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Endemol Shine, CJ E&M create formats pact

Global producer Endemol Shine Group and South Korea’s CJ E&M have created a large-scale international coproduction pact. This will see the pair jointly creating, producing and distributing formats and series for the international market, with all intellectual property equally shared. They have already invested in an original non-scripted series, which CJ E&M has committed to […]

Endemol Shine, CJ E&M create formats pact

Global producer Endemol Shine Group and South Korea’s CJ E&M have created a large-scale international coproduction pact. This will see the pair jointly creating, producing and distributing formats and series for the international market, with all intellectual property equally shared. They have already invested in an original non-scripted series, which CJ E&M has committed to […]

Big Brother exec leaving Endemol Shine’s Initial

Long-serving Initial executive Nick Samwell-Smith is leaving the Big Brother prodco after almost twenty years. The company is part of the Endemol Shine Group, which confirmed Samwell-Smith’s exit and added creative director Mirella Breda will step up to managing director. Samwell-Smith joined Initial in 1997 and was upped to creative director in 2006, and then […]

Turner Laing to keynote at MIPCOM

Endemol Shine Group CEO Sophie Turner Laing will keynote at Cannes trade event MIPCOM in October. The event on Monday, October 5, will mark the first major industry she has presented at after taking on the top job at the merged Endemol, Shine Group and Core Media at the turn of the year. MIPCOM organiser […]

Caroline Beaton: Why niche is the new normal

In an increasingly fragmented TV landscape, should broadcasters and producers focus more on niche formats than on trying to recreate the entertainment and reality juggernauts of the noughties, says Viacom International Media Networks senior VP, international programme sales Caroline Beaton. We’re told we are living through a ‘golden age’ of television, with intensifying competition for […]

Big Brother to make Turkish debut

Turkey’s Star TV has ordered a local version of Big Brother, marking the first ever Turkish version of the classic reality format. Endemol Shine International distributes the show and struck the Star deal. Endemol Shine Turkey will produce the local series, which will run for 15 weeks and launch on Star this summer. There will […]

Big Brother returns to Mexico

Big Brother is heading back to Mexico after a decade away. The show most recently ran on Televisa in 2005, but is now coming back on platforms including PM Canal 5 and pay TV operator Sky Mexico. Casting begins next month in cities across the country, with a launch on PM Canal 5, which is […]

Endemol Shine sets up Balkan Big Brother hub

Endemol Shine Group has set up a production hub from which local versions of reality hit Big Brother will be made for broadcasters in the Balkans. The hub will be set up in Serbia and ESG said there will be local versions of the format returning to TV in Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia and Montenegro. […]

Endemol Shine debuts combined formats slate

Endemol Shine Group will for the first time be in Cannes with a combined formats slate including shows such as Big Brother (pictured) and MasterChef. Endemol and Shine merged their catalogues after their parent companies, Apollo Global Management and 21st Century Fox, respectively, merged the format companies’ operations last year. Following its recently inception, Endemol […]

Big Brother gets three season UK order

Channel 5 has committed to another three years of iconic reality show Big Brother. The Viacom-owned free-TV broadcaster will now air Big Brother until 2018. The deal, with series producer Endemol Shine Group, means Channel 5 will broadcast broadcast two series of Celebrity Big Brother and one series of Big Brother each year. Endemol Shine […]