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Dragonfly, Optomen and IWC land BBC commissions

Dragonfly TV and Optomen are among the prodcos to have scored recent documentary commissions with the BBC, while IWC Media is launching a book club for BBC Scotland.  BBC One has ordered six-part obs-doc series Birth (working title) from Dragonfly TV. The programme follows expectant parents and the staff who care for them at the UK’s busiest and […]

ITV Studios Norway appoints long-time Nordisk Film TV exec as MD

ITV Studios has appointed Lars Finnland as MD of its Nordic label, ITV Studios Norway. Finnland, who joins from events company 6.Sans Event where he served as CEO, previous managed Nordisk Film TV, where he also served as chief of entertainment across 16 years with the business. At Nordisk Film TV, Finnland ran a department […]

Quibi teams with MTV Studios to reboot ‘Punk’d’, ‘Singled Out’

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi has partnered with MTV Studios to reboot Punk’d and Singled Out for the forthcoming short-form, mobile-first platform. The two formats will be reimagined for the service, with each receiving a 20 x 10-minute episode order. Producer-distributor STXtelevision is to produce Punk’d in association with MTV Studios, while Singled Out will be solely […]

ITV entertainment boss Siobhan Greene departs

ITV entertainment boss Siobhan Greene has left the broadcaster to launch her own prodco. The exec will remain until September, overseeing continuing entertainment programming. She will also serve as an executive producer on Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – which she co-created – next year. ITV has appointed Katie Rawcliffe, who is currently creative […]

‘Love Island’ returns with record viewers despite recent controversy

The fifth series of ITV2’s Love Island has launched with 3.3m viewers — its most-watched launch to date — despite recent controversy surrounding the programme. The hit format, in which singles are coupled up in a villa in Mallorca for eight weeks, won the 9pm slot with a 18.5% share and peaked with 3.7m — […]

ITV confirms ‘Masked Singer’ to debut in 2020

ITV has confirmed that it is adapting hit Korean format The Masked Singer, as reported exclusively by TBI earlier this year.  The format will be a stripped, eight-part event that will TX in 2020. Argonon Group-backed producer Bandicoot will produce after having optioned the format a number of years ago, as previously reported. In the US, […]

Canada’s CBC bets big on entertainment as it woos advertisers

Canadian public broadcaster CBC is betting on scripted production and fact ent juggernaut Battle Of The Blades as it launches a charm offensive for advertisers. CBC’s Upfront presentation in Toronto on Wednesday (29 May) was the first for new president Catherine Tait (pictured, below), who joined the public broadcaster last July, as well as Barbara […]

‘Masked Singer’ scores Australian adaptation

The Masked Singer has snagged an Australian adaptation.  The costumed-based singing format — which originated out of Korean broadcaster MBC as The King of Mask Singer — is heading to Australian commercial broadcaster Network 10 and sister channel WIN Network, where it will be produced locally by Warner Bros. Australia. In the MBC Korea-distributed singing format, celebrities sing […]

Formats round-up: ‘Guess My Age’ in Greece; Movistar+ adapts ‘No More Boys…’

Greece to adapt Vivendi’s ‘Guess My Age’ Greek commercial broadcaster Skai has ordered a local adaptation of Vivendi Entertainment’s Guess My Age. Skai has signed up for 100 episodes of the show, which will be stripped across the week in an access primetime slot, beginning in September. Prosenghisi is to produce the show, in which a […]

SVT orders design competition ‘Made In Sweden’

Swedish public broadcaster SVT has commissioned a six-part design competition series.  Made In Sweden will be produced by Banijay Group-owned prodco Mastiff Sweden, and is to follow amateur craftsmen vying to be the best in the country. The show, which is to premiere this autumn, will find contestants using a range of materials — including ceramics, […]

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