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Italy & Russia latest to Guess My Age

Broadcasters in Italy and Russia have become the latest to remake French game show Guess My Age. Sky network TV8 has commissioned Banijay Group-owned Magnolia to produce 45 daily episodes later this month, while U-TV  in Russia is getting 20 daily eps from another Banijay firm, Mastiff. The deals with format owner Vivendi Entertainment, whose […]

TV4 hires ex-Zodiak Americas creative exec

Swedish free and pay TV broadcaster TV4 Group has made two key content appointments, bringing in former Zodiak Americas and Mastiff creative chief Cem Yeter. The broadcast group hired Yeter (pictured) in the new role of creative director. He was previously joint chief creative officer of production outfit Zodiak Americas’ Los Angeles unit, which is […]

Ronnigen returns as TV2 Norway chief exits

Trygve Rønningen is returning to Norwegian commercial broadcaster TV2 to replace Trond Kvernstrøm as channel director. Rønningen began his career at the Modern Times Group-owned network, but left 16 years ago. He has since held programme director roles at media Norwegian media firm P4 and Scandinavian prodco Mastiff, and was last year appointed as MTG’s […]

Houlind takes Banijay Zodiak Nordic top job

Jacob Houlind has been named group CEO of a merged Nordic division at fledgling super-indie Banijay Group. Houlind (left), previously CEO of Nordisk Film TV, will lead Banijay Zodiak Nordic, with Zodiak Nordic chief executive Johannes Jensen named VP and deputy group CEO. Banijay Zodiak Nordic will comprise the merged Scandinavian assets of Banijay Group […]

FremantleMedia hires TV3 exec to run Blu

Anne Bostrom has been appointed managing director of Danish production company Blu. She joins the producer, which is owned by FremantleMedia, from Danish free-to-air broadcaster TV3 where she was a commissioning editor. Prior to TV3 she worked at production companies including Mastiff, Metronome and Nordisk. She has also previously worked at Blu. At Blu, Bostrom […]

Russian net gets Shipwrecked, lines up Lyrics

Russian channel NTV has commissioned local versions of Zodiak Media-owned formats Shipwrecked and Don’t forget the Lyrics. Mastiff, the Zodiak Vostok-owned Russian producer, will produce the shows, which are expected to broadcast later this year. Shipwrecked will be a 13x90mins series. The reality competition format features young people living on a seemingly idyllic island and […]

Mastiff acquires Eccho’s Exit

Zodiak-owned Mastiff has picked up Eccho Rights entertainment format Exit, as one of several deals Scandinavian-based vendor Eccho has secured. Mastiff has secured Danish production rights on the much-travelled hi-octane format, which originated on NTV in Japan, though no broadcaster has been announced. “We are very optimistic that we will go into production in our […]

Killer Karaoke hits right note for Euro broadcasters

Zodiak Media’s extreme singing competition format Killer Karaoke has sold to broadcasters in the Netherlands and Czech Republic soon after launching in Russia. The format, billed as “the evil adaptation of Zodiak’s Sing if You Can”, will launch in the Netherlands on RTL5 tomorrow produced by Zodiak Nederland, while the Czech version comes from Real […]

Denmark’s Mastiff buys Japanese gameshow format

Danish producer Mastiff has acquired rights to Japanese gameshow Exit from vendor Eccho Rights. The entertainment format comes from Japanese producer Kenichiro Akiyama and has broadcast in the territory on Nippon Television for three seasons. The format sees teams of contestants take on mental and physical challenges against the clock to escape from locked rooms. […]