Hunan TV

TBI Formats: Sing Or Spin

Sing Or Spin Distributor: Endemol Shine International Producer: Endemol Shine Group Broadcaster: Hunan TV (China) This dizzying new music entertainment format pulls no punches in letting its contestants know exactly how they are scoring. The hopefuls sing their hearts out on a unique spinning stage that lets them know whether their performance is managing to […]

Endemol Shine closes China office, William Tan to depart

Endemol Shine Group (ESG) is closing its office in China following a review of the business, which said market conditions and tighter regulations made its current set-up in the country “unsustainable”. The decision was made following a months-long review ESG said, blaming “market conditions which limit the activities of non-domestic production companies” for the closure. […]

Armoza Formats strikes Hunan TV development deal, launches ‘Dance Smash’

ITV Studios-owned Armoza Formats has struck a co-development deal with Chinese broadcaster Hunan TV, with the first project between the companies already on air. Dance Smash is a primetime dance competition show and is based on Quebecor Content and Fair-Play’s original format Dance Revolution, which originally aired on Canada’s TVA. It has been further developed […]

China’s Hunan TV, Endemol Shine partner on ‘Sing Or Spin’

Endemol Shine Group is co-developing primetime entertainment format Sing Or Spin with Chinese producer-broadcaster Hunan TV. The project will see Endemol Shine China teaming with Hunan TV on the singing format, in which a unique revolving stage lets singers know how well they are scoring. The show has been developed as part of Hunan TV’s […]

Endemol Shine China, Hunan TV set for first co-pro format

Endemol Shine China and Hunan TV have partnered for Acting Up, the first show to result from a deal made between the two partners at MIPCOM 2018. Acting Up is a talent format where up-and-coming actors vie for roles in real Chinese scripted drama films. The pilot is currently in pre-production with a targeted release for the […]

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 […]

Bubbles launches Bobbles streaming service

Hamburg-based Bubbles Media has launched, a new satellite and OTT-delivered pay TV service with bouquets aimed at Chinese and Indonesian expatriates living in Europe, with services targeting Korean and Vietnamese speakers to follow in November. Versions of both the Chinese and Indonesian services are available on SES’s Astra satellite platform, with more extensive offerings […]

The Chinese reality condundrum

Formats veteran Clare Thompson says the latest regulatory decrees about Chinese formats market are a symptom of an ever-changing and increasingly complex commissioning market. In the years I’ve been giving presentations and talks about formats trends and development, I’ve often referred – almost casually – to the importance of keeping the different needs of your […]

BBC Worldwide strikes digital Mango deal

BBC Worldwide has inked a programming deal with China’s Mango TV, building on a strategy TBI first reported on last year. Kelvin Yau (left), general manager of the BBC’s commmercial business in China, told TBI last November that Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, and Mango, a division of Hunan TV, had agreed […]

Lionsgate, Hunan in major financing pact

Hollywood studio Lionsgate will explore the international potential of Chinese TV series from broadcaster Hunan TV after the pair agreed a US$375 million film financing pact. Lionsgate will work with Hunan and its cable subsidiary, Hunan CATV Network Group Co, which has 15 million subscribers, “to explore opportunities for Hunan series outside China”. This is […]