Christie out, Coupland and Heathcote in as Eyeworks NZ bosses

Ashley Coupland and Greg Heathcote have been appointed joint managing directors of producer and distributor Eyeworks’ Kiwi division. They join as Julie Christie vacates the position of CEO of Eyeworks New Zealand. The company said that Christie will remain connected to the company, working in an unspecified “international creative” role. The producer makes shows including […]

Russian net dives in for Banijay format

A Russian broadcaster has become the latest to licence Banijay International’s celebrity diving format Stars in Danger: The High Dive. National free-to-air nationwide net Channel One will get an 8x60min run of the entertainment format, with Russian producer Red Square already in production for a primetime broadcast later this month. Ilya Krivitsky, CEO, Red Square […]

Middle East dives in for Celebrity Splash

Eyeworks has sold diving format Celebrity Splash to a Lebanon-based satellite channel, which will launch a pan-Middle Eastern version in May. LBCI has commissioned and will produce a local adaptation of the format, which will air in the broadcaster’s home country, plus 23 other countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran. The Dutch format […]

Tobias Bringholm exits Eyeworks

Eyeworks Scandinavia CEO Tobias Bringholm is leaving the company to focus on creating new start-ups and digital businesses. Bringholm has been running Eyeworks Scandinavia for five years. During his tenure, Eyeworks’s Scandinavian operations expanded from its base in Sweden into Denmark and Norway. “I have done my job,” said Bringholm. “The targets and goals we […]

Banijay sells diving series into Turkey

Banijay International has sold its diving format Stars in Danger into Turkey for the first time. It has inked a deal with Turkish producer Medyapim, which will make a 10x90mins Stars in Danger: The High Dive for free-to-air broadcaster Show TV. Pre-production is underway and the show will bow later this year. Banijay and Eyeworks […]

US cable net orders new reality shows from Endemol, Eyeworks and A. Smith

NBC Universal-owned female-skewed US cable net Oxygen has ordered new series from Eyeworks, Endemol and A. Smith & Co. Eyeworks USA will make Fat Girl Revenge for Oxygen in which two unapologetically large women stand up to the bullies who have made their life hell. Find Me My Man (fka Heart & Soul) from Endemol […]

Banijay sells Stars in Danger diving format into China

Banijay has shopped Stars in Danger: High Diving into China. The format, part of a dispute between Banijay and Eyeworks, has been shopped to satellite broadcaster Jiangsu Satellite Channel and a 10x90mins series is slated to debut in a primetime slot next spring. As per the German format, devised by Banijay Group company Brainpool and […]

Banijay wins Popstars format dispute with Talpa

A court in the Netherlands has ruled that Talpa cannot launch ‘The Next Popstar’ format under that name because it is too similar to ‘Popstars‘, the format ultimately owned by Banijay. The District Court of The Hague issued a ruling yesterday that the title of the upcoming Talpa talent show was too similar to that […]

Diving formats battle hots up as Fox buys Banijay show

The competition between Banijay and Eyeworks over their respective diving formats has heated up after Fox acquired Stars in Danger: High Diving. The US deal follows Eyeworks inking an agreement with US broadcast net ABC for its format Celebrity Splash. The two distributors have locked horns over the formats after Banijay said the Eyeworks format […]

Banijay considers legal action over Eyeworks’ diving format

French production and distribution group Banijay said this morning that it is taking legal advice relating to concerns that Eyeworks’ format Celebrity Splash is too similar to its own show Stars in Danger. Banijay said it has recruited copyright lawyers to examine the legal situation and, if appropriate, to commence legal action against Eyeworks. The […]