Formats


France gets Naked and Afraid

Lagardère Studios’s 909 Productions has grabbed the rights of US format Naked and Afraid, which Renegade 83 produces for Discovery Channel in the US. France will be the first international territory to bring in a local adaptation of the adventure format in which one man and one woman are left alone in the wild, naked and […]

ITV America sets overall deal with Strahan

ITV’s US arm has scored an overall deal with former American football player and TV personality Michael Strahan. The deal will see ITV America and Strahan’s SMAC Entertainment co-creating unscripted shows for TV, OTT and other digital platforms. The shows will go out through the ITV America banner. Leftfield and SMAC already coproduce NFL Network […]

Top Gear America returning on US cable

Just under a year after History ended its US version of Top Gear, BBC America is bringing the format back. Top Gear America will premiere on AMC Networks-operated BBC America later this year, beginning a new eight-part series. History had run its version (pictured) between 2010 and 2016, but this stopped after six seasons amid […]

UK gameshow Pointless set for US remake

US gameshow network GSN is aiming to remake Endemol Shine Group’s British quiz format Pointless. The show is a staple daytime series for BBC One in the UK, which has run to more than 1,000 episodes to date. Endemol Shine North America’s Authentic Entertainment is working up a US version for GSN, which Sony Pictures […]

Singing Bee returning to old haunts

Much-travelled karaoke format The Singing Bee is heading back into Romania and Indonesia after almost a decade away from both. The deals to bring the show to Antena TV in Romania and RCTI in Indonesia comes as the resurgence of several classic gameshows continues. Antena is planning new primetime episodes for the show, which first […]

Talpa extends The Story of My Life

Talpa Global has struck another deal for its celebrity ‘ageing’ format The Story of My Life. Media 360 in Latvia has commissioned a remake of the transformation-themed show, which began life in the Netherlands before selling into Brazil, Germany and Russia among other territories. The format sees celebrity couples give prosthetics makeovers to make them […]

Busoli’s Formata to sell ITV formats

Formata has inked a deal with ITV Studios and will shop its formats in the Brazilian market. Brazilian prodco Formata was formed last year by former FremantleMedia and Endemol exec Daniela Busoli, Patricia Cavalcante and Dody Sirena. It will sell ITV Studios formats to broadcasters and digital platforms in Brazil and, in some cases, will […]

TBI December/January 2015/16

Television’s big questions: TBI asks the industry’s most influential players for their takes on the hot topics from last year, and what will define TV in 2016 Hungry for horror: What’s driving the hunger for horror television? Jesse Whittock looks for answers from the key broadcasters, producers and distributors behind fear-inducing TV Formats hot picks: […]

Al Jazeera linked to move for Spain’s Mediapro

Al Jazeera is in talks to acquire Spanish producer Mediapro, according to local reports. The Qatari state funded broadcaster has been aggressively rolling out channels internationally and has also been acquiring key sports rights. A deal for Mediapro would give Al Jazeera rights to several key soccer clubs and competitions including games from Barcelona and […]

Tim Kring eyeing international scripted formats

Heroes creator Tim Kring has told TBI he has plans to bring an international scripted format to the US. Kring was at MIPTV this week promoting his new transmedia series The Drake Equation, which comes from writer Andy Briggs, UK prodco Pure Grass Films, Sonar Entertainment, entertainment content financier Connect Ventures and transmedia firm PlayThisNext. […]