David Briggs


Fighting the pirates

Illegal downloads and streams are directly impacting the TV business, but how far are they changing the distribution models of tomorrow, and what can be done to stop the flow? Robert Shepherd reports The global TV industry has always faced major challenges. Whether it was uncertainty surrounding digital switchover, the ongoing lack of diversity on […]

Millionaire, Weakest Link execs draw Shortest Straw

Norway’s TV2 is attached the first major format pilot from UK-based development firm Boxatricks, with the co-creator of The Weakest Link attached. TV2 and the Israel-based TV Format Fund are backing the production of The Shortest Straw, with distributor Nordic World set to begin selling the format at MIPCOM in October. Additional unnamed investors are […]

Nordic World strikes UK formats deal

Distributor Nordic World has entered into a first-look partnership with recently-formed UK format creation outfit Boxatricks. Under the deal Nordic World, which is owned by public broadcasters TV2 Norway and TV4 Sweden, will have first rights to new formats created by Boxatricks. Boxatricks was formed in September 2013 by former Celador execs Steve Springford and […]

Millionaire creators open new formats business Boxatricks

The creators of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and former boss at Hat Trick and Celador have joined forces to launch a new firm, Boxatricks. The company will create gameshow and quiz formats as well as fact-ent projects. Michael Whitehill and David Briggs are the pair that created Millionaire, which went on to become […]