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Lifetime hires new unscripted VP

US cable channel Lifetime has hired a new VP, non-fiction programming. Mioshi Hill joins the A+E Networks-owned channel from indie Hudsun Media, where she was senior VP, development and creative affairs. She has executive produced unscripted US cable shows such as I’m Having Their Baby, The Doc Club and Pregnant in Heels, and also delivered […]

NATPE: RCN to adapt BBCWW format

BBC Worldwide’s format You’re Back in the Room is being formatted for the Latin American market for the first time. Colombian broadcaster RCN is remaking the show as Hipnosis: Un Juego de Mente, with indie Miracol Media attached to produce 15 one-hour episodes. The format comes from UK producer Tuesday’s Child, which former Shine TV […]

Shillinglaw exits in BBC channels rejig

BBC Two and Four controller Kim Shillinglaw (pictured) is to leave the UK pubcaster, as part of a wider restructure that sees Charlotte Moore take over all channels and the iPlayer. Moore (below, right) has been named controller, TV channels and iPlayer for the BBC following an internal recruitment process, which was designed to create […]

NATPE: Fremantle, Telefe strike development deal

FremantleMedia and Telefe have agreed a two-year development deal. The deal between the production and distribution group and the Argentine free-to-air broadcaster will run for two years and cover entertainment and unscripted formats. The shows, which will target Telefe’s domestic market and audiences throughout the rest of Latin America, will be distributed elsewhere in the […]

NATPE: Comarex names veteran as president

Mexican content distributor Comarex has named veteran sales executive Marcel Vinay Sr. as its new president. He joined the company on a full-time basis yesterday as NATPE got underway in Miami. Vinay Sr. was most recently VP of international sales at TV Azteca, and he will now work alongside his son, Marcel Vinay Jr., who […]

Viacom ups Sharma in Asia

Viacom International Media Networks has promoted Paras Sharma to senior VP, MTV and Comedy Central brands and digital media in Asia. The new post sees Sharma exploring opportunities to launch new Viacom adult-skewing brands in Asia, along with his existing duties. Male-skewed Spike is one possibility, with Viacom last year debuting the brand in UK […]

Show of the week: Marry Me Now

Marry Me Now is borne out of Armoza’s annual Formagination formats competition. Comedian Odelia Yakir successfully pitched the idea and presents the pilot of the show, in which women prepare for their wedding over a three-day period. The twist is the groom does not know what is happening, with the would-be bride popping the question, […]

EU’s copyright changes can be cause for cheer

Compact Media’s CEO, David Johnson, argues last month’s communication from the European Commission on new copyright laws should offer “cautious optimism” to the international television industry. It would be an understatement to say that 2015 was a busy year for the creative industry. Not only did the pace of change from new business and technology […]

Twofour poaches BBC exec for formats

TwoFour has hired Ana De Moraes as its new formats chief. The seasoned formats exec joins UK prodco and distributor TwoFour from the BBC where she was brought in, in February 2014, by former television chief Danny Cohen as creative director. At TwoFour she takes a newly-created role, and has been tasked with growing the […]

Burnett behind Fox dating series

US broadcaster Fox has ordered a ten-part dating reality series from new MGM Television president Mark Burnett. The untitled series will be shot in the Caribbean, and see make and female who are matched on ‘instant chemistry’. This comes after producer Burnett became president of MGM TV last month after US studio MGM bought out […]