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TBI Weekly: Netflix finds its ‘Love Island’ amid unscripted drive

A year on since forming its UK outpost and months out from launching Paris and Berlin bases, Netflix was out in force at the Edinburgh TV Festival, having made a raft of reality commissions, including a Love Island-style format, TBI understands.  It is believed that the SVOD giant has finally found its take on the […]

YouTube Originals on the hunt for education-focused programming

YouTube is taking an education-focused approach to originals and leaning into “self-motivated learning” on the service, according to head of originals for EMEA Luke Hyams. Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, which kicked off today (21 August), Hyams said: “YouTube is a place for curiosity. It is a place where if I want to know […]

Vivendi swoops for global rights to TF1’s ‘Celebrity Song Challenge’

France’s Vivendi Entertainment has picked up global rights to TF1 and DMLS TV’s shiny-floor format The Celebrity Song Challenge. The format launched last week in primetime and was TF1’s best performing non-fiction show. Prior to each episode, some of France’s most popular celebrities, including singers, TV hosts, comedians and athletes, challenge each other on social […]

Rabbit Films hires ITVSGE’s Ferguson for international sales

Finnish producer-distributor Rabbit Films has appointed an ITV Studios Global Entertainment exec to join its international sales team. Sam Ferguson – who most recently served as sales manager for Russia, CIS, Baltics and the Balkans at ITVSGE – joins the City vs. Country distributor as senior sales manager, based out of London. Her remit includes […]

Viu, Discovery team up for ‘No Sleep No FOMO’

Asian pan-regional OTT service Viu has linked with Discovery for a content collaboration around the format No Sleep No FOMO. The Viu-produced travelogue format, which was named a TBI MIPTV Hot Pick earlier this year, will air on Discovery Channel and Discovery Asia across 14 markets, including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand […]

Magical Elves sets out new leadership

Tinopolis-owned Nailed It! Producer Magical Elves has new leadership. The business has tapped long-time execs Casey Kriley and Jo Sharon as joint CEOs of the firm, whose slate includes Project Runway, Top Chef Jr. and Braxton Family Values. Kriley previously served as chief operating officer at the business, while Sharon was chief creative officer. The […]

‘Flirty Dancing’ scores US adaptation on Fox

Fox is remaking UK dance-dating format Flirty Dancing. The US broadcaster is adapting the All3Media International-distributed show, in which two complete strangers are taught one half of a dance routine before meeting and executing the dance together in a beautiful setting. All3Media America and Objective Media Group-owned Second Star, which produced the original Channel 4 […]

Fox checks out of ‘Paradise Hotel’

Fox has cancelled Paradise Hotel after just one season.  The US broadcaster has pulled the plug on the rebooted format from Jersey Shore creator SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Productions, citing low ratings and a lack of airtime for what is intended to be a stripped programme. Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment at Fox, confirmed the cancellation to Deadline at […]

Banijay exec replaces Arthur Smith as CEO of A. Smith & Co.

Tinopolis-owned American Ninja Warrior prodco A. Smith & Co. has appointed Banijay North America’s Caroline Baumgard as CEO, replacing long-time boss Arthur Smith. Smith, who currently serves as Tinopolis USA chairman and CEO of A. Smith & Co., will transition to chairman of the prodco, which he launched in 2000. However, he will still be actively […]

EOne grows UK unscripted team with Boomerang, 12 Yard execs

Entertainment One (eOne) is growing its unscripted footprint in the UK with the appointments of execs from prodcos Boomerang and 12 Yard. Matt Pritchard (pictured, right) and Matt Walton (left) have joined the indie studio as EVPs of unscripted TV, based out of London. The duo will jointly oversee day-to-day operations of eOne’s unscripted team […]

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