Formats


BBC Studios sells ‘Weakest Link’ into Greece, Russia

BBC Studios has sold The Weakest Link into Greece and Russia. The quiz show has been picked up by Greek free-to-air channel Skai and Russia’s free-to-air network MIR. In Greece, Skai has made a 100 x 60-minute episode order, set to air this autumn with Tasos Trifonos, the star of the Cypriot version, carrying out […]

‘Dancing On Ice’ scores Dutch remake

Dancing On Ice is heading to the Netherlands. Dutch network SBS6 has commissioned a local version of the popular primetime entertainment format, which finds celebrities figure skating with professional partners and competing against one another across various routines. Produced by Talpa Productions, the show will be hosted by Winston Gerschtanowitz and is to air on […]

Global Agency strikes formats pact with Korea’s SBS

Turkish distribution giant Global Agency has struck a content deal with the distribution arm of South Korean broadcaster SBS. Under the deal with SBS Contents Hub (SBSCH), Global Agency is to represent 10 titles from the broadcaster, which it will shop around in Turkey. It will also distribute the Turkish remakes worldwide. HECE Medya Turkey […]

Propagate Content to distribute Fox Entertainment’s unscripted slate and formats

Ben Silverman and Howard Owens’s Propagate Content is set to distribute Fox Entertainment’s unscripted programmes for global. Under the deal, Propagate will take out the fledgling unscripted studio’s shows, as well as format rights worldwide, excluding the US and Canada. Included in the deal are programme sales and format rights for Fox’s unscripted summer series […]

Endemol Shine’s Cathy Payne on scalable formats, SVOD aggregation and streamers

Scalable formats remain key for the continued growth on the unscripted side of the content business according to Endemol Shine International CEO Cathy Payne, who added that the aggregation of SVOD services is set to transform the way the scripted part of the industry works over the coming years. Payne was talking to TBI about […]

Facebook sets out to fund publisher-led content with talent

Facebook is extending its relationships with digital publishers such as Tastemade and LadBible, funding creator and talent-led content for video platform Watch. Matthew Henick, global head of content planning and strategy for the social media giant, says the new initiative, in which Facebook is commissioning digital publishers, is a turn of the dial from its […]

Exclusive: Facebook pulls the plug on trivia format ‘Confetti’

Social media giant Facebook has pulled the plug on interactive quiz show format Confetti. TBI has confirmed that the social media platform has no plans to return the format in the UK and US, and it is believed that other international versions of the programme have also been cancelled. Matthew Henick, global head of content […]

Show of the Week: Cleaning Masters

Turkish distribution giant Global Agency is in Cannes with a whimsical format that celebrates the country’s top cleaning enthusiasts.  The reality competition series Cleaning Masters (35 x 30 minutes) was originated after the creators realised how obsessive people can get about cleaning. (You know it’s true.) The show demonstrates the fun as well as the […]

Naked Television’s ‘Secret Admirer’ scores third European remake

Naked Television’s dating format Secret Admirer is heading to Denmark in what is the show’s third European remake.  Fledgling Danish channel XEE – backed by Danish telco TDC and Fox Networks Group – has commissioned a local version of the format. The dating format, which follows people of different ages and backgrounds as they confess […]

China’s Hunan TV, Endemol Shine partner on ‘Sing Or Spin’

Endemol Shine Group is co-developing primetime entertainment format Sing Or Spin with Chinese producer-broadcaster Hunan TV. The project will see Endemol Shine China teaming with Hunan TV on the singing format, in which a unique revolving stage lets singers know how well they are scoring. The show has been developed as part of Hunan TV’s […]