Formats


MIPFormats 2019: TBI’s Format Hot Picks

TBI Magazine has picked the most buzz-worthy unscripted formats heading to Cannes. From Race Across The World to Mums Make Porn, these are the market’s hottest non-scripted offerings. The Secret Song Vivendi Entertainment/TF1 (France)       No Sleep No FOMO The Story Lab/Viu (Asia)       Mums Make Porn Passion Distribution/Channel 4 (UK) […]

How ‘Masked Singer’ is reviving costume-led formats

The runaway success of The Masked Singer is putting costume-led formats back in the spotlight and sparking interest in other quirky, visual shows. Manori Ravindran investigates the logistics of pulling off a masked feat A year ago, if anyone had suggested that a bunch of singing, dancing celebrities would inform the industry’s most innovative entertainment […]

Endemol Shine’s Boomdog & Televisa take ‘Masked Singer’ to Mexico

Televisa Studios and Endemol Shine’s Boomdog are set to co-produce an adaptation of The Masked Singer for Mexico. Boombdog and Televisa have licensed The Masked Singer from Mun Hwa Broadcasting Corp. (MBC) in South Korea. Both companies will produce and adapt this format for the Spanish speaking market, which will be released in 2019. The […]

A+E takes ‘UnReal’ format to India

India’s Applause Entertainment has acquired A+E Network’s UnReal format for adaptation. The agreement marks the first international deal for the critically acclaimed series and the first scripted format from A+E Networks to be acquired for an official Indian adaptation. Applause will produce one 10-episode season locally with format production consultation from A+E, with an option […]

Aftercare or afterthought?: Unpacking duty of care on youth-skewing formats

With TV’s biggest entertainment format facing backlash over its aftercare practices, do casting directors and producers need to re-examine duty of care for youth-targeting formats? Manori Ravindran investigates In a competitive entertainment landscape that finds channels jostling for the coveted 16-34 demographic, youth-skewing formats are among the toughest to cast – and, as evidenced by […]

Making a physical gameshow for Netflix

Kieran Doherty joint-MD of Stellify Media, producers of Blind Date and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, explains how the Sony-backed prodco scored a gameshow commission with Netflix.    It all started when Stellify joint-MD Matt Worthy had an idea for a gameshow where you are not allowed to move – and if you do move, something […]

Formats round-up: Banijay, Story Lab, Vivendi strike deals

Exclusive: Banijay’s Magnolia options Hold On To Your Seat in Italy Banijay-backed Magnolia has picked up the rights to French quiz show format Hold On To Your Seat for Italy. The Italian producer acquired rights for the long-running format – originally created and produced by Paris-based prodco Effervescence – from distributor Widenn Content. The iconic […]

NBC inherits ‘Small Fortune’ remake

US broadcaster NBC has signed on to adapt Youngest Media’s Small Fortune competition series.  The network has ordered a six-part series of the format, which aired originally on UK broadcaster ITV in February. The show finds teams of three friends competing in small-scale challenges across miniature sets for a chance to win cash prizes. From a shrunk down […]

Endemol Shine swoops for Japanese ‘Rolling Kitchen’ format rights

Endemol Shine Group has swooped for international distribution rights to Japanese format The Rolling Kitchen.  The producer-distributor acquired rights for the hit cookery format from Japan’s Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, which created the visual studio-based series and its “rolling” set. The format sees couples separated from one another trying to create individual dishes in separate kitchens, without […]

Channel 4 to adapt NBC’s ‘Songland’ format

UK broadcaster Channel 4 (C4) is set to adapt NBC’s songwriting competition format Songland. C4 will adapt the format for a UK audience with NBC-backed producer Monkey Kingdom, which will produce the series. Songland will see the channel return to a music competition format for the first time since its venture with The Singer Takes […]

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