Formats


NBC exec to lead unscripted at Matchbox Pictures

NBC exec Dan Munday has been named head of unscripted at Australian prodco Matchbox Pictures. The exec, who has more than 20 years’ experience both in the US and Australia, is to join the NBCUniversal International Studios-backed firm in June, based out of Sydney. He will oversee the creation, development and management of all Matchbox […]

TBI Weekly: Formats thrive in purple patch post-MIPTV

The formats market has struck a purple patch a month on from MIPTV, with the past fortnight seeing a string of deals for scripted and non-scripted shows. The deals, listed in full below, have seen fact ent titles such as The Great Bake Off travel to Thailand, Family Food Fight being remade in Mexico, Catch […]

BBC Three commissions Banijay’s Wonder for fact ent formats

BBC Three has commissioned Banijay Group-owned prodco Wonder for a pair of fact ent series on fitness and second-hand wares. Wonder, which was previously known as 7 Wonder, is producing Work It (4 x15 minutes) and Deadstock (4 x 15 minutes) for the digital platform. In Work It, three fitness instructors who have each overcome […]

CBS ‘Love Island’ reboot heads to Canada

Canadian broadcaster CTV has picked up rights to the US reboot of Love Island. The channel has acquired exclusive multi-platform Canadian rights to the forthcoming CBS show via a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The stripped dating competition is to anchor CTV’s summer schedule, building out its unscripted offerings, which include the likes of […]

NBCU’s ‘Hollywood Game Night’ scores Russian remake

NBCUniversal International Formats has struck a deal with Russian broadcaster CTC for a local version of Hollywood Game Night. The remake marks the 21st international version of the format, which has so far been adapted in the UK, Sweden, France, Spain, Turkey, French Canada and across Eastern Europe. Produced by Andrei Boltenko’s prodco M.I.R, the […]

Armoza’s ‘Conflict’ heads to Poland

Polish producer Rochstar has acquired the local rights to Israeli formats firm Armoza’s fact ent offering The Conflict. The social experiment, originated by Israeli producer and format creator Eran B.Y and Armoza Formats, gives individuals who have been unwilling to meet for years the chance to see their dispute from a new perspective. Two well-known […]

Jennifer O’Connell exits Lionsgate, replaced by Starz exec

Jennifer O’Connell has departed Lionsgate after less than four years. The EVP of alternative programming has exited the business, and is expected to join a streaming platform in a senior unscripted role. O’Connell – who joined Lionsgate after almost three years as head of television at Core Media Group – exits just months after the […]

CBC brings back ‘Battle of the Blades’

Canada’s CBC will reboot hit competition series Battle of the Blades for its fifth season this autumn. The revitalised series combines figure skating and hockey athletes and pair them for a live, high-stakes figure skating competition. In the new iteration teams will continue to compete for the charity of their choice. First launched in 2009, […]

MIPTV: The Big Deals

TBI looks at the top deals struck out of Cannes at last week’s MIPTV market. EUROPE ITV is believed to have aggressively outbid Channel 4 for the MBC Korea-distributed singing format The Masked Singer (above), as revealed by TBI. The format finds celebrities singing in full-body costumes and masks, with top contenders reaching series’ end while […]

Facebook’s Patrick Walker: Less about ‘You’ and more about ‘Us’

You may remember in 2006 when ‘You’ was named Person of the Year by Time magazine for “seizing the reigns of global media and beating the pros at their own game”. This was a milestone within the media industry, recognising the millions of people who contribute to user-generated content around the world – through online […]