Formats


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 […]

Exclusive: Canada’s Media Ranch to rep DR formats

Canadian distributor Media Ranch has partnered with Danish broadcaster DR to represent its TV formats internationally, ahead of MIPTV. The new partnership follows the recent launch of Media Ranch’s first Scandinavian office and the appointment of former DR Formats sales manager Louise Juel Severin as its VP of sales and acquisitions for Scandinavia. Under the […]

Former Wall to Wall exec sets up formats firm

Former Wall to Wall exec Poppy Delbridge has set up a new entertainment formats firm. The London-based business, titled The Empress Way, is to pioneer a collaborative format creation model, which will sell packaged format ideas with high-profile talent and prodcos attached to global broadcasters, streamers, digital platforms and brands, with a focus on the […]

Armoza grows development team with Reshet exec

Armoza has expanded its development team with the appointment of former Reshet exec Ori Dror. Dror, who was previously head of entertainment and game shows for Israeli broadcaster Reshet 13, has joined as senior development producer in a bid to grow the business’s pipeline of original content. Armoza Formats and Dror previously collaborated on such […]

Israel’s Kan orders ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’

Israeli pubcaster Kan has commissioned July August Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, to produce a local version of the international format Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds. The format, which is now in production, will see ten senior residents of the Bait Bakfar care home brought together with ten four-year-olds, over six weeks. […]

FRAPA’s Jan Salling boards BBC Studios

FRAPA head Jan Salling has joined BBC Studios to run production out of the Nordics.  The exec will serve as head of BBC Studios Nordics Productions, based out of Copenhagen, Denmark. His new role will see him drive sales and production of the producer-distributor’s formats in the Nordic region and he will work closely with Banijay […]