Impractical Jokers

MTV exec joins Impractical Jokers prodco

MTV development director Dane Reiley has joined New-York based Impractical Jokers producer NorthSouth Productions in a comedy-focused role. Reiley (pictured) has been named VP of comedy development, overseeing NorthSouth’s comedy division and reporting to CEO and founder Charlie DeBevoise. He look to will develop and produce unscripted, comedy-driven formats and docu-series for US broadcast and […]

Offman upped in Viacom UK shake up

Jill Offman (left) has been appointed the head of MTV in the UK, adding management of the channel to her current responsibility for running Comedy Central. She takes over at MTV from Kerry Taylor who takes a newly-created role of chief marketing officer for Viacom International Media Networks UK. Under the new structure, Offman becomes […]

Comedy Central, C5 remaking Impractical Jokers

Viacom-owned Comedy Central UK and Channel 5 have jointly ordered a local version of US unscripted format Impractical Jokers. The deal is the first between pay TV channel Comedy Central and free-TV service Channel 5, which Viacom acquired last year. The show has been remade in the UK previously, with a BBC Three version running […]

Comedy Central UK lines up Impractical Jokers

Comedy Central UK has ordered a pilot of US comedy format Impractical Jokers after it dropped off the BBC Three schedule. Warner Bros. Television Production UK-owned prodco Yalli is producing the pilot. The show will closely mirror the format of the US version, which is currently Comedy Central UK’s top-performing show. Hidden camera prank show […]

Buyers Briefing: Brad Wood, Comedy Central

Name: Brad Wood Title: Director of acquisitions, Comedy Central UK Brad Wood leads acquisitions at Comedy Central, where he sources content and acquisitions for a range of international Viacom comedy channels, including Jill Offman’s Comedy Central UK. Prior to his current role, he was an entertainment and lifestyle buyer for Discovery Channel in the UK […]

Yahoo! orders Boris Johnson spoof from Warner Bros’ Yalli

Yahoo! UK has ordered a new five-part original series Boris Johnson’s Guide to London. The spoof will feature comedy actor Marek Larwood, from Yalli Productions’ BBC Three series Impractical Jokers, playing London mayor Boris Johnson as he embarks on an alternative tour of the English capital. It was ordered by Dan Watt-Smith, Yahoo! UK head […]

truTV expands Jokers brand

US cable channel truTV has given the greenlight to a third season of its pranks series Impractical Jokers, as well as ordering a new six-part spin-off show. The third season of the show, in which four friends dare each other to complete increasingly outrageous things in public, will comprise 15 episodes. It’s set to launch […]

Turner raids MTV for head of programming

Turner Broadcasting System has poached Chris Linn from MTV. Linn will be president and head of programming at TBS’ TruTV, responsible for all programming on the cable net including development and production of originals. Linn was executive VP of programming and head of production at the US MTV channel. At MTV he developed and oversaw […]

Hollywood Studio formats

Plans are underway to make some of the most iconic US shows ever for local broadcasters with international versions of 24, Breaking Bad, ER, Glee and Gossip Girl planned in countries as far afield as Israel and China. Shows including Prison Break, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives have already had the remake treatment and […]