Long Lost Family

Beta Film buys into Lineup Industries

Beta Film has bought into Lineup Industries, the distribution business set up in 2014 by former Endemol and Sony executives Ed Louwerse and Julian Curtis. Beta will take a minority stake in Lineup for an undisclosed amount, marking a major move into unscripted programming. German producer and distributor Beta has a stake in Seapoint, the […]

Long Lost Family turns up on TLC

TLC has ordered a local version of the Long Lost Family format. The US cable net had piloted a US version of the evergreen series and has now ordered a full series, which will hit its air in March. The show is distributed by Lineup Industries, the independent distributor run by former Endemol and Sony […]

Ten resurrects Survivor, orders Long Lost Family

Network Ten has ordered several international formats and finished shows as part of its new season line-up, and renewed a raft of others. The Australian free-to-air broadcaster is resurrecting the classic reality format Survivor for its 2016 line-up. Local versions of the CBS-distributed survival format have run on both of Ten’s commercial rivals – Network Seven […]

Lineup bags former Absolutely format

Lineup Industries has acquired rights to evergreen format Long Lost Family, which formerly went out through fellow Amsterdam-based distributor Absolutely Independent. The KRO-NCRV format (also known as Find My Family) has run in the Netherlands for more than two decades, and airs in the UK on ITV, as well as in Norway, Italy, Denmark, Hungary […]

TLC to pilot Dutch format Find My Family

Absolutely Independent’s reunion-themed format Find My Family is being pilot for US cable channel TLC. The pilot will likely go out as Long Lost Family, the same name the format employs in the UK, were it plays on commercial channel ITV. Shed Media US is producing the pilot, which will launch on Discovery Communications’ female-skewed […]

ITV returns to Long Lost Family

UK commercial channel ITV has commissioned a fourth season of Long Lost Family, its version of long running Dutch format Find My Family. The recommission comes after the Wall to Wall-produced Long Lost Family won the Royal Television Society award for Best Popular Factual programme. Absolutely Independent distributes the format, which has run for more […]

Sharman relocates to SBS

Australian multicultural broadcaster SBS has appointed former ITV director of daytime Alison Sharman to the new role of head of commissioning. She will relocate to Australia after 20 years working in senior roles for UK broadcasters ITV and the BBC. Sharman exited UK terrestrial ITV in February after seven years, where she was most recently […]

Klein leaves BBC Four to take ITV factual post

BBC four controller Richard Klein has been hired to lead rival ITV’s factual charge, as part of a series of new appointments. He will become the UK commercial channel’s director of factual, with former Channel 4 daytime chief Helen Warner becoming director of daytime. The pair join ITV this summer to take over the duties […]