Nicolas Paalzow

RTL II names ents chief as Vanhoefer exits

German channel RTL II has named Shona Fraser as its director of entertainment and development following the exit of Tabea Vanhoefer. England-born Fraser (pictured) has worked at companies including RTL subsidiary prodco Norddeich TV, Red Bull TV and Tresor Television, but now heads up the commercial channe’s entertainment efforts. “With her longstanding expertise in front of […]

Sat.1 cancels Talpa’s Newtopia

German broadcaster Sat.1 has cancelled Newtopia, the local version of the Talpa format Utopia. The last episode of the social experiment format will go out on the free-to-air channel this Friday. The German show has been beset by controversy, being dubbed ‘Faketopia’ locally after a drunk producer was filmed entering the set and giving the reality […]