All3 brings in eOne exec for EMEA sales role

All3Media International has drafted in Entertainment One Television’s Graham Spencer to become senior VP, EMEA south. Spencer (pictured) is an experienced executive who has held senior sales roles at eOne, Warner Bros. International Television Production, 2waytraffic International and its predecessor Celador International. At All3’s international arm, he will report to executive VP, EMEA Stephen Driscoll. […]

Who Wants to be a Millionaire bets on Vegas

Production of the US version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire is relocating to Las Vegas where a live show will be filmed. The quiz show, which is in syndication in the US, will be produced out of the Bally’s hotel and casino complex for the 2016-17 season, which kicks off in September and will […]

Ex-Endemol, Sony execs launch new content company

Former Endemol and Sony executives Ed Louwerse and Julian Curtis have joined forces to launch a new distribution firm, Lineup Industries, TBI has learned. The pair will run the international business from an Amsterdam base, specialising in distributing formats. Louwerse was managing director and senior VP at Sony Pictures Television until last November. Curtis was […]

Ketelaar, Pflueger joining Sat.1 in reshuffle

Ex-Blazhoffski CEO Taco Ketelaar and RTL Croatia programming chief Kaspar Pflueger are joining German channel Sat.1 as part of a top level restructuring. ProSiebenSat.1 Media-owned Sat.1 has named a new top team that will operate under managing director Nicolas Paalzow. Within this, Ketelaar becomes senior VP, primetime entertainment on February 1, while Pflueger will join […]

Zodiak hires new entertainment VP

Zodiak Rights has recruited Andrew Sime as its new VP, entertainment. Sime joins from Turkey-based distributor Global Agency where he was head of acquisitions. In his new Zodiak role he will work with Zodiak in-house production companies and third party producers to develop formats with international potential. He will then oversee the distribution strategy of […]

Formats boss leaves Sony Pictures Television

Ed Louwerse has left Sony Pictures Television, TBI has learned. Louwerse, who left SPT last week, is one of the most experienced formats distribution executives in the international TV business having spent almost seven years at SPT after it acquired 2waytraffic. Prior to that he spent seven years at Endemol. Sony confirmed his departure to […]

Sales chief exits Absolutely Independent

The sales and marketing director of Netherlands-based formats house Absolutely Independent is exiting the company after nearly five years, TBI has learned. Gertjan van Valen has told colleagues he was exiting last week and that company CEO Patty Geneste and other staff members will assume his duties in the short term. TBI understands he is moving to […]

Hollywood Studio formats

Plans are underway to make some of the most iconic US shows ever for local broadcasters with international versions of 24, Breaking Bad, ER, Glee and Gossip Girl planned in countries as far afield as Israel and China. Shows including Prison Break, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives have already had the remake treatment and […]

Kees Abrahams’ Imagine Nation buys 50% of Absolutely Independent

Imagine Nation has bought a 50% stake in Netherlands-based formats distributor Absolutely Independent. Imagine Nation is the new company set up by ex-Sony and 2waytraffic boss Kees Abrahams and theatre impresario Robin de Levita, and Abrahams becomes co-chairman of Absolutely, alongside its founder and chief executive Patty Geneste. “I was looking for the right partner […]

Kees Abrahams and Robin de Levita fire up Imagine Nation

Former 2waytraffic and Sony Pictures Television boss Kees Abrahams has created Imagine Nation, a new TV, film and live events company with theatre impresario Robin de Levita. The new firm’s non-executive chairman will be another ex-Sony employee, Chris Pye, who has also worked at the BBC and ITV in the UK. Imagine Nation plans to […]