NBCUniversal hires for factual development team

NBCUniversal International Television Production has finalised the shape of the factual development unit that former Fever Media co-founder David Mortimer leads. Jack Burgess, another ex-Fever exec whom TBI revealed had joined NBCU last year, will lead factual entertainment development alongside Ben Riley, who is a former BBC Format Entertainment, MTV and Endemol exec; while heading […]

Eyeworks’ Blondes invade China

Eyeworks, the Dutch prodco that Warner Bros. is set to take over, will have its Beat the Blondes format remade in China for a number of regional channels. Following a deal with 3C Media, the format will be produced as a 13-part series for regional free TV channels Jiangxi, Henan, Chongqing, Shanxi, Qingdao TV and […]

Warner Bros. tipped to buy Eyeworks

Warner Bros. wants to buy Dutch production group Eyeworks and is in advanced talks with its shareholders, local reports are claiming. Time Warner-owned Warner Bros. has been looking to build its international business and has set its sight on Celebrity Splash producer, according to reports in the Netherlands. The deal is not yet finalised but […]

Eyeworks hands new Nordic role to Esben Halding

Eyeworks executive Esben Halding has been handed the new role of head of Nordic cooperation at the formats producer and distributor. Eyeworks said the newly-created role underlines the importance of the Nordic territories to the company and that, in the new position, Halding will “intensify the cooperation between the [Nordic] countries”. Halding will undertake the […]

Eyeworks wins diving formats ruling over Banijay

A Dutch court has ruled in favour of Eyeworks in its copyright infringement case with rival producer and distributor Banijay. Eyeworks immediately said that it is considering legal action against Banijay for damages. Banijay alleged Eyework’s Celebrity Splash format (pictured) infringed its copyright relating to TV Total Turmspringen (aka Stars in Danger). However, a Dutch […]

Eyeworks to produce Banijay’s Opposite Worlds for Syfy

Eyeworks USA has been drafted in to produce the upcoming US cable remake of Banijay International-sold reality format Opposite Worlds. When Syfy took US rights at MIPCOM in 2012 Minute to Win It producer Craig Plestis from Smart Dog Media was named as executive producer but the NBCUniversal cable channel has now brought in Eyework’s […]

Cable sparks a US indie M&A frenzy

The international media groups that previously drove rounds of M&A activity among indies in the UK and Europe are now focused on acquisitions in the US as the cable sector and unscripted business boom. John Hazelton looks at who’s buying what, where opportunity lies and asks who’ll be next on to board the consolidation gravy […]

Greek net dives in with Eyeworks format

Greek commercial broadcaster Antenna Television has ordered its own series of Eyeworks’ diving format Celebrity Splash. The series, in which celebrities perform dives from boards of up to 10 metres, will launch on ANT1. While Keshet International’s Rising Star is emerging as the break-out format of MIPCOM 2013, Celebrity Splash was among the most well […]

MTG Studios makes its move

MTG rebranded Modern Studios and created MTG Studios two years ago with little fanfare. However, subsequent deals for Paprika Latino and Novemberfilm have helped put it on the map. TBI speaks to its CEO, Patrick Svensk, about creating a Scandinavian-owned Studio and to the people running its latest and most notable acquisition, UK-based distributor DRG. […]

New sale for Banijay diving format

Banijay’s Stars in Danger: The High Dive has been sold into South America. The diving format has been picked up by Chilean commercial broadcaster Chilevisión, which will air a 12x120mins version of the format. The show will have a primetime slot on the channel and debut later this year. It will be known locally as […]