Ben Silverman

International broadcasters buy Ben Silverman’s Bet on Your Baby

The sales arm of US producer and distributor Electus has shopped gameshow Bet on Your Baby to a host of international partners. Network Ten in Australia, TV Globo in Brazil, 1+1 in Ukraine and an unspecified French broadcaster have all acquired the format of the show in which parents place bets on their baby’s next […]

Electus picks up multiplatform series Beat Girl

Ben Silverman’s Electus has acquired US rights to Beat Girl, the multiplatform show from beActive. Electus has taken North American format rights to the property, which was created by beActive founder Nuno Bernardo and was originally produced in the UK last year. The property, which spans web series, book and TV series component, is a […]

ABC orders Ben Silverman’s Bet On Your Baby

US network ABC has ordered Bet on Your Baby, a new gameshow from Ben Silverman’s Electus and 5×5 Media. In the hour-long show, which will be hosted by US comedian Melissa Peterman, parents try to predict their child’s next move in an effort to win US$50,000 towards their child’s education. The eight-episode series will premiere […]

Harvey Weinstein preps TV version of Miramax movie Shall We Dance?

Harvey Weinstein has told TBI that he plans to make a TV version of Shall We Dance?, the 2004 Miramax romantic comedy that starred Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez. The news comes as The Weinstein Company plans to move more heavily into scripted TV and its president of TV, Meryl Poster, also told TBI that it […]

Electus International picks up H2 series

Ben Silverman’s Electus has taken international rights to America Unearthed, a new unscripted show for A+E Networks H2 (The History Channel 2). Electus International will shop the series to international broadcasters at MIPCOM. America Unearthed, which will launch on December 21, is produced by Committee Films, the company behind History documentaries Who Really Discovered America […]

Ben Silverman’s Electus and The Rock looking for a hero for TNT

Ben Silverman’s Electus is making a reality competition show for US cable network TNT, The Hero. The eight-episode series will be fronted and exec produced by actor and wrestler The Rock and debut on TNT next summer. In the show, ten ordinary people live together in a house and are assigned  missions that set out […]

Ben Silverman: Past, present, future

Ben Silverman is a US media executive with a rare understanding of the international TV market. Having been instrumental in bringing numerous shows and formats to the US, he, by way of a stint at NBC, founded Electus. He talks to TBI about the shows he believes have shaped the TV business and the Electus […]