Formats


Exclusive: Global Agency’s ‘Legend’ optioned in US

Lionsgate-affiliated Revenge Body producer Rogue Atlas has optioned Global Agency’s The Legend, billed as a musical game of blackjack.  The business, which has an overall deal with the independent studio, has picked up the format for the US. Founded by Eli Frankel, the firm’s credits include Ceelo Green’s The Good Life for TBS, Deion’s Family Playbook for OWN and Revenge Body with Khloe […]

‘Beat Shazam’ creator launches interactive games platform

Jeff Apploff, creator of music competition format Beat Shazam and exec producer on Fox’s most recent gameshow offering Mental Samurai, is launching a digital games platform. The interactive venture, Fuego.tv, will be free to use and is to launch in the US in the coming weeks. “We shoot Beat Shazam about seven days in a row […]

Set Visit: Banijay’s Catch

Banijay Rights’ latest format serves up a game of ‘tag’ unlike you’ve ever seen before. Manori Ravindran overcame a few hurdles on the Cologne set to catch up with Brainpool TV’s new physical format Banijay’s biggest bet at MIPTV turns the simple game of ‘tag’ on its head with a high-intensity format that is as […]

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 […]