Killer Karaoke

Digging into CEE

The number of pay TV homes in Central and Eastern Europe are set to fall, but international distributors tell TBI business in the region is booming A Digital TV Research report earlier this year forecast the number of pay television homes in Central and Eastern Europe to fall in 18 territories across the region in […]

ITV bringing back Name That Tune

The UK’s largest commercial broadcaster ITV is piloting a new version of Name That Tune, marking the return of the classic gameshow, TBI has learned. The previous ITV incarnation of the show was last on British screens 26 years ago. The new Name That Tune is described as a refreshed and reinvigorated version of the […]

Turner to launch truTV in UK

Turner Broadcasting UK is launching a new general entertainment free-to-air channel, truTV – it’s first venture into the British free-to-air market. The 24-hour channel will be available on the UK digital-terrestrial platform from early August, airing a range of unscripted shows including Fear Factor, Hardcore Pawn: Chicago (pictured), Killer Karaoke, Container Wars, South Beach Tow, […]

ITV’s High Noon floats Butterfly deal

High Noon Entertainment has inked a first-look deal with US indie Lucky Butterfly Productions. High Noon, the US Cake Boss prodco that ITV Studios acquired a majority stake in last year, has worked with Lucky Butterfly before on the GSN gameshow The Line. Under the terms of the deal, Lucky Butterfly and its founder Michael […]

Mid East nets to perform Killer Karaoke

Broadcasters across the Middle East have ordered local versions of Zodiak Rights’ comic singing format Killer Karaoke. Highways International Productions is producing 13 hour-long minutes episodes of Killer Karaoke to air in Egypt, UAE and Lebanon. These will go out on Al Hayat TV in Egypt, Abu Dhabi Al Ouha in the UAE and MTV […]

Zodiak Media appoints Russia CEO

Zodiak Media has appointed Laurent Saillard as CEO of Zodiak Vostok, its Russian division. Saillard joins the Russian arm of the production and distribution giant from free-to-air broadcaster Ren TV. He has also worked at TV firms including Endemol and Banijay. The CEO position was made vacant last October following the departure of Gennadij Kaganovitj. […]

New Canadian foodie channel rolls out

Gusto, a new lifestyle cable channel has launched in Canada. The specialty channel has rolled out on Bell’s pay TV platforms in Canada and said it will announce wider distribution soon. The Ottowa-based channel is run by Chris Knight’s Knight Enterprises, which makes a range of culinary themed programming including The Great Canadian Food Show, […]

Killer Karaoke in tune with Indian channel

Zodiak Media format Killer Karaoke is being produced for a Tamil-language channel in India. Zodiak-owned Sol Productions is produced a 42x60mins version of the entertainment format for Zee Tamizh. This comes after Killer Karaoake made its Asian debut on Thai channel MCOT recently and format deals with BHD in Vietnam, Mang Meas HDTV in Cambodia […]

Formats in focus: Zodiak Rights

Zodiak’s two big new formats stretch from the wacky Japanese-originated end of the market to the premium high-end studio format world. Zodiak inked a development deal with regional Japanese broadcaster ABC last year and heads into MIPCOM with the first fruit of that effort. Unlike some of the other deals between western and Japanese companies, […]

Zodiak puts Yates at top of restructured LA arm

Production giant Zodiak Media Group has named Tony Yates as CEO of a restructured LA division. The under new structure, Zodiak USA becomes Zodiak Los Angeles, with Yates, who was previously Zodiak Americas’ COO, taking a new chief exec role. In turn, Yates has appointed David Wollock from Zodiak’s LA-based Creative Innovation Unit as senior […]