ITV revives ‘Ninja Warrior UK’ format with new twist

UK broadcaster ITV is reviving competition series Ninja Warrior UK after a three-year break, with an updated format. In a twist on the usual proceedings, the show will crown two champions – one male and one female – that prove themselves on “the most challenging course ever.” The contestants will not only face each other […]

Bulgaria & Slovakia catch up with ITVS quizzer ‘The Chase’

Bulgarian broadcaster Nova and Markiza in Slovakia have ordered local versions of ITV Studios (ITVS) quizshow format The Chase. The show was created by ITVS’s UK production outfit Potato and requires a team of four strangers to face tough, quick-fire questions individually to build up their team’s prize money. To make it back to their […]

ITVS closes Gameface, Crook & Second Act, with Adam Adler joining Potato

ITV Studios (ITVS) is moving The Void producer Gameface into Beat The Chasers firm Potato, while Crook Productions and Second Act Productions are being closed. The rejig will see Gameface’s Adam Adler becoming creative director at Potato, with its IP including Britain’s Brightest Family being moved into the Potato label. Adler will join fellow creative […]

ITV spins-off ‘Mummy Diaries’ reality series as star quits

UK-based ITV-owned FTA channel ITVbe has commissioned Billie & Greg: The Family Diaries, a spin-off to its existing The Mummy Diaries reality franchise. Produced by Potato, part of ITV Studios, the series will follow Billie Shepherd and husband Greg as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. Heading to on ITVbe and VOD […]

Elephant House taps ITV Studios label for creative director

Viacom International Media Networks’ (VIMN) Elephant House Studios has hired Ed Taylor, from ITV Studios label Potato, as creative director. Elephant is the BAFTA winning production arm of UK broadcaster Channel 5, and producer of MTV and Comedy Central content in the territory. In the newly created role, Taylor will take overall responsibility for all […]

UKTV orders Sally Phillips original My Favourite Sketch

UKTV has ordered an original sketch comedy series from Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones’s Diary) for its comedy channel Gold. The series will be hosted by Phillips (pictured), who will invite a new comedy star in each episode to discuss sketches in the last 70 years of comedy. It will air later this year. The full […]

Potato gains Powers through Love hire

ITV Studios (ITVS)-owned prodco Potato has hired Love Productions executive producer Sharon Powers. She joins the Ninja Warrior UK producer this week as a creative director, having previously been executive producer at The Great British Bake Off prodco Love. Potato managing director Martin Kelpie said the hire was strategic. “I’ve made no secret of the […]

ITV confirms Talpa Cannonball deal

ITV has confirmed it will run a local version of Cannonball, the physical gameshow from Talpa. The UK broadcaster will run a ten-part version of the show, with its in-house prodco Potato making the show. The family gameshow has contestants take on a range of water-based challenges. It originated in the Netherlands and comes from […]

C5 orders Freddie Mercury, Karen Carpenter shows

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered docudrama specials about Freddie Mercury and Karen Carpenter. Both stars suffered untimely deaths and the films, from ITV prodco Potato, will look at the true stories behind the loss of the Queen and The Carpenters singers. Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender Revealed and Karen Carpenter: Goodbye To Love will […]