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De Mol helps creators find ‘The Fastest Way to Screen’

John de Mol and his Talpa Network are introducing ‘The Fastest Way to the Screen’ – a format ‘accelerator’ that gives international creators a chance to gain straight-to-series orders, and has hired former Sony exec Lisette van Diepen to lead it. The Fastest Way to the Screen will accept pitches for non-released, new original paper […]

MTA’s Matt Assmus joins Dorsey development team

Red Arrow-controlled producer Dorsey Pictures has sealed a deal with Matt Assmus (left) and his company MTA Media that will see the expansion of their development and production team. Assmus will join Dorsey’s development team – led by the company’s VP of development Allison Boon. At the same time, Dorsey’s Whitney Hayes is upped to […]

Turner to launch truTV in UK

Turner Broadcasting UK is launching a new general entertainment free-to-air channel, truTV – it’s first venture into the British free-to-air market. The 24-hour channel will be available on the UK digital-terrestrial platform from early August, airing a range of unscripted shows including Fear Factor, Hardcore Pawn: Chicago (pictured), Killer Karaoke, Container Wars, South Beach Tow, […]

CBS, RTL get Extreme in Asia

The RTL and CBS joint venture channels business has launched its second thematic channel in Asia. Male-skewed RTL CBS Extreme HD has been handed a slot on Singaporean pay TV platform SingTel mio TV and will launch on March 27. The network will be the exclusive local home of UKTV original Dynamo: Magician Impossible and Red […]

RTL CBS appoints Asia boss

RTL and CBS have appointed Jonas Engwall CEO of their joint venture pay channels operation in Asia. Engwall will run he JV from Singapore where as he has been based since January as senior VP, RTL Group Asia. Prior to the Singapore move, he has been in various strategy roles at Luxembourg-based broadcast group RTL. […]

RTL, CBS launch channels JV in Asia

European broadcaster RTL Group and distributor CBS Studios International are launching a pair of thematic channels in south east Asia. The nets, RTL CBS Entertainment and RTL CBS Extreme, will be operated by a new Singapore-based joint venture, RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network. This will comprise a local management team reporting into a board of […]

Endemol India producing SET drama with Bollywood star

Sony Entertainment Television and Endemol India are working on a major new drama series starring Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. The currently untitled series will go out on SET India and be based on an idea from Endemol, which is coproducing with Bachchan’s prodco Saraswati Creations. Bachchan is one of the most influential actors in Bollywood […]