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TBI Formats: Year in Review

The best-sellers, the trend makers, the battles, the emerging territories, the industry favourites… here is the TBI Formats Year in Review. If This Time Next Year and Lip Sync Battle were among the best sellers, there were also new distributors on the ground this year. Twenty-sixteen was the first full year for Vivendi’s new formats […]

Grandpas Over Flowers blooms in Italy

Hit Korean format Grandpas Over Flowers is set for an Italian remake after Rai ordered a local version. The format, which went to NBC in the US as Better Late than Never, is repped internationally by Small World IFT. It has sealed a deal with Italian pubcaster Rai and the Italian version will go out […]

NBCU Intn’l, RTL, TF1 order first procedural

The international production arm of NBCUniversal and European powerhouse broadcasters RTL Deutschland and TF1 have greenlit Gone, the first international procedural resulting from the trio’s drama deal. The series will be based on the Chelsea Cain’s novel One Kick and run to twelve one-hour episodes. Chris Noth, star of juggernaut US procedural Law & Order, […]

NBCU details Hayu SVOD expansion plans

NBCUniversal International’s reality TV SVOD service, Hayu, will widen its reach with new rollouts, download to-view options and a physical retail presence by the end of the year. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London this week, Hendrik McDermott, senior vice-president, branded on-demand, Hayu at NBCUniversal, said Hayu will announce a deal with a […]

NBC remaking Sharon Horgan BBC comedy

US network NBC is developing a US version of cult BBC Three comedy Pulling. Original series creator Sharon Horgan (pictured) is attached to the new show as executive producer, alongside co-creator and writer Dennis Kelly. The 2006-2009 BBC series, from Silver River Productions, centred around three thirty-something women with unstable dating lives and living arrangements, […]

Jimmy Fallon moved, Seth Myers comes to UK

Late night US talkshow The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is moving to E! in the UK, prompting CNBC to introduce the Late Night with Seth Meyers. CNBC International had been putting out Fallon’s show, which will be on E! in the UK from tonight, prompting CNBC to add Seth Myers, also starting today. Myers’ […]

Propagate’s indie power play

Having been agents and then together at Reveille, Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens went on to run major US networks. Now they are back in the indie game, with broadcast, cable, SVOD and Apple projects underway at Propagate. Ben Silverman (right) is aiming high. Asked about his ambitions for the next 12 months, the […]

Propagate taking international formats to the US

Propagate is taking a telenovela from Argentina and a Turkish dating format into the US, company bosses Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens have told TBI. The A+E-backed US prodco will work up a US version of the Telefe telenovela Educating Nina, in partnership with the US division of the Argentinian broadcaster. The series, about […]

NBC will Stream Nordic competition series

US broadcaster NBC has acquired another European talent competition format, which will sit alongside The Voice. The Comcast-owned network will remake The Stream, which distributor Nordic World has been peddling in the run up to MIPCOM. The format comes from Norway, where it has made noise on commercial broadcaster TV2. It is a singing competition series […]

CBS rehires exec to launch unscripted studios unit

CBS has re-hired Ghen Maynard for the second time, this time to launch an unscripted division at its television studios arm. Maynard has been named senior executive VP, alternative programming at CBS Television Studios, reporting to president David Stapf. The new post will see him establishing an alternative department, though CBS TV Studios is already […]

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