Jane Dockery

Formats buyers out as Sony closes office

Sony Pictures Television is closing its formats acquisition department, axing well-known buyers Lisette van Diepen and Eric Kafoe, and shutting its Netherlands office in the process, TBI has learned. The two staffers and a third team member, an assistant, will leave as part of the closure, which comes as Sony takes a different approach in terms […]

New Dragons’ Den remakes in Europe, Africa

Broadcasters in Sweden, Portugal and South Africa are launching their own versions of the Sony-distributed business formats Dragons’ Den. In Sweden, Viasat-owned TV8 has ordered a 10-part run that will be known locally as Draknästet, with ITV Studios Nordic producing. In Portugal, Take & Sound Productions is producing a local run for commercial broadcaster SIC […]

Czech, Thai channels prescribed Dr. Oz remakes

Sony Pictures Television’s health-themed magazine format The Dr. Oz Show is being remade in the Czech Republic and Thailand. Czech free-to-air broadcaster Czech TV is producing 15 on-hour episodes of DoktorKa (pictured), which physician and TV personality Dr. Kateřina Cajthamlová will host. In Thailand, TrueVisions will produce at least 60 episodes, which will air daily […]