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Big Brother exec leaving Endemol Shine’s Initial

Long-serving Initial executive Nick Samwell-Smith is leaving the Big Brother prodco after almost twenty years. The company is part of the Endemol Shine Group, which confirmed Samwell-Smith’s exit and added creative director Mirella Breda will step up to managing director. Samwell-Smith joined Initial in 1997 and was upped to creative director in 2006, and then […]

Endemol Shine formats buyer exits for new venture

Endemol Shine Group’s head of format acquisitions, Erik de Winter, is leaving the company to launch a content arm at advertising firm Dentsu Aegis Network, TBI has learned. Acquisitions manager Helen Cooper has been promoted to group acquisitions manager and will assume de Winter’s responsibilities at Endemol Shine. Staff were informed of de Winter’s departure […]

FremantleMedia poaches Johansen from Rubicon

FremantleMedia has hired Hegme Skjerven Johansen as head of development at its Norwegian operation, with the exec coming over from Endemol Shine prodco Rubicon. Johansen will report to Petter Testmann-Koch, MD of FremantleMedia Norway, when she joins next month. She will oversee the regional operation’s development efforts, working up new projects and adapting existing FremantleMedia […]

TLC gets Undressed with Zodiak Rights format

TLC has ordered local versions of social experiment format Undressed. The female-skewing Discovery-owned cable net will have country-specific Undressed formats for its UK and Ireland service, and its Dutch channel. The UK version of the Zodiak Rights-distributed show will run to 20x30mins and be produced by Fizz, a division of RDF Television, which is in […]

All3, Endemol Shine among 30 PactUS sign-ups

All3Media America and Endemol Shine North America are among 30 TV producers that have signed up to indies association PactUS as initial members. The 30 companies include All3 America and its family of prodcos – namely Bentley Productions, Bogner Content, Commonwealth Unscripted, Company Pictures, ID-TV, Lime, Lion Television USA, Maverick, MME Moviement, North One Television, […]

Netflix ‘could pit new Top Gear against Amazon’

SVOD service Netflix is reportedly planning to deflate the tyres of Amazon Studios new Jeremy Clarkson-fronted motoring show by acquiring rights to the BBC’s new-look Top Gear. The Guardian has reported that talks have begun between Netflix and the BBC, whose commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, sells the Top Gear format and finished tape internationally. BBCWW […]

CCTV has Eureka Moment with Fremantle format

China’s CCTV-1 has commissioned an 11x90mins version of Dutch format The Eureka Moment, which FremantleMedia sells internationally. FremantleMedia China is co-developing the series with CCTV Creation, which a wholly-owned production subsidiary of Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. Locally, The Eureka Moment will debut in June in a Sunday evening primetime slot. FremantleMedia-owned Blue Circle originally developed […]

TV4 recruits Finnish Nurses for format

Swedish commercial channel TV4 is to remake Finnish drama Nurses following a deal with distributor Eccho Rights. The resulting series will be TV4’s first medical drama. The commission is for two seasons, with the show known locally at Syrror and launching in the autumn. This comes after Eccho, which represents the Yellow Films & Television-created […]

Red Arrow promotes Baker to president

Red Arrow Entertainment Group has promoted its UK chief, James Baker, to president of the wider business. Baker (pictured) will keep his duties as managing director of Red Arrow UK and global scripted strategy, but increases his responsibilities at the ProSiebenSat.1 Media-owned production and distribution company. He will now manage global production operations, strategic initiatives […]

Fox orders Endemol Shine Germany format

US broadcaster Fox has ordered an eight-hour unscripted series, Superhuman, based on Endemol Shine Germany format The Brain. This comes after Fox aired a two-hour special of the format on January 4. The format sees contestants with extraordinary skills competing for a cash prize. In Germany, the series is in its sixth season, while distributor […]

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