Formats


All eyes on Asia’s next big thing

Asia has a reputation as one of the most innovative and vibrant regions for formats, but are imports or exports winning out locally? Andy Fry reports. For the most part, the Asian format story splits into two key topics: the export of Japanese and South Korean formats to the international market, and attempts by global […]

MTV reboots Shore franchise with Floribama

MTV is set to launch the latest chapter of the Shore franchise, Floribama Shore, which joins popular predecessors Jersey Shore and Geordie Shore in November. The eight-episode series will debut on November 27 in the US and internationally in December. It will be executive produced by Jersey Shore creator Sallyann Salsano. Set in the Florida Panhandle […]

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: […]