Dancing with the Stars


‘Dancing with the Stars’ waltzes to Myanmar

BBC Studios has sold the Dancing with the Stars format to Forever Group in Myanmar. A leading Myanmar private media broadcasting and production group, Forever Group will be producing Dancing with the Stars Myanmar for free-to-air terrestrial network Myanmar Radio and Television 4 (MRTV-4), which they jointly operate with the state-owned MRTV. The 15-episode series will premiere in October […]

BBCWW takes Dancing with the Stars to Spain

BBC Worldwide (BBWW) has taken its Dancing with the Stars format to Spain via public broadcaster TVE. This is the first time Spain has picked up the popular format, and the deal was signed during BBCWW’s annual Showcase event in February. The series in Spain will be titled Bailando con las Estrellas (WT) and will […]

Seven’s long serving production head resigns

Brad Lyons, Seven Network’s director of production, has resigned after 20 years at the company. Lyons will depart the Australian broadcaster at the end of the year. The Australian first reported that the exec will take voluntary redundancy. The exec joined Australia’s Seven Network in 1997 as head of infotainment, and took on a range […]

BBC merges Studios and Worldwide

UK pubcaster the BBC is merging its production arm, BBC Studios, and commercial division BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) into one entity. The BBC claims the move to plump for one commercial brand – BBC Studios – will bring it “into line with the rest of the industry” in an “increasingly competitive and global market for production […]

NBC hires ex-Endemol Shine unscripted exec

US broadcaster NBC has hired former Endemol Shine North America unscripted production chief Linda Giambrone. She has been named executive VP of production for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS), which launched earlier this year. She was most recently EVP and head of unscripted production at Endemol Shine North America (ESNA), but left […]

TF1 orders French version of Red Band Society

TF1 has ordered a local version of The Red Band Society, the Spain-originated medical drama that has previously travelled to Fox in the US. The French commercial broadcaster will run a six-part version of the show, which follows events inside a cancer ward in a kids hospital. Vema Production will make the French version, with […]

Bake Off spin-offs on the rise in Europe

Local versions of the celebrity version of the Bake Off format will hit French and German screens for the first time after BBC Worldwide shopped the series to free TV broadcaster M6 and its German counterpart Sat.1 on the eve of the annual Showcase. Worldwide’s local units will make the shows, which were among several […]

Dancing and X Factor exec lands Fox job

Former BBC Worldwide and Syco programming exec Rob Wade is the new head of alternative programming at Fox. Wade becomes president, alternative entertainment and specials at the US broadcast network. He has worked on the US versions of several big international entertainment shows. He was showrunner on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and exec producer […]

X Factor struggles down under, Dancing cancelled

Two of the biggest entertainment formats in the world, Dancing with the Stars and the X Factor, face an uncertain future in Australia. Both have run on free TV broadcaster Network Seven, which cancelled BBC Worldwide-distributed series Dancing with the Stars last week. Whether it ultimately comes back on Seven, or elsewhere, remains to be […]

BBC Worldwide rejigs Oz, NZ business

BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand is restructuring its sales operation, merging its TV, digital and formats units under one umbrella. Director of content sales Irene Read (pictured) will oversee the enlarged business, with Deborah Tod taking up a new post as head of content sales for Australia, with Sam Stacey handed a new post […]

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