Seven fires Talpa’s Cannonball with ITV Studios

Australian commercial net Seven Network has commissioned ITV Studios Australia to create a local version of Talpa Media’s outdoor water-based format Cannonball. This represents the first fruit of an exclusive production partnership ITVS has with Talpa in Australia and the Nordic region. Both are part of UK broadcaster ITV, which bought Talpa last year. Cannonball […]

Nine’s Hotplate ‘shelved after format row’

Australian commercial network Nine has reportedly agreed to stop broadcasting its cooking competition series The Hotplate. This comes after the format became the centre of a dispute with Seven Network, which claimed the show was strikingly similar to its popular show My Kitchen Rules. The Australian Financial Review reported Nine has agreed to stop broadcasting […]

Spanish net learns How to Be

Israeli format How to Be is heading into Spain. Commercial broadcaster Cuatro has commissioned a version of the celebrity interview format, which will be known locally as Feis tu Feis. “Not only does How to Be allow us to go further than conventional interview formats, but more than that it gives us the chance to […]

Nine stocks up on international series

Australian free-to-air net Nine has ordered a local version of Travel Guides, the travel series that started out on ITV in the UK. The format (pictured) hails from All3Media-backed Studio Lambert and has holiday-makers reviewing popular travel destinations. The Nine version will take in Australian and international destinations. Nine will produce alongside Studio Lambert. The […]

BBC Worldwide creates Nordic base

BBC Worldwide is setting up a Nordic-specific production operation based in Denmark and has brought an exec over from Nordisk Film TV to run the division. The commercial arm of the UK pubcaster will fully own BBC Worldwide Productions Nordics. The new unit has partnered with Banijay’s Nordisk, which will make any BBCWW formats locally […]

Busoli’s Formata to sell ITV formats

Formata has inked a deal with ITV Studios and will shop its formats in the Brazilian market. Brazilian prodco Formata was formed last year by former FremantleMedia and Endemol exec Daniela Busoli, Patricia Cavalcante and Dody Sirena. It will sell ITV Studios formats to broadcasters and digital platforms in Brazil and, in some cases, will […]

Donald Trump, Univision settle $500m legal case

The US$500 million legal case between US Hispanic broadcaster Univision Communications and American presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been settled. Details of the settlement were not forthcoming, but relate to events set in motion when Trump called illegal Mexican immigrants “rapists”. Univision had dropped the Miss Universe telecast in protest of the comments that Trump, […]

Betty hires Optomen development chief

Discovery Communications-owned indie Betty has hired Optomen Television’s head of development. Damian Pitman will take the same post at the Bear Grylls: Mission Survive producer, where he will work closely with managing director Neil Smith. At Optomen, he helped develop the upcoming primetime series The Miracle for ITV and Employ Me for BBC Two. In […]

BBC assembles team for Top Gear reboot

The BBC has announced the full team for its much-anticipated new Top Gear series. Describing the upcoming British series as a ‘punchy reboot’ of the long-running motoring show, UK pubcaster the BBC announced the full seven-strong presenter line-up. From the motor-racing world, former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan will feature, as will German racing driver […]

Ex-Endemol Shine UK pair launch indie

Former Endemol Shine UK bosses David Flynn and Lucas Church have created a new independent studio, Youngest Media. The pair exited Endemol Shine Group last year following its creation at the end of 2014. They have now launched London-based Youngest, which is described as “a new breed of independent studio delivering “television, video and digital […]

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