Embarrassing Bodies

How the Rich Live Longer prospers

Channel 4’s How the Rich Live Longer has been picked up by a raft of international broadcasters. The one-off doc is distributed by independent distributor Orange Smarty, which has sold it into over 50 territories. International buyers of the show include TV3 in New Zealand, DR in Denmark, TVB in Hong Kong and Discovery Networks […]

Maverick poaches Ricochet exec for CEO post

All3Media-owned Maverick Television has poached the creative director of rival producer Ricochet to become its new CEO. Simon Knight will succeed Jim Mayer, who stepped down from the post at the Embarrassing Bodies prodco after a decade this past spring. His former co-CEO, Alexandra Fraser, quit the business in 2013. Knight has been creative chief […]

Zodiak Nederland lands Eyeworks development chief

Zodiak Nederland has hired former Eyeworks Nederland producer Jan Hendrik Smeenge has head of development. Smeenge (left) was formerly Eyeworks Nederland’s head of development, but is now joining the new look Dutch Zodiak, which brought on former Fox International Channels Benelux general programme director Peter Lubbers in March. He is replacing Tatiana Lagewaard, who joined […]

What next in the Netherlands?

From Big Brother to The Voice via Deal or No Deal and Splash! Dutch producers have proved time and again that they know how to construct an international television hit. But do deep budget cuts at the public broadcast group and the increasing influence of international content threaten the Netherlands’ status as a creative powerhouse? […]

Seven moves into UK production

Australia’s Seven Network is moving into UK production by setting up a local indie with a trio of former Maverick Television execs. 7Wonder will be based in London and helmed by Alexandra Fraser, Liza Abbott and Simon Ellse, who previously worked at Embarrassing Bodies prodco Maverick. Our success is built on our ability to create […]

Zodiak inks three-year Foxtel deal

Zodiak Rights has agreed a three-year deal woth Foxtel. The Australian pay TV operator will take a raft of Zodiak’s shows over the duration of the agreement. The first titles to head to Foxtel following include Embarrassing Bodies, Hardcore Pawn (pictured), Lizard Lick Towing, Rehab with Dr Drew and Wife Swap USA. The new deal […]

News brief: Alexandra Fraser quits Embarrassing Bodies producer Maverick

Alexandra Fraser, the co-CEO of Maverick, is leaving the UK producer after almost two decades. Maverick is best known as the producer of Embarrassing Bodies and is owned by UK super indie All3Media. Fraser said she will explore new opportunities, while also taking a consultancy role with All3Media. Her co-CEO Jim Sawyer will take full […]

News brief: Australia checks out Embarrassing Bodies

Shine Australia will produce the local series, titled Embarrassing Bodies Down Under, for Foxtel-owned channel LifeStyle YOU. It will feature Dr. Christian Jessen from the original UK series that broadcasts on Channel 4 (above). The format sees Jessen diagnose the ailments of embarrassed patients. Production on the Australian version begins next month. Hannah Barnes, Foxtel’s […]

MTG Studios options Scandi formats in France, UK and Germany

MTG Studios’ has secured options for key formats from its production company Strix, with producers in the UK, France and Germany and a commission in Finland. Maverick, the All3Media-owned producer of Embarrassing Bodies has optioned My Best Friend in which dogs are found new owners. Maverick’s Stephan Fleahy said: “My Best Friend is exactly the […]

Embarrassing sales for Zodiak

Zodiak Rights has sold fact-ent series Embarrassing Bodies to a raft of broadcasters. Broadcasters including Nine Network (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand), Discovery Italia (Italy), RTL (Holland), TV2 (Denmark), NRK (Norway), Fox (Finland), and Canal Vie (French Canada) have all bought season six of the series, in which people get medical help for a range of […]