Mike Darnell

Warner Horizon Scripted TV rejigs exec team, promotes London Redman

Warner Horizon Scripted Television has rejigged its exec team, appointing Leigh London Redman as EVP of scripted programming and promoting several others. The scripted arm of Warner Bros. Television Group has elevated London Redman, who has served as SVP of scripted programming since 2015, to the newly created role, where she will spearhead day-to-day creative […]

Burnett & Darnell create ‘entertainment Olympics’ show for CBS

Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell (below right) have joined forces to conjure up the “Olympics for entertainment” – a format called The World’s Best for US broadcaster CBS. The format is being billed as a “first-of-its-kind global talent competition that features acts from every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet”. Each episode will […]

ITV brings Darnell-Burnett gameshow to UK

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned a local version of Mike Darnell and Mark Burnett’s big-ticket gameshow 500 Questions. ITV plans to launch its version in a primetime slot next year, with Warner Bros. Television Production UK-owned Wall to Wall producing a four-episode season. Wall to Wall stablemate Warner Bros. International Television Distribution sells the […]

Fox veteran Hill exiting to create prodco

21st Century Fox is saying goodbye to senior programming executive David Hill after more than three decades. Hill, currently senior executive VP at the US-based media giant, is leaving to launch a production venture titled Hilly, which will focus on live production, reality series, production consultancy to organisations and digital investment. Hill is an institution […]

Burnett, Darnell ask 500 Questions in Cannes

US production gurus Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell will be in Cannes next week at an exclusive preview event for their ABC gameshow 500 Questions. The primetime show’s presenter, CNN’s Richard Quest, will also meet buyers at the event on Monday, April 13. Burnett is exec producer of the ABC show and Darnell creator. The event […]

Ex-FremantleMedia COO joins Telepictures

Warner Bros.’ US prodco Telepictures has recruited Donna Redier Linsk as executive VP, business operations and programming. Redier Linsk was COO of FremantleMedia’s North American unit between 2009 and 2013 and will report to Warner Bros.’ unscripted boss Mike Darnell in the newly-created position at Telepictures. She will oversee finance, production and all business affairs […]

Fox orders Zig Zag’s Prince Harry lookalike dating series

Fox has greenlit I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’, a new reality show in which US women compete for the attention of a man they believe is Britain’s Prince Harry. That person is in fact a lookalike of the British royal. The idea for the show came from Danny Fenton (pictured), CEO of Zig Zag Productions. The […]

BBC One finds The Link, Warner attached for sales

UK channel BBC One has commissioned a quiz show in which teams attempt to find the link between questions, with Warner Bros.’s international unit attached to sell the format rights. The Link will run on BBC One as a 25-episode series in a daytime slot, with Scotland’s STV Productions beginning production later this month in […]

Fox set to Release the Hounds with US format deal

US broadcaster Fox is set to air a local version of horror gameshow format Release the Hounds, TBI has learned. The US Release the Hounds commission has not been officially announced by Fox, but the US network is expected to confirm it shortly. The order will be a major coup for Gogglebox Entertainment, the UK […]

Simon Andreae lands Darnell’s Fox role, Sony project in doubt

Fox Broadcasting has handed Simon Andreae the coveted role at the top of its alternative programming unit following the departure of long time incumbent Mike Darnell. The move brings to an end Fox’s long search for a replacement for Darnell, who left earlier this year after nearly two decades with the 21st Century Fox-owned broadcaster. […]