Saudi Arabia’s MBC & Shahid VIP unveil writing talent scheme

Saudi Arabia media giant MBC Group has launched a new program designed to discover domestic and international writing talent, with ideas potentially then being turned into shows for its streamer Shahid VIP. Fikraty – which means ‘my idea’ – is aimed at aspiring writers and will see talent collaborating with MBC and Shahid VIP to turn […]

Ukraine’s 1+1 to continue with ‘Masquerade’ as ‘Masked Singer’ dispute heats up

Ukrainian broadcaster 1+1 has said it is not planning to make any changes to its singing show Masquerade, as its dispute with The Masked Singer distributor Fremantle and local network TRK Ukraine continues. The disagreement began last month when TRK Ukraine accused rival 1+1 of ripping off The Masked Singer, arguing that the local remake of Antena’s Mysteries In […]

South Korea’s MBC launches sci-fi anthology

South Korean network MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation) is launching SF8, an original sci-fi anthology series produced in collaboration with Korean OTT platform Wavve and DGK (Directors’ Guild of Korea). Each of the eight episodes will be directed by a different Korean films director, boasting different styles, but all centring on people who dream of a […]

WarnerMedia’s TBS adapts South Korean social media format for US

WarnerMedia’s US cable network TBS is preparing to launch a local version of a South Korean talent format, with the exec who took The Masked Singer to America attached as exec producer. Celebrity Show-Off is based on MBC’s format My Little Television, which follows contestants as they attempt to claim the highest number of views […]

Exclusive: MENA streamer Shahid reveals budgets & int’l plans in TBI Talks (watch here)

To watch TBI Talks on demand, please click above Middle East-based streamer Shahid is looking to “substantially” ramp up budgets for its original high-end drama from the $1m per episode mark, as part of its “ambitious” strategy to expand partnerships outside of the region. The streamer, which is part of the Saudi Arabia-backed MBC Group, […]

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 […]

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