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Comment: How social media is influencing reality development

Love it or hate it, reality TV has firmly cemented its place within pop culture, becoming a firm favourite with audiences and content creators around the world – spanning all ages and demographics. In the UK, whether it’s Geordie Shore, Big Brother or Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, reality has proved to be one of the […]

News brief: Bravo greenlights Million Dollar Listing spin off

US cable channel Bravo Media has commissioned a new fact ent original, Million Dollar Listing Miami. The series, a spin off of the Million Dollar Listing format, follows the city of Miami’s top luxury real estate as they battle each other for business. World of Wonder Productions have been tapped to produce, with Fenton Bailey, […]

Rihanna’s Style series makes switch to Bravo

Rihanna-fronted competition reality show Styled to Rock has found carriage on NBCUniversal-owned Bravo after its previous home was canned in a restructure. The show, in which upcoming and coming designers compete to become a member of the pop star’s personal design team, was scheduled to broadcast on NBCU Cable Entertainment’s Style Network on November 5. […]

Bravo searches for America’s Best Restaurant with Ramsay prodco

NBCUniversal-owned cable net Bravo has acquired America’s Best Restaurant, a new series from Gordon Ramsay’s prodco One Potato Two Potato. The 11x60mins food competition series will be fronted by a “soon-to-be-announced top US chef and restaurateur”. It will pit some of the US’s top restaurants against each other to unearth which offers the best all-round […]

Studio Lambert UK format Gogglebox gets US remake

US network Bravo has commissioned a local version of the Studio Lambert’s British unscripted format Gogglebox (pictured). The show, known locally as The People’s Couch, will launch as a half-hour thre-episode series on the NBCUniversal-owned cable channel at 11.30pm ET/PT on Sunday, October 6. Each episode will follow real people as they watch the week’s […]

Shed staffs up for US reality

Warner Bros.-owned Shed Media has hired two new programming executives as it seeks to ramp up its reality programming activity in the US. Dan Snook (above) joins Shed Media US from Firecracker Films where he was senior VP, development, working on shows including Gypsy Sisters for Lifetime and Zombie Apocalypse for Discovery. At Shed he […]

Syfy launches catch up app, other NBCU nets to follow suit

NBCUniversal-owned US cable net Syfy has launched an app allowing viewers to watch shows a day after their TV transmission. NBCU said that its other cable networks will also launch branded catch-up apps soon. A Bravo app has already rolled out. The Syfy Now app is for Apple devices and downloadable through the App Store. […]

New hire for NBCU’s Monkey

NBCUniversal-owned Monkey Kingdom has recruited a new executive producer, Ollie Brack, from FremantleMedia’s UK prodco Talkback. Brack will work across UK-based producer Monkey’s entertainment and alternative formats for the US and UK markets. NBCU said he will play an instrumental role in creating talent-led shows along the lines of NBCU’s shows with Girls Aloud, Charlotte […]

Bravo orders drama based on divorce self help book

US cable network Bravo is piloting a new scripted series based on a best-selling self help book about divorce. The Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce will be based on the eponymous book series from writer, model and lawyer Vicky Iovine. It will tell the story of a famous author of a best-selling self-help book series who […]

Bravo launches new YouTube channel

NBCU-backed US cable network Bravo has launched What Happens Live Clubhouse!, a new YouTube channel. The channel launched last week (August 2) and will be fronted by Andy Cohen, BravoMedia’s executive VP, development & talent and the host of Bravo’s nightly Watch What Happens Live talkshow. He said: “The YouTube Clubhouse! channel creates a whole […]