Viacom bringing Car Crash Couples to Cannes

Viacom International Media Networks is launching UK-originated dating format Car Crash Couples at MIPTV. The series was the first show to be commissioned by Viacom from 5Production, the production arm of Viacom-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5. The show goes out on the MTV channel in the UK and internationally and MTV will be selling the […]

Kabo to cultivate Hot Pepper at MIPTV

French distributor Kabo International has picked up worldwide distribution rights to Canadian gameshow Hot Pepper. Kabo, the sales arm of Kabo Family, will debut the format to buyers at MIPTV next month, working closely with another sales firm, Les Distributions Avati Ciné Vidéo. The show initially ran for eight seasons on TVA between 1993 and […]

Banijay sales staff set for Zodiak exit

Several of the Banijay International sales staff that transferred to Zodiak Rights are set to exit the new-look distributor, TBI understands, with one departure already confirmed. Multiple sources have said the former Banijay International sales team will all exit the business, which Tim Mutimer oversees. It is understood they have been offered redundancy packages or […]

Nippon, Red Arrow start Battle of the Homes

Japanese broadcaster Nippon is launching three new formats at MIPTV including Battle of the Homes, a new show developed with Red Arrow. Nippon, creator of hit format Dragon’s Den, will also launch fashion competition format Battle of the Homes, and dating series Love Liar at the market. Battle of the Homes is a fixed-rig format […]

Lineup inks deal with Forman’s Critical Content

Tom Forman’s new firm Critical Content has optioned two formats from Lineup Industries, one of which will be the next vehicle for Catfish pair Nev Schulman and Max Joseph. Critical will take Lineup-distributed Radio Gaga and What the..?! into the US market. Schulman and Joseph are set to front a US version of Radio Gaga. […]

Sky, ex-DNI boss buy into Sugar Films

European paycaster Sky and former Discovery Networks International CEO and president Mark Hollinger have bought stakes in UK production outfit Sugar Films. It is the first major industry news regarding Hollinger since he left Discovery’s international arm more than two years ago. He will become Sugar’s chairman as part of his investment into the company. […]

Five execs upped at Silverman’s Electus

The distribution arm of Ben Silverman’s IAC-backed content company Electus has promoted five of its execs. Following the changes, Cyrus Farrokh becomes senior VP and head of sales, and will oversee France, Italy, Scandinavia and Asia-Pac. He was promoted to a VP position in September 2013. Max Richards has been elevated to manager, sales and […]

Red Arrow declares Diet War at MIPTV

Red Arrow International will launch its My Diet is Better than Yours format at MIPTV next month. The format, from Red Arrow prodco Kinetic Content, debuted on ABC in the US in January. Internationally, Red Arrow is marketing the series as My Diet is Better than Yours. “The show is incredibly timely: diet fads, life […]

BBCWW driving The Getaway Car into Cannes

BBC Worldwide will launch its primetime driving-entertainment format The Getaway Car in Cannes next month. Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC, will host a launch event at the market with Andy Rowe, the exec producer of the UK version of the show, talking to buyers and answering questions. The format was created […]

108 has 115 hours for MIPTV, plans acquisitions

Toronto-based distribution company 108 Media is launching 115 hours of programming on its debut MIPTV slate, and will be hunting for new content at the market. 108’s market debut comes soon after it hired former Starz acquisitions executive Nancy Silverstone as head of acquisitions and content strategy. Silverstone will be “on the lookout for new […]

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