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Passion to shop Stone Age fact-ent series and format

UK-based Passion Distribution has acquired the format and series rights to factual entertainment show Surviving The Stone Age: Adventure To The Wild. The 3 x 60-minute series, which is produced by Renegade Pictures and Motion Content Group for UK broadcaster Channel 4, is set to premiere on 7 November. It follows a group of leading […]

Discovery Italy sets sail for local ‘Love Island’

Discovery Italy has commissioned a local adaptation of ITV Studios reality dating format Love Island. Fremantle will produce the series, with the first season due to be released in 2021 across all Discovery’s platforms. The order makes Italy the 18th territory to pick up a local version of the show, which sees single men and […]

UK’s Drive ‘Chops’ into expanded factual formats slate

UK-based funding and sales company Drive has acquired global distribution rights to three new factual series. New 9 x 60-minute competition format The Chop follows 10 of the UK’s best carpenters as they gather in Epping Forest to whittle, carve and chop their way to see who will be crowned ‘Britain’s Top Woodworker’, and awarded […]

UK’s Channel 4 extends ‘The Circle’, orders celebrity edition

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a third season of Studio Lambert’s reality format The Circle, alongside a celebrity edition of the show, to air next year. The Celebrity Circle will be aired as part of the channel’s Stand Up To Cancer campaign. The UK version of The Circle is hosted by Emma Willis and […]

UK’s ITV cancels winter version of reality juggernaut ‘Love Island’

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has cancelled the winter version of its hit format Love Island, just over a month after axing its summer’s series. The reality ratings juggernaut launched a winter version in South Africa last year but was forced to cancel its next iteration this summer after producers were unable to come up with […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Painting Covid-19’s impact by numbers

Lockdown might be the new normal for large swathes of the world’s population but its myriad effects on content-skewing companies – and their bottom lines – remain tough to pin down. Things are becoming clearer however, as quarterly results, viewing figures and strategy tweaks come into plainer view. Here are five key figures from the […]

ITV cancels summer ‘Love Island’ as Covid-19 hits reality juggernaut

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has cancelled its ratings juggernaut Love Island after being unable to find a way to produce the show without contravening Covid-19 restrictions. ITV’s director of television Kevin Lygo, who admitted last week that the return of the hit UK reality show was unlikely to go ahead because of problems maintaining social […]

ITV’s Kevin Lygo cools on ‘Love Island’ return & reveals lockdown fears

ITV director of television Kevin Lygo has admitted that the return of hit UK reality show Love Island looks unlikely because of Covid-19 restrictions and revealed his fears that lockdown could push viewers to services such as Netflix. Love Island, produced by ITV Studios Entertainment and Motion Content Group, has been a ratings smash for […]

Netflix extends format duo ‘Love Is Blind’ and ‘The Circle’

Netflix has ordered two further seasons of dating format Love Is Blind and the US version of The Circle, both of which have been hits with subscribers and critics. Casting has started on the second season of Love Is Blind, which has been ordered from Red Arrow Studios’ LA-based producer Kinetic Content, and a third […]

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