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Viacom International Studios UK taps Richard Hastings to helm non-scripted

Viacom International Studios UK has hired Richard Hastings as head of non-scripted programming. The former MultiStory Media exec is to oversee the development and production of all non-scripted output for Viacom channels and platforms as well as third-party partners. The exec, who will start in February, is to build out a team and work with […]

NBCUniversal strikes first-look deal with ‘Masked Singer’ creator Park Won Woo

The Masked Singer creator Park Won Woo has struck a first-look deal with NBCUniversal-owned Universal Television Alternative Studio. The Korean formats creator, who has more than 22 years of experience in the industry, is responsible for MBC Korea’s The King Of Mask Singer and has also produced Top Gear Korea, 300: War Of The United […]

Endemol Shine sends ‘Lego Masters’ to Belgium, Netherlands

Endemol Shine has sold its hit entertainment format Lego Masters into the Netherlands and Belgium, making the format now available in six markets.  Dutch broadcaster RTL has commissioned a local series from Endemol Shine Netherlands, while Belgium’s VTM has ordered up its own adaptation of the format, also produced by Endemol Shine Netherlands. The casting […]

Studio Lambert strikes development deal with ‘Masked Singer’ showrunner

The Circle producer Studio Lambert has struck a development deal with Izzie Pick Ibarra, the showrunner and executive producer of The Masked Singer for Fox. Pick Ibarra will develop and produce new ideas with the All3Media-owned UK producer, while also helping to sell and oversee production on remakes of the company’s existing projects. She previously […]

Exclusive: Fremantle involvement on ‘World’s Got Talent’ in question amid China restructure

Fremantle’s future involvement in Chinese adaptations of its blockbuster Got Talent franchise remains unclear as the super-indie restructures its operations out of the country. TBI understands that the business is currently in discussions around its continued involvement on Hunan TV’s World’s Got Talent and Dragon TV’s China’s Got Talent, which are now in question following Fremantle’s decision to exit […]

Israeli thriller ‘Fauda’ scores Indian adaptation with Applause

Applause Entertainment is adapting Israeli drama format Fauda for the Indian market. The Aditya Birla Group-backed studio has struck a deal with producer-distributor Yes Studios for a local remake of the drama. While the original format – available globally via Netflix – focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, centring on an Israeli counter-terrorism officer and his […]

CBS adapts Sky One’s ‘A League Of Their Own’

US broadcaster CBS has signed up for a local adaptation of UK format A League Of Their Own. Currently in its 14th season on Sky, the sports comedy entertainment series is a panel quiz show that sees two teams of three competing in a trio of rounds and answering sports-related questions while completing studio challenges. […]

Exclusive: Avalon pulls ‘Taskmaster’ from UKTV as Channel 4 circles

Avalon Television is snatching its format Taskmaster from UKTV’s Dave five years after the show debuted on the channel and grew to become its biggest hit.  TBI understands that the BAFTA-nominated comedy format will not be returning after the current season ends next week. It is believed that Channel 4 is close to securing the […]

Discovery signs up for Kinetic Content’s ‘Man vs. Bear’ competition

Discovery has commissioned Red Arrow Studios-owned Kinetic Content for an unscripted competition series pitting man against grizzly bear. Man vs. Bear, which will debut on 4 December, finds a group of three grizzly bears – all of whom were rescued as cubs and cared for by a Utah couple – taking on human competitors at […]

Show of the Week: Beat The Channel

Red Arrow Studios International’s madcap entertainment format Beat The Channel sees two popular TV presenters given the chance to win a 15-minute live broadcast slot on their channel during which anything goes. But can they first beat the ultimate competitor – their own channel? Over six challenges and a final game, the channel throws everything […]