American Idol

Ryan Seacrest to present, produce Million Second Quiz

Ryan Seacrest has cemented his place at the top of the presenting tree on US television by landing the job to host NBC’s upcoming live gameshow The Million Second Quiz. Furthermore, The American Idol host will executive produce the show, which All3Media America, Studio Lambert and Universal Television are producing. However, Ryan Seacrest Productions is […]

Mike Darnell lands top Warner Bros. unscripted role

Former Fox reality guru Mike Darnell has joined Warner Bros. in a wide-ranging role that hands him control of Telepictures Productions and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Darnell will become Warner Bros. Television Group’s first president, unscripted and alternative television on August 12, reporting to WBTG’s president and chief content officer Peter Roth. The job gives […]

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 […]

NATPE News: Sony inks Lat-Am deal for Idol

FremantleMedia Enterprises has inked a raft of programming deals with buyers in Latin America, including Sony, which has picked up American Idol. The agreement sees Sony Pictures Entertainment buy season 12 of the music competition series. It has taken pan-regional rights for its pay TV networks in the region. Other deals include Turner-owned cable channel Glitz […]

Peter Chernin’s media firm gets Qatari cash boost

Qatar Holding has reportedly made a major investment in Peter Chernin’s media company The Chernin Group. Along with a large investment from private equity firm Providence, Chernin has about $300 million to fund expansion of his fledgling company, news wires reported. Former News Corp. COO Chernin will use the cash to invest in TV, film […]

Peter Chernin linked to Endemol, Core Media deal

Peter Chernin is reportedly in merger talks with formats giant Endemol and American Idol producer Core Media. The Los Angeles Times reported that Chernin is exploring the possibility of merging his television and film production company Chernin Entertainment with the two reality television firms. The deal would see Chernin become chairman of the new company […]