Exclusive: Fremantle settles ‘Masked Singer’ format dispute in Ukraine

The Masked Singer distributor Fremantle and national broadcaster Ukraine have settled their format dispute with domestic rival 1+1 over an alleged copycatting of the hit entertainment show. The disagreement began in October when the broadcaster accused 1+1 of ripping off The Masked Singer with its show Maskarad, a local remake of Romanian format Mysteries In The Spotlight, which is sold by […]

Ukraine’s 1+1 to continue with ‘Masquerade’ as ‘Masked Singer’ dispute heats up

Ukrainian broadcaster 1+1 has said it is not planning to make any changes to its singing show Masquerade, as its dispute with The Masked Singer distributor Fremantle and local network TRK Ukraine continues. The disagreement began last month when TRK Ukraine accused rival 1+1 of ripping off The Masked Singer, arguing that the local remake of Antena’s Mysteries In […]

Fremantle & TRK Ukraine ‘explore sanctions’ against 1+1 in ‘Masked Singer’ dispute

The Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA) has said there are “striking similarities” between a Ukrainian remake of a Romanian entertainment show and The Masked Singer, as the format dispute between broadcast rivals 1+1 and TRK Ukraine heats up. TRK Ukraine accused 1+1 of ripping off The Masked Singer last month, arguing that the local remake of Antena’s Mysteries In […]

‘Masked Singer’ format dispute erupts in Ukraine

National TV channel Ukraine has accused its domestic rival 1+1 of ripping off its local version of hit format The Masked Singer. The broadcaster, owned by TRBC Ukraine, said that 1+1’s show Maskarad (The Masquerade), which was broadcast on 3 October, “illegally used the elements of the world-famous format of The Masked Singer.” The Masked Singer – which […]

News brief: Hackers target Ukraine Today

Hackers have taken down the website of the Ukraine Today news channel. The channel said yesterday that its site had come under a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) targeting its host servers in Ukraine. The result, Ukraine Today said, was that its site unavailable in several international territories. The news channel noted it and […]

Netflix-style CEE service, 1+1 take Hostages

A new Netflix-style SVOD service in central and eastern Europe and Ukrainian broadcaster 1+1 are the latest buyers of Israeli drama Hostages. SVOD service Pickbox.tv acquired the Armoza Formats-sold 10x60mins show earlier this summer and is offering it to customers in territories such as including Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Herzegovina and Montenegro. 1+1 will […]

Ukraine’s 1+1 calls on channels to bypass Russian content

Alexander Tkachenko, the general director of Ukrainian free-to-air broadcaster 1+1, has called for TV stations in the country to focus on producing their own content rather than Russian imports. Tkachenko made the call at an industry round-table event and comes as tensions continue between Russia and Ukraine. The 1+1 boss said that it was important […]

Ukraine’s 1+1 clamping down on Russian series

Ukrainian free-to-air broadcast group 1+1 Media has issued new guidelines on Russian-originated programming as the tensions and crisis between the two states continue. A 1+1 Media spokesman confirmed to TBI that changes were being made regarding Russian programming and noted that they will cover all of the channels the group operates. It runs seven channels […]

Separatists ‘demand Ukrainian channels go dark’

Leading Ukrainian cable operator Volia has reported pro-Russian separatists entered its premises and demanded that it suspend broadcasts of Ukrainian national channels 1+1 and Kanal 5. The separatists are calling for Volia to resume transmissions of previously banned Russian channels, it is claimed. The incident is said to have taken place at Volia’s regional office […]

Keshet hires former DCD exec as COO

The UK division of Keshet has recruited Sammy Nourmand as its chief operating officer. Nourmand, who was CEO of UK producer and distributior DCD Media until late 2012, will be COO of Keshet UK, the Israeli media company’s London-based division. Nourmand will report to Alon Shtruzman, CEO of Keshet International, and take responsibility for Keshet […]

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