Boom ups Hollie Abbott to director of development

ITV Studios-owned Welsh production company Boom has promoted Hollie Abbott to director of development. In her new role, she will focus on growing the development team and developing more new original programming for Boom’s slate, which includes UKTV’s Big Zuu’s Big Eats, BBC’s Daytime series, Dom Delivers, S4C’s crime drama 35 Diwrnod and More 4’s Historic House Rescue. Abbott joined Cardiff-based […]

Boomerang closes; slate split between Boom and Twofour

UK production company Boomerang, a part of ITV Studios (ITVS)-owned Twofour, is to close and some of its current slate move to ITVS stablemate Boom. Sam Grace, Boomerang’s director of programmes, will join Boom’s senior management team as its creative director, based in Cardiff, and report to MD Nia Thomas. During his time with Boomerang, […]

Keshet International adding to the MX

In December, Keshet International’s Asia chief, Gary Pudney, told TBI about the distributor’s plans for new offices and staff in the region. As NATPE Miami starts, the company’s Latin America boss, Kelly Wright, picks up the story, telling Stewart Clarke about plans for a Mexican production unit and an expanded local sales team. Keshet International […]

Telefe to become hub for Boom!

Argentinian broadcaster Telefe will launch an international production hub for Keshet International’s game show format Boom!. The partnership between the two firms comes after Telefe launched its version of the Israeli-born format on Septemer 30 to an average share of 32.9%. Keshet and Telefe will now offer the production base used for that show with […]

Quiz + game = broad entertainment

“Buyers have been looking for more than straightforward Q+A for some time; they want more escapist shows with more fun built in,” says one distribution boss, underlining the challenge of selling question and answer-based shows. Although Q+A lends itself very well to younger-skewing digital applications, buyers are wary quizzes skew old. One answer is to […]

Keshet Int’l launches US studio

Israel’s Keshet International has become the latest overseas content group to launch an LA-based production studio. Keshet Studios will oversee development, production, packaging, promotion and sales of Keshet’s scripted programming catalogue, which currently runs to more than 30 formats, in the US. Veteran drama executive Peter Traugott has been hired as Keshet Studios’s president of […]

Cambodia, Peru prepare for game show Boom!

Broadcasters in Cambodia and Peru are making local versions of Keshet International game show format Boom!. Bayon Radio and Television Cambodia has commissioned a “substantial” number of episodes and will produce the show in-house for broadcast on Bayon TV this summer. America TV in Peru will also get an in-house version, this one set to […]

News brief: Israel’s BOOM! sell to Kazahkstan

Keshet International game show BOOM! has sold to Kazakhstani net Channel Seven. Arai Production will produce a 34-episode version of the format, which launched in Spain to 15.6% audience share on Antena 3 on Tuesday (September 9). Fox in the US, TV2 in Hungary, VTM in Belgium and TF1 in France are also lining up […]

Dick Clark VP takes on Keshet JV role

Dick Clark Productions’ VP, programming and development, Assaf Blecher, is to oversee the US producer’s joint venture with Israel’s Keshet International. Blecher’s new role will see him manage programming and development at Keshet DCP, which DCP parent DC Media and Keshet launched last year to create unscripted programming for the US and international markets. Blecher […]

More deals for Keshet’s Boom! Format

Keshet International has shopped its new gameshow format Boom! to TV2 in Hungary and VTM in Belgium. The Israeli distributor launched the format this week at MIPTV and has been drip-feeding through announcements of international deals as the market progressed. It has struck deals with US broadcast network Fox, Spain’s Atresmedia and France’s TF1. The […]