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A&E locks in jail docu-series format

A+E Networks plans to launch a docu-series in which innocent civilians spend time in jail, in more than 100 territories. 60 Days In debuts on A&E in US cable on March 17 in a weekly 10pm slot, launching internationally in the same month. The twelve-part series will see seven people give up their freedom and […]

NBCU preps SVOD reality service in UK, Eire, Oz

NBCUniversal is launching a reality-themed direct-to-consumer OTT service called hayu featuring over 3,000 episodes of its stable of reality shows. TBI’s sister title DTVE broke the news this morning. The service will feature NBCU staples such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Made in Chelsea, The Real Housewives… and The Millionaire Matchmaker. It will be […]

Long Lost Family turns up on TLC

TLC has ordered a local version of the Long Lost Family format. The US cable net had piloted a US version of the evergreen series and has now ordered a full series, which will hit its air in March. The show is distributed by Lineup Industries, the independent distributor run by former Endemol and Sony […]

Turner, Canal Digital ink channels, on-demand deal

Nordic pay TV platform Canal Digital has agreed a new carriage deal for Turner’s channels. The deal gives Canal Digital continued carriage of the CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network and Boomerang channels. The new agreement also covers a swathe of archive and fresh content from the Turner channels that the pay TV platform can make available […]

LeBlanc confirmed as new Top Gear revs up

US star Matt LeBlanc has been named the co-presenter on iconic motoring series Top Gear. The Friends star will be part of the presenting team alongside Chris Evans as UK pubcaster the BBC readies the new version of the series. The long-running show was pulled from BBC Two in the wake of a scandal that […]

Rossellini confirmed for Sky Arts talent show

Actress Isabella Rossellini will host Master of Photography, a new talent show that will run on the Sky Arts channel. The Blue Velvet actress, also a successful model, will front the show alongside a three-strong judging panel (pictured) comprising noted photographers Rut Blees Luxemburg, Simon Frederick and Oliviero Toscani. In the eight-part show contestants from across Europe […]

Electus, Bear Grylls exec create Jackknife indie

Electus and Bear Grylls Ventures exec Delbert Shoopman have joined forces to create a new US-based independent prodco, Jackknife Media. Shoopman is head of production and head of branding at Grylls’ prodco BGV, and will remain in that position as well as running his new indie. “Electus and Bear Grylls Ventures have worked closely together […]

Orphan Black studio restructures as Boat Rocker

Canada’s Temple Street Productions has created a parent unit that will house an expanded group of content, rights and ventures companies. Boat Rocker Media’s creation comes after Fairfax Financial acquired Orphan Black coproducer Temple Street last year. It will be based in Toronto, with offices in New York and LA. Consolidated in the parent firm are […]

AMC channels boss Tuchman exiting

Bruce Tuchman is leaving US cable group AMC after five years running its international channels operation. Tuchman is president of AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global, and one of the best-known execs in the international channels business, having built AMC’s global channels operation and done the same for US studio MGM prior to that. TBI […]

Reality veteran creates prodco with Vidiots

US reality TV veteran producer Brian Flanagan has partnered with a pair of branded entertainment specialists to create new unscripted prodco Switchblade Entertainment. Flanagan is the founder of Magilla Entertainment, was also VP, current series and development at Endemol Shine North America-owned Original Media between 2007 and 2009, and counts series such as TLC’s Long […]

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