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Karsberg, Yeter make US formats switch at Zodiak

Swedish execs Joel Karsberg and Cem Yeter will move to the US to become joint chief creative officers at Zodiak Americas. The pair currently head up Zodiak Media production companies in Scandinavia, but will relocate as part of an effort to increase Zodiak’s unscripted development business in the US. They are credited with jointly leading […]

Dancing with the Stars secures new Lat Am commission

The much-travelled Dancing with the Stars is heading to Costa Rica after format distributor BBC Worldwide sold it to local channel Teletica. The net will produce its own version of the celebrity dance show this year. David Martinez, an actor and judge on Dancing with the Stars Panama, will join the judging panel. “I’m looking […]

DRG raids BBC, Shine and brings in Noel Hedges

DRG announced this morning that it has recruited commercial executives from BBC Worldwide and Shine Group, and TBI has learned it has brought in former Cineflix exec Noel Hedges. The Modern Times Group-owned producer and distributor has hired Richard Halliwell as its new chief operations officer. He joins from BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of […]

Cambodia goes Dancing With the Stars

A Cambodian broadcaster has ordered a local version of BBC Worldwide’s format Dancing With the Stars. Cambodian Television Network will premiere a local run of the show in mid-2014. CTN owner Cambodian Broadcasting Corporation is producing the show. “Cambodia is an important market in the growth of ou business in Asia – Earlier this year, […]

BBC Worldwide on board Starz Blackpool series

Blackpool is the next series to come under the Starz and BBC Worldwide production pact, TBI has learned. Starz announced the show earlier this year although BBC Worldwide’s involvement was not mentioned, but Starz has confirmed that the pair are codeveloping the series as part of their wider programming pact. Worldwide, the commercial arm of […]

Former E! president Berger resurfaces at ABC

ABC has recruited Lisa Berger as its executive VP, alternative series, specials and late night. She joins the US network having previously been at E! where she was president of entertainment. She stepped down from NBCUniversal’s Hollywood-focussed network in January. Berger was at E! for almost a decade and in her president role oversaw all […]

Electus poaches Henson for unscripted role

Ben Silverman’s multimedia studio Electus has hired ABC Entertainment alternative entertainment exec Corie Henson to become executive VP, unscripted television. Henson previously oversaw production of ABC unscripted series such as Dancing With the Stars, Shark Tank and Extreme Makeover, but has now taken the new role with US-based Electus. Beginning this month, she will oversee Electus’s unscripted […]

Formats to see in CEE

As NATPE Budapest gets underway, TBI speaks to the main players about selling formats into Central and Eastern Europe, breaking into emerging local territories and the booming market in constructed reality series Traditionally, the biggest buyers of formats in the CEE region have been Russia, Poland and Ukraine and while this triumvirate remain fertile ground […]

Shine America promotes production chief

Shine America has promoted unscripted TV veteran Linda Giambrone to the role of executive VP and head of production. Giambrone was previously senior VP and production head but has been upped after doing “a phenomenal job over the last two years overseeing all production aspects of our unscripted programming slate,” according to Shine America’s president […]

ABC takes up Quest

US broadcast network ABC has called on the producers of The Amazing Race and feature film The Lord of the Rings to help create a fantasy-themed reality adventure series. The Quest will follow 12 contestants that enter the world of ‘Everealm’ – a fantasy-themed set filled with “epic” challenges. Amazing Race creators Bertram van Munster […]