US media giants pledge $4m for underrepresented talent

A coalition of media companies, including Amazon Studios, Disney, Fox, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, Paramount, and Warner Bros. Discovery have signed on as founding partners of a fund designed to help people from underrepresented backgrounds pursue careers in TV and film. The Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet Fund was established by industry professionals including Hollywood […]

Fox raids int’l format market for Fremantle & Banijay Rights shows

US broadcaster Fox has raided the international format market for its latest entertainment programming, with reboots of Farmer Wants A Wife and SAS: Who Dares Wins. Farmer Wants A Wife is the Fremantle-owned dating format that follows a group of singletons living in the countryside who are paired up with city-dwellers looking for love. It […]

Gordon Ramsay FAST channel launches on Tubi

Fox-owned FAST operator Tubi has announced the launch of a new channel dedicated to British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. The Gordon Ramsay channel features episodes from the personality’s series including Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef and Masterchef Junior. Starting in September, the channel’s offering will expand to include Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Ramsay’s Best Restaurant, Gordon […]

Fox & ‘Rick And Morty’ creator Dan Harmon launch ‘Krapopolis’ NFT’s

Rick And Morty creator Dan Harmon has partnered with Fox in the US to launch a series of NFT’s ahead of the launch of the network’s animated series Krapopolis. The show is set to premiere on Fox in 2023 and has been created by Harmon, with Fox-owned animation studio Bento Box Entertainment producing. Fox’s Blockchain Creative […]

AMC, Fox & Berlanti alum David Madden joins Wattpad Webtoon to lead global entertainment

Former AMC Networks, Fox and Berlanti Productions exec David Madden has joined Wattpad Webtoon Studios as its head of global entertainment. He will report into the studio’s president Aron Levitz and oversee development, production and sales for the company’s growing global TV, feature film, and animation businesses. Madden was most recently president of TV for […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from MIPTV 2022

While the first MIPTV in three years might have attracted folk from more than 80 countries to the French Riviera, the big stories of the week were happening elsewhere. For those of a British persuasion, news that the UK government has chosen to formally press ahead with privatisation of Channel 4 dominated dinner discussions on Monday night in Cannes. Attention on Tuesday […]

Unpacking the risk & rewards of format funds

New formats have always had to fight for space against the exploitation of proven IP, so what has prompted broadcasters to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in schemes to create new shows, asks Richard Middleton Formats are designed to be exploited again and again. This repeatability is baked into the essence of the industry, […]

How scripted formats could dominate drama

Scripted formats are travelling further than ever before, particularly female-led and family-focused dramas. Mark Layton finds out what’s behind this growing demand and where it’s all leading. For those in the scripted format business, the past few years have been rather exciting. In what is now a familiar story, the global pandemic and subsequent global […]

Hulu revives US adult animation hit ‘Futurama’

Disney-owned US streamer Hulu has revived animated sci-fi comedy Futurama, with an order for a new 20-part season to debut next year. This marks the third return from cancellation for the series, which hails from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and David X. Cohen and is produced 20th Television Animation, a part of Disney Television […]

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