Andrew Zein


UK Screenings: Warner Bros. bets on US primetime

Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) makes its debut at UK Screenings this year, with the studio’s global division presenting three punchy primetime formats premiering in the US across the next month The involvement of WBITVP – which is sharing a venue with ITV Studios – is a reflection of the “range and breadth” of […]

Warner Bros. int’l production director exiting

Warner Bros. International Television Production’s director of production, Lesley Davies, is exiting the business, TBI has learned. Davies has been with London-based Warner Bros.’s international TV production unit since 2011, having previously been a producer on The Voice. Her post saw her consulting on and executive-producing various WBITVP formats in local territories, reporting to WBITVP […]

Little Big Shots goes big

Warner Bros. has secured a raft of new deals for its Little Big Shots, format including getting a local version away with ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany. The series launched on NBC in the US, with a second season commissioned, and showcases the skills of gifted children. Warner Bros. International Television Production sells the format, and has […]

Wowow opens Japanese Cold Case

Japanese premium cabler Wowow has ordered a local version of Cold Case, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced US procedural. Warner Bros. International Television Production owns rights to the formats and struck the Japanese deal, with Wowow’s Drama W division producing the local version. It marks the first time the US series, which ran on US net CBS […]

Warner Bros. hires Bachelor Oz exec from Shine

Warner Bros. International Television Production has hired the executive producer of its Australian Network Ten series The Bachelor. Shaun Murphy has been named as WBITVP’s head of entertainment in Australia after three years of producing flagship format The Bachelor. He joins from Shine Australia and has 20 years of production experience. The creation of his […]

Burnett, Darnell ask 500 Questions in Cannes

US production gurus Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell will be in Cannes next week at an exclusive preview event for their ABC gameshow 500 Questions. The primetime show’s presenter, CNN’s Richard Quest, will also meet buyers at the event on Monday, April 13. Burnett is exec producer of the ABC show and Darnell creator. The event […]

Warner sells first Eyeworks format post-takeover

Warner Bros. has made its first deals for Eyeworks-developed formats following its takeover of the Dutch-based production group last month. Warner Bros. International Television Production has placed nude dating format Adam Looking for Eve to German network RTL and Cuatro in Spain. WBITVP took over sales of Eyeworks formats after Warner Bros. Television Group bought […]

BBC One finds The Link, Warner attached for sales

UK channel BBC One has commissioned a quiz show in which teams attempt to find the link between questions, with Warner Bros.’s international unit attached to sell the format rights. The Link will run on BBC One as a 25-episode series in a daytime slot, with Scotland’s STV Productions beginning production later this month in […]

Warner Bros. seals ER, Gossip Girl, Liars format deals

US drama series ER, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars will be remade in Asia after Warner Bros. cut format deals with partners in the region. A Filipino version of teen mystery drama Pretty Little Liars is in production with ABC Development Corporation making the 22-episode series for the TV5 channel. The US original is […]

Executive predictions: TV on 2014

As another eventful year in television draws to a close, leading industry figures – including Warner Bros. formats boss Andrew Zein, BBC Worldwide’s Western Europe chief David Weiland and NBCUniversal’s David Mortimer – predict the trends and moments that will define the next 12 months.   Next year I am looking forward to the launch of a […]

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