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Amazon cancels conspiracy thriller ‘Utopia’ after one season

Amazon has cancelled conspiracy thriller Utopia after just one season. The show, which was a straight-to-series adaptation of the British drama of the same name, was written and showrun by Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn, and premiered on Amazon Prime Video in September. The story follows a group of comic book-obsessed young adults […]

News round-up: Orange Smarty sells 500+ factual hours; Fox building ‘Lego Masters’ S2; Fremantle gets ‘Tough As Nails’ in format deal

Orange Smarty sells 500+ factual hours Broadcasters TV4 in Sweden, Ananey in Israel, HRT in Croatia and Nine Network in Australia have collectively acquired more than 500 hours of premium factual content following deals with UK-based indie distributor Orange Smarty. TV4 entered into a two-year, 320-hour agreement for property-search format A Place In The Sun. […]

TBI In Conversation: Building an American ‘Utopia’ with Sharon Levy

TBI’s Mark Layton speaks to Sharon Levy, president of unscripted and scripted programming at Endemol Shine North America, about upcoming thriller Utopia, ahead of the series launch this week. While some scripted TV execs might have been tempted to hog the glory for getting John Cusack onboard his first drama series role, Sharon Levy is […]

Endemol Shine starts ‘Domino Effect’ competition format with YouTube talent

Lego Masters US producer Endemol Shine North America (ESNA) is moving into the dominoes game. The Banijay-owned production division has struck a deal with YouTube domino star Lily Hevesh and is developing a first-of-its-kind domino art competition series with the artist, whose online channels have garnered more than a billion views. Domino Effect is described as […]

Endemol Shine extends deals for Truly Original’s Glenda Hersh & Steven Weinstock

Endemol Shine Group has extended the deals of Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, toppers at The Real Housewives Of Atlanta prodco Truly Original. The agreement will see the duo remain co-presidents and co-CEOs of the unscripted TV production company, which was originally founded as True Entertainment in 2000. The company was acquired by Endemol in […]

Fox doubles down on Korean formats with CJ ENM singing format

US broadcaster Fox is looking to build on the success of its remake of South Korean format hit The Masked Singer by acquiring rights to another singing show from the country. I Can See Your Voice (ICSYV) is from Korean giant CJ ENM and was piloted by Fox last month. The US network has now […]

Endemol Shine North America names unscripted originals SVP

Endemol Shine North America (ESNA) has named producer Michael Heyerman as its SVP of unscripted original series. Heyerman had been a producer with the company since 2018 and had been behind shows including the US version of Lego Masters for Fox, HGTV’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and MasterChef Jr – Road To The Finale. He […]

Endemol Shine’s Hurford-Jones boards Universal TV Alternative Studio

Endemol Shine North America’s Georgie Hurford-Jones has boarded NBCUniversal’s unscripted outfit Universal Television Alternative Studio. The exec, who most recently served as SVP of unscripted original series and specials for Endemol Shine, has joined the studio as EVP of current programming. Hurford-Jones’s remit includes managing series and pilots across development, casting, creative, formats and production […]

Territory focus: Thailand – Hitting the high notes

Thailand is establishing itself as a hotspot for production ingenuity both regionally and on the international stage. Amanda Groom of advisory firm The Bridge gives Richard Middleton a rundown of why the country should be on your radar As far as Asian format exports go, it’s hard to beat The Masked Singer for making a […]

Endemol Shine North America appoints exec director of licensing

Endemol Shine North America has appointed consumer products exec Scott Shillet as executive director of licensing. In his new role, Shillet will support the development of brand licensing partnerships across various consumer products and the company’s non-scripted and scripted series in North America. He will also work closely alongside Endemol Shine Group’s brand licensing team […]

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