Slew of local options for RASI formats ‘Beat The Channel’ & ‘Stealing The Show!’

Tin Can in the Netherlands and Bandicoot in the UK have both acquired the rights to produce local adaptations of entertainment format Stealing The Show!, while Boxfish in Spain, ITV France in France and July August Productions in Israel have all optioned Beat The Channel. Both formats were originally produced by Florida Entertainment for ProSieben […]

Bandicoot TV hires RDF & Initial alum to lead development

Bandicoot TV, the producer of the UK version of The Masked Singer, has hired former RDF, ITV and Fremantle execs to work across its development, talent and production operations. Kate Stannard joins as the Argonon-owned label’s first head of development, with a remit to identify, create and develop new formats across UK, US and international […]

Exclusive: Argonon CEO hits out at UK government for insurance delay

Argonon CEO James Burstall has said that delays in launching the UK’s £500m ($650m) insurance production fund were a “tragic missed opportunity” that cost jobs, adding that the UK government has a “lack of belief” in the country’s creative industries. Burstall – whose UK- and US-based group includes Masked Singer producer Bandicoot, factual outfit Windfall […]

TBI Formats: Delivering expectations on ‘The Masked Singer’

Bandicoot co-founders Derek McLean and Daniel Nettleton reflect on the pressures and challenges of remaking hit singing format The Masked Singer, which debuted on ITV earlier this year As a TV territory, the UK rightly prides itself on originality – and importing formats isn’t something we do all the time. So when it came to […]

TBI Formats: Why Korean IP will cut through globally for years to come

As part of our focus on delivering more incisive commentary on the global content business, TBI is launching a series of new strands of longer-form content, which will be delivered online to our viewers around the world. These daily, genre-focused features are designed to provide deeper insights into how the business is changing and feature […]

Mediaset takes Magnify Media car-based gameshow into Italy

Mediaset in Italy has ordered a local remake of an automotive-focused gameshow that was first ordered by the BBC in Scotland. Test Drive follows three teams as they embark on a road trip through beautiful scenery en route to a mystery destination. During the drive, they must answer questions via a specially adapted satnav, with […]

ITV’s ‘Masked Singer’ shapes up with host and judges confirmed

UK broadcaster ITV’s adaptation of The Masked Singer is shaping up, with a host and star-studded judging panel confirmed for the 2020 show. Comedian and presenter Joel Dommett – a known stand-up who has presented the likes of ITV2’s I’m A Celebrity…, Hey Tracey! and Singletown – will take on hosting duties for the talent […]

ITV confirms ‘Masked Singer’ to debut in 2020

ITV has confirmed that it is adapting hit Korean format The Masked Singer, as reported exclusively by TBI earlier this year.  The format will be a stripped, eight-part event that will TX in 2020. Argonon Group-backed producer Bandicoot will produce after having optioned the format a number of years ago, as previously reported. In the US, […]

Exclusive: ITV swoops for ‘The Masked Singer’

ITV has swooped for Fox’s hit format The Masked Singer, TBI understands. The UK broadcaster is believed to have aggressively outbid Channel 4 for the MBC Korea-distributed singing format, in which celebrities sing in full-body costumes and masks, with top contenders reaching series’ end while keeping their identities hidden. The local production is thought to […]

Exclusive: Fox’s Masked Singer optioned in the UK

Argonon Group-backed producer Bandicoot Television has optioned Fox’s hit format The Masked Singer for the UK. The format debuted on the US broadcaster on 2 January in a Wednesday 9pm slot, drawing more than 9m viewers and marking the highest rated unscripted debut on any US network in seven years, topping The X Factor’s September 2011 launch. […]