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TBI Formats: Year in Review

The best-sellers, the trend makers, the battles, the emerging territories, the industry favourites… here is the TBI Formats Year in Review. If This Time Next Year and Lip Sync Battle were among the best sellers, there were also new distributors on the ground this year. Twenty-sixteen was the first full year for Vivendi’s new formats […]

Canal+ takes Kissman stake

French commercial broadcaster Canal+ has taken a 50% stake in Kissman Production Group. Kissman is the prodco of Jamel Debbouze, whose comedy-entertainment series Jamel Comedy Club is a fixture on Canal+. Following the investment, financial terms of which were not disclosed, Canal+ and Kissman will work to develop new TV and digital projects in the […]

Broadcasters buy Back to the Future special

Several broadcasters including History in the US have acquired Back to the Present, the pop-science and entertainment special released to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of classic movie Back to Future II. The show is distributed by Can’t Stop Media, the London-based content specialist recently acquired by Vivendi as part of the French media giant’s […]

Undercover Leader rises with Can’t Stop

Matthieu Porte’s boutique distributor Can’t Stop Media has bagged spaces rights to Undercover Leader, a politics-themed format current making waves in France. The format, from indie Equilibre Production and for Canal+-owned D8, sees top-ranking politicians anonymously take on jobs and roles of ordinary people to understand the hardships of their constituents. Their identities are hidden […]

Can’t Stop goes Back to the Present

Matthieu Porte’s Can’t Stop Media has brought a documentary that’s timed to launch as seminal 1980s movie Back to the Future turns 30. Canal+ in France has commissioned Back to the Present, which will look at what predictions from the film have come to pass. The original suggested a number of technological advances would have happened by October 21, […]

Mum of the Week lined up in four more territories

French format Mum of the Week is being remade for four international broadcasters in territories ranging from Poland to Turkey. Furthermore, UK-based distributor Can’t Stop Media said the format, which French DTT channel D8 originally commissioned, is in development in another 12 territories. Among the announced commissions, Finnish broadcaster Nelonen has ordered a 10-part run […]

International deals for That Awkward Moment comedy format

German broadcaster WDR, part of pubcaster ARD, and SBS in the Netherlands have picked up new comedy format That Awkward Moment. The comedy sketch show recreates real-life awkward moments. It was originally created by production firm Dedsit for Belgium’s Flemish commercial broadcaster VMMA, which put it out on its 2BE channel. It was a big […]

Matthieu Porte’s Can’t Stop inks trio of Ukraine deals

Ukrainian free-to-air broadcaster ICTV has ordered local versions of German-originated scripted reality formats Customs Investigators and Special Forces (pictured). The series were created by German producer Blueprint Entertainment and air on RTL2 in Germany. The shows are distributed by Can’t Stop Media, the formats business created by former Zodiak executive Matthieu Porte. Can’t Stop and […]

Sony’s Toro taking the The Ultimate Music Battle into Italy

Sony-owned Italian production company Toro Produzioni has optioned music format Grande Battle (aka The Ultimate Music Battle) and plans to make the show in Italy. The show, which won the Best Format award at last year’s Eurovision Creative Forum, is a musical talent series in which participants are selected via the internet. The selected contestants […]

Matthieu Porte’s Can’t Stop sells Slam to Turkey as it hits 1,000 eps

Distributor Can’t Stop Media has sold Slam into Turkey. The news comes as the gameshow format reaches the thousand episode mark in France, on France 3. The crossword and trivia-based gameshow will air on TRT’s TRT School channel in Turkey. The Turkish version will be made by local producer Medyalabsinema. The initial order is for […]