Gogglebox Entertainment

Lionsgate backs Gogglebox pair’s indie

Lionsgate has invested in Primal Media, the new prodco from Mat Steiner and Adam Wood, the execs behind Gogglebox Entertainment. Steiner and Wood left Sony-backed Gogglebox earlier this year, leading to the closure of the prodco. Their biggest success to date has been horror gameshow Release the Hounds, which plays on ITV2 in the UK. They […]

SVT returns to classic format

Sweden’s SVT has commissioned a local remake of classic gameshow format Who’s Who?, 13 years after a previous incarnation ended on the pubcaster. The new version is scheduled to broadcast in spring 2016, with Nordisk Film TV attached to produce. Who’s Who? initially ran on SVT between 1998 and 2003. Banijay Group-owned Nordisk also has […]

Evans replaces Pollard at Sony’s Gogglebox

Sony-backed Gogglebox Entertainment has hired Paul Evans as its new head of development. The new recruit replaces the outgoing Sam Pollard at the Release the Hounds prodco. Gogglebox said Pollard is leaving to pursue other projects, and TBI understands he plans to set up his own indie content company. Evans joins from All3Media-owned producer Lime […]

Sony swats international Man vs Fly deals

Several international partners have ordered local versions of Gogglebox Entertainment fly-swatting format Man vs Fly. Gogglebox is the Sony-backed UK prodco behind the series and Sony Pictures Television distributes it internationally and struck the new deals. In the three-minute show contestants have to swat a fly against the clock while inside a sealed box. It […]

UKTV adds ex-BBC comedy commissioner

UK broadcaster UKTV has hired former BBC comedy commissioner Simon Lupton to become its commissioning editor, entertainment, as part of a push into scripted. His appointment comes after Richard Watsham was promoted to director of commissioning following Jane Rogerson’s exit last year. Luton will report into Watsham, who is charged with increasing the BBC Worldwide […]

Fox set to Release the Hounds with US format deal

US broadcaster Fox is set to air a local version of horror gameshow format Release the Hounds, TBI has learned. The US Release the Hounds commission has not been officially announced by Fox, but the US network is expected to confirm it shortly. The order will be a major coup for Gogglebox Entertainment, the UK […]

ITV2 to Release the Hounds

UK channel ITV2 has commissioned a new horror gameshow from Sony Pictures Television’s joint venture Gogglebox Entertainment in which contestants are chased by guard dogs in order to win cash. Release the Hounds will see three unsuspecting contestants put through a series of frightening challenges in a deserted forest before attempting to escape with cash […]

Sony sets up new prodco with Discovery exec Andreae

Simon Andreae is leaving Discovery to set up his own production company Scarlet Media. Sony Pictures Television is bankrolling the new business and will hold a majority stake as well as distribute its shows internationally. The London-based producer will make factual and fact-ent series for UK and international broadcasters. Andreae is creating the firm and […]

News brief: ABC books in Gogglebox pilot

US broadcast network ABC has commissioned a pilot for a variety competition show in which successful acts are signed up on the spot to perform in top venues across the US. You’re Booked is a format from Sony-owned Gogglebox Entertainment that will be produced by 310 Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television at the latter’s US […]