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MIPTV formats round-up – updated throughout the day

Fremantle Finland appoints new CEO Jarkko Luoma has been appointed as the new CEO for Fremantle Finland, following the exit of Joonas Hytönen. Hytönen has decided to step down and the change of management was made effective on 1 April 2022. Luoma is promoted into the role from the position of head of development & […]

Banijay buys ZnakTV & hires founder to lead Initial & Remarkable

Banijay has acquired Natalka Znak’s production company ZnakTV and appointed its founder to become CEO of UK firms Remarkable Entertainment and Initial. Znak will continue to run ZnakTV in the US alongside overseeing the two UK-based companies, which are behind shows including Pointless, Starstruck, The Wall, Soccer Aid, Tenable and Big Brother. Banijay said Znak would […]

Banijay UK appoints Initial’s Sandra Smith as director of production

Banijay UK has appointed Initial exec Sandra Smith to the newly created role of director of production, with a focus on unscripted content. Reporting to CFO Derek O’Gara and director of HR and operations, Bella Lambourne, Smith will join the senior management team for the UK group, and work alongside label directors of production and […]

Channel 5 axes Big Brother as Endemol sale heats up

Channel 5 has cancelled Big Brother after eight years on the Viacom-owned broadcaster. The channel has confirmed that series 19, which launched on C5 on Friday (14 September), will be the final run for the Initial-produced programme. A finale is slated for 5 November. Spin-off Celebrity Big Brother has also been axed. C5 and producer […]

ITV orders daytime quiz, Fearless drama

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered a 20x60mins daytime quiz show from Endemol Shine Group prodco Initial, and a 6x60mins political drama from a Homeland producer. The quiz format is based around a perceived British obsession with top ten lists. Teams of five players aim to move up a money ladders by finding top ten answers […]

Big Brother exec leaving Endemol Shine’s Initial

Long-serving Initial executive Nick Samwell-Smith is leaving the Big Brother prodco after almost twenty years. The company is part of the Endemol Shine Group, which confirmed Samwell-Smith’s exit and added creative director Mirella Breda will step up to managing director. Samwell-Smith joined Initial in 1997 and was upped to creative director in 2006, and then […]

Buccaneer nabs Big Bro exec from Endemol Shine

London-based Buccaneer Media has poached an Endemol Shine UK executive to become its head of unscripted. Denis O’Connor (pictured) joins the firm from Endemol Shine Group’s Initial, where he was creative director of Big Brother, Big Brother’s Bit of the Side and Celebrity Big Brother. He will work alongside Buccaneer founder Tony Wood, who is […]

Hulu buys Mr Bean toon

US on-demand and catch-up service Hulu has acquired Mr Bean: The Animated Series. Hulu has bought seasons one and two, totalling 104x11mins. The cartoon show, based on the live-action comedy series of the same name, is on CITV in the UK where it is performing strongly. Season two launched on CITV in February. The show […]

ITV orders Initial’s Almost Impossible Game Show

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has ordered The Almost Impossible Game Show, a new physical gameshow from Endemol Shine prodco Initial. Billed as a comedy gameshow, the series will have ten contestants taking on hilarious challenges. The participants have 50 chances to complete five challenges. The 6x60mins show will go out later this year on ITV2. […]

Robinson out as Endemol Shine reveals UK team

Tim Robinson is leaving the Endemol Shine Group as the mega-indie this morning revealed its UK management team. Early indications were that Robinson, previously Shine Group’s COO, was negotiating what one source described as a “top international role”, but this has not come to pass. He will exit in the spring. The news came concurrently […]