Prized Apart

Andreae’s Naked hires O’Brien

Naked Entertainment has recruited Tom O’Brien to run its development and work up new unscripted ideas. Naked is the UK prodco created by Simon Andreae, the former Fox and Discovery exec, with backing from FremantleMedia. O’Brien, who has held development positions at Remarkable Television, TwoFour Broadcast and Electric Ray, will be director of development. His […]

Quiz + game = broad entertainment

“Buyers have been looking for more than straightforward Q+A for some time; they want more escapist shows with more fun built in,” says one distribution boss, underlining the challenge of selling question and answer-based shows. Although Q+A lends itself very well to younger-skewing digital applications, buyers are wary quizzes skew old. One answer is to […]

Electric Ray poaches Endemol’s Parry

Sony-backed UK prodco Electric Ray has brought Endemol entertainment executive Shaun Parry into its fold. Parry will take up the new post of creative director, overseeing Electric Ray’s entertainment programming slate as well as its development unit, which creates formats for the international market. He takes up the post in March and will report to […]

Couples to be Prized Apart on BBC One

UK terrestrial BBC One has commissioned a Saturday night series that combines “heart-stopping location adventure and high studio drama”. Prized Apart (WT) will see 10 men and women leave their friends and family to undertake challenges such as river rapid riding and jumps from snow-capped mountains. Each week, the worst performing contestant will be flown […]