hired Sony Pictures Television’s Angélica Guerra as its first head of Latin American programming at Apple Worldwide Video. Guerra will start next month and report to Morgan Wandell, Apple’s head of international creative development, who joined the company in October. The exec served as senior VP and managing director of production for Latin […]

Netflix orders talk show from Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj

Netflix is bringing in yet another talk show, this time with The Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj. The show is set to debut later this year. Netflix has committed to a 32-episode order, making Minhaj the first Indian-American host of a weekly comedy talk show. In the show, Minaj will explore the modern cultural and political […]