Big Brother


Germany returns to ‘Big Brother’

German broadcaster Sat.1 has ordered a local version of Endemol Shine Group (ESG)’s reality format Big Brother, five years after the show last aired in the country. It will be produced by Endemol Shine Germany, which is also behind a forthcoming celebrity version that is set to launch 9 August, and marks the latest revival […]

Big Brother makes a comeback in Poland & Finland

Endemol Shine Group’s Big Brother is returning to Poland and Finland after a hiatus. ESG has been commissioned by Poland’s original carrier of the show, TVN, to produce a new series which will air in spring 2019 on TVN7. The originals series launched in the country in 2001. Meanwhile, Nelonen Media is onboard for a […]

Viacom to benefit from Disney/Fox “distraction”

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish has that the Disney/Fox merger represents a “significant positive” for the business, which stands to benefit from exec changes and creative “dislocation”. Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild event in London on Wednesday (19 September), Bakish said the merger “has provided a very real opportunity to acquire talent in the form […]

Channel 5 axes Big Brother as Endemol sale heats up

Channel 5 has cancelled Big Brother after eight years on the Viacom-owned broadcaster. The channel has confirmed that series 19, which launched on C5 on Friday (14 September), will be the final run for the Initial-produced programme. A finale is slated for 5 November. Spin-off Celebrity Big Brother has also been axed. C5 and producer […]

Potato gains Powers through Love hire

ITV Studios (ITVS)-owned prodco Potato has hired Love Productions executive producer Sharon Powers. She joins the Ninja Warrior UK producer this week as a creative director, having previously been executive producer at The Great British Bake Off prodco Love. Potato managing director Martin Kelpie said the hire was strategic. “I’ve made no secret of the […]

De Mol helps creators find ‘The Fastest Way to Screen’

John de Mol and his Talpa Network are introducing ‘The Fastest Way to the Screen’ – a format ‘accelerator’ that gives international creators a chance to gain straight-to-series orders, and has hired former Sony exec Lisette van Diepen to lead it. The Fastest Way to the Screen will accept pitches for non-released, new original paper […]

New Star Trek leads to ‘record’ CBS SVOD sign-ups

Sunday’s premiere of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access, CBS’s streaming service, is said to have “broken a record” for subscriber sign-ups in a single day. CBS says it has beaten the previous record achieved by the 2017 Grammy Awards. CBS All Access also experienced it’s best week and month for sign-ups due to […]

Dalton’s ITV move sparks Endemol Shine rejig

Endemol Shine Group (ESG) has rejigged its Central and Eastern Europe sales team following the departure of Pascal Dalton for ITV Studios (ITS). Dalton (pictured) is exiting his post as regional sales director for the CEE at MasterChef and Big Brother distributor Endemol Shine International (ESI) after eight years, and will become VP of global […]

Endemol Shine dismisses Turkish chiefs

Endemol Shine Group has dismissed the CEO and commercial chief of its Turkish division after “serious” management issues were discovered. Chief exec Gokan Tatarer and chief commercial officer Hakan Eren were axed after the 21st Century Fox-backed production and distribution giant had launched a review of the Turkish business. Though the review had been called […]

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