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TBI Formats: Seven ways to future-proof your format

Girts Licis, head of strategy at global consultancy K7 Media, gives his top tips on future-proofing in the fast-changing format market and offers insights from the intelligence firm’s recent report, Tracking the Giants: The Top 100 Travelling Formats. Relationship building In an increasingly digital world, you can’t underestimate the importance of a human relationship. Before […]

Middle East’s MBC picks up Banijay gameshow format ‘Beat Your Host’

Middle Eastern free-to-air broadcaster MBC has acquired remake rights to Banijay’s upbeat gameshow format Beat Your Host. The deal for the show, sold by Banijay Rights, marks the first time the format has travelled to the region. Local prodco Cedars Art Production (Sabbah Brothers) is behind the remake, which will be titled Eghleb El Sakka. […]

MBC’s South Korean format ‘The Masked Singer’ reaches 50 country milestone

South Korean broadcaster MBC has said its hit singing format The King Of Mask Singer (aka The Masked Singer) has now sold into more than 50 countries. The show premiered on MBC in 2015 and has already aired in Thailand, Mexico, Australia, France, Germany and Portugal, with its UK version debuting earlier this month. The […]

Fox partners with Warner Bros., Ellen DeGeneres on ‘The Masked Dancer’

US broadcaster Fox is moving ahead with a spin-off from its hit entertainment format The Masked Singer. The Masked Dancer was originally devised for the Ellen DeGeneres’ talkshow and sees celebrities dressed in elaborate costumes performing dance routines, with guests guessing their identity. It is being produced by DeGeneres, Fox Alternative Entertainment and Warner Bros. […]

Zodiak Media, Canal+ alum appointed to head up Middle East’s MBC

Former Zodiak Media and Canal+ executive Marc Antoine d’Halluin has been appointed as CEO at MBC Group, the Saudi Arabia-controlled broadcaster that is the largest in the Middle East. D’Halluin will join the company on January 5 and replaces Sam Barnett, who left in October after 17 years. The new CEO previously served as chairman […]

ITV confirms ‘Masked Singer’ to debut in 2020

ITV has confirmed that it is adapting hit Korean format The Masked Singer, as reported exclusively by TBI earlier this year.  The format will be a stripped, eight-part event that will TX in 2020. Argonon Group-backed producer Bandicoot will produce after having optioned the format a number of years ago, as previously reported. In the US, […]

Exclusive: Fox’s Masked Singer optioned in the UK

Argonon Group-backed producer Bandicoot Television has optioned Fox’s hit format The Masked Singer for the UK. The format debuted on the US broadcaster on 2 January in a Wednesday 9pm slot, drawing more than 9m viewers and marking the highest rated unscripted debut on any US network in seven years, topping The X Factor’s September 2011 launch. […]

Beta Film & O3 Productions team for Arab-European copros

Beta Film and O3 Productions, the production arm of Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC, are partnering for a multi-series deal to coproduce scripted projects that bridge Arab and European world. The deal marks the first major partnership O3 has made with a European business. A number of series are already in development under the new agreement. […]

Korean networks launch US on-demand service

South Korean three largest networks – KBS, MBC and SBS – have jointly launched a subscription on-demand platform in the US. The trio has formed new SVOD service Kocowa through their joint venture KCP Global. This will offer subscribers streamed South Korean entertainment programming and K-pop shows. Shows will be made available subtitled into English […]

Ampere: Saudi web users consume most TV & video

Saudi Arabian internet users watched more TV and video online than people in any other country, according to a new global study by Ampere Analysis. The research firm found that 87% of viewers in Saudi Arabia watch online video content on their smartphones, versus a survey average of 58% across 13 countries. The number of […]

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