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Relativity files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Ryan Kavanaugh’s US film and TV indie studio Relativity has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The bankruptcy filing covers the movie business and the TV operation, which is run by Tom Forman (below) and makes series including Catfish, but not the company’s sports division or its joint venture operation with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp. The […]

News brief: Ukrainian channel to adapt MTV’s Catfish

Ukrainian network Novy Kanal is getting ready to adapt MTV’s online dating Catfish. The channel, part of the Starlight Media Group, has struck a deal with Viacom International Media Networks to produce the factual reality series. It goes into production later this month, and on air later this year. Season three of the originally US […]

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 […]

Viacom relaunches MTV in Russia

The MTV channel has relaunched in Russia. Viacom International Media Networks announced it would be launching fully-owned MTV Russia earlier this year and it has now rolled out in the territory in the basic tier packages of Rostelecom, NTV Plus and Megafon, reaching 2.3 million homes at launch. It is being programmed with MTV’s global […]

ABC Oz catches MTV’s Catfish

Australian public broadcaster ABC has bought MTV reality series Catfish. The show, based on the eponymous movie, follows young couples who fall in love online despite never having met in person. ABC’s public broadcast counterpart, SBS, has also acquired several MTV shows. It has picked up Dudesons in America, MTV Unplugged and Aziz Ansari sketch […]

Viewpoint: how social media rewired the formats business

Viacom International Media Network’s senior VP Caroline Beaton explains how social media has created a ‘revolution at the speed of light’ that’s affected every format creator in the business. Think back to the turn of the millennium, when format-based TV suddenly became a very big business indeed. In the UK, Who Wants to be a […]

Turner raids MTV for head of programming

Turner Broadcasting System has poached Chris Linn from MTV. Linn will be president and head of programming at TBS’ TruTV, responsible for all programming on the cable net including development and production of originals. Linn was executive VP of programming and head of production at the US MTV channel. At MTV he developed and oversaw […]