Crunchyroll & GSN partner for new anime streaming channel

Anime streamer Crunchyroll and US cablenet GSN (Game Show Network) have partnered to launch a new 24/7 anime streaming channel. The two companies, which are both subsidiaries of Sony Pictures Entertainment, have launched a new Crunchyroll channel on Amazon Freevee, LG Channels, The Roku Channel and VIZIO WatchFree+. The network will include English-dubbed programing at […]

Leading US nets join SVOD streamer

A+E Networks, Discovery, AMC Networks and Viacom are among the major US broadcast groups confirming they will put channels on a new, factual- and entertainment-focused live TV streaming service. The new service, Philo, will be priced at US$16 a month, and will offer live TV streaming, DVR services and on-demand programming. It will have more […]

GSN exec exits for E! development role

GSN exec Amy Introcaso-Davis has joined NBCUniversal (NBCU)-owned cable channel E! Entertainment. She is leaving the gameshow-focused cable channel to become E!’s executive VP of development and production. She joins soon after the exit of Jeff Olde, whose departure from running E!’s programming was announced last week after he’d spent nearly five years in the […]

UK gameshow Pointless set for US remake

US gameshow network GSN is aiming to remake Endemol Shine Group’s British quiz format Pointless. The show is a staple daytime series for BBC One in the UK, which has run to more than 1,000 episodes to date. Endemol Shine North America’s Authentic Entertainment is working up a US version for GSN, which Sony Pictures […]

GSN tickled by terror-themed game show

US cable channel GSN has commissioned an eight part, horror-themed game show from Paranormal Activity guru Jason Blum. Hellavator will see teams of three ride a haunted elevator to various levels of an abandoned warehouse. One player per floor must complete a frightening challenge within a set time, or they are locked out of the […]

Passion will Make You Laugh Out Loud

Passion Distribution is taking an entertainment series, … Make You Laugh Out Loud, to MIPTV. An episode titled Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud (pictured) from the 7x60mins user-generated content series from Mentorn Media scored more than two million viewers for UK network Channel 5 in January. Other shows on UK-based Passion’s line-up include its […]

GSN walks The Line

US cable channel GSN has ordered a “travelling” game show from ITV Studios-owned High Noon Entertainment. Five episodes of The Line will shoot in Nashville this month. The series is billed as a “unique traveling game that invites hundreds of people to line up each day for a chance to win cash and prizes”. Contestants will […]

MTG Studios makes its move

MTG rebranded Modern Studios and created MTG Studios two years ago with little fanfare. However, subsequent deals for Paprika Latino and Novemberfilm have helped put it on the map. TBI speaks to its CEO, Patrick Svensk, about creating a Scandinavian-owned Studio and to the people running its latest and most notable acquisition, UK-based distributor DRG. […]

Charlize Theron launches reality JV with Banijay

Hollywood actress Charlize Theron has taken her move into reality TV production a step further by launching a joint venture with US-based Bunim/Murray Productions. This follows the news Banijay-owned Bunim-Murray and Theron’s shingle Denver & Delilah were co-developing Glam Wars (fka Glam Squad) for NBCUniversal-owned Style Network. The deal marks Theron’s first move into unscripted […]

Goode joins ABC Family as Lying Game ends

ABC Family has brought in GSN’s former head of programming Kelly Goode to oversee its originals. The news comes as the Mouse House cable channel cancels scripted series The Lying Game. Goode, who was most recently working as an in-house executive producer at game show channel GSN through an overall development deal, will now be […]