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Banijay & Zodiak: the story so far

Will television’s latest super group be called ‘Banijak’, ‘Zodijay’ and plain old ‘Banijay-Zodiak Group’? Zodiak Media and Banijay Group are set to form a powerful production and distribution group with strong assets in the UK, US, France, Germany, Italy and central and eastern Europe among other territories. Deal confirmation came early Tuesday afternoon following weeks […]

American Idol axed amid falling ratings

Long-running US singing format American Idol is headed for the scrapheap after broadcaster Fox cancelled the show. The show’s fifteenth and final season next January, with the finale bringing to a close what was once the US’s largest programme. Ratings have been slipping, and are currently down below nine million per episode. The move is […]

Fox, Apollo plan Endemol, Shine, Core merger

21st Century Fox plans to create a joint venture with fund manager Apollo Global Management that would house a combined group of Endemol, Shine and CORE Media. Fox, Apollo plan to merge three major global production companies Move would bring Big Brother, MasterChef and Idol franchises together for first time No guarantee of deal, but […]

Former Ingenious boss heading new media investment firm

Patrick Bradley (left) will head up Station 12, a new media and entertainment investment firm that will sink funding into fast-growing companies in the sector. Bradley is the former boss of Ingenious Ventures, the private investment business that has backed 19 Entertainment and DRG among others. Patrick McKenna, the entrepreneur behind Ingenious, will advise the […]

News brief: Colombia adapting Idols

Colombian broadcaster RCN is adapting FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment talent format Idols. This marks the first time the format has been made in Colombia. Idol Colombia will broadcast in spring this year and become the 47th version of the show. Its distributor, FremantleMedia International, has unveiled a batch of finished and format sales at NATPE […]

Saban Brands appoints ex-Viggle CEO as COO

Power Rangers owner Saban Brands has appointed Janet Scardino to the role of COO. Scardino, who exited social TV firm Viggle last September, will join LA-based Saban to oversee its media operations across television, digital and games. She’ll also work closely on content distribution and ad sales for the firm’s properties, which include brands such […]

Former Friday TV chief to revamp American Idol

Swedish reality TV executive Per Blankens is heading to the US to become an executive producer on Fox’s flagging talent format American Idol. Blankens will join the show in its upcoming 13th season. He will join News Corp. veteran David Hill on the 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America-produced series. This comes after Nigel Lythgoe […]