Saudi’s Shahid VIP expands drama push with sci-fi show ‘Hell’s Gate’

Saudi Arabian streamer Shahid VIP is expanding its big budget drama offering with a new a sci-fi show set in Lebanon. Hell’s Gate is being produced by Cedars Art Production and is set in Beirut in 2025. The story explores how a band of revolutionaries attempt to overthrow a group of private investors and businesses, who […]

Amazon preps Japanese version of ‘The Masked Singer’

Amazon has ordered a local version of The Masked Singer for its streaming service in Japan. It will be hosted by local TV star Yo Oizumi and will debut from 3 September, featuring 12 masked celebrities as an expert panel attempt to work out who they are from the pop songs they sing. Erika North, […]

Fremantle takes ‘Masked Dancer’ production rights for Europe, Middle East & Africa

Fremantle has acquired production rights to entertainment format The Masked Dancer in 29 territories across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Fremantle will produce in those countries where it has a production office on the ground and license to local broadcasters to produce in those that it does not. The company also holds the production rights […]

South Korean streamer Wavve unveils $900m originals plan amid global push

South Korean streamer Wavve, which was launched by local broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS with the backing of SK Telecom, is to spend almost $900m on new content and establish a studio for originals as part of a strategy to increase its global activities. The OTT service, which is formally known as Content Wavve, was established […]

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, […]