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Fizz’s Neale Simpson handed reins to entertainment label

Fizz creative director Neale Simpson is stepping up to head the RDF-backed entertainment label. Simpson will take the reins at the Crystal Maze and Tipping Point business, tasked with growing the prodco’s output. He will lead on all development, production and operations. The nine-year RDF exec founded Fizz five years back and has been central […]

Crystal Maze prodco partners with Ireland’s Nice One

RDF-owned prodco Fizz, the producer of the UK’s Crystal Maze (pictured) format, has partnered with Belfast-based Nice One Productions to create localised formats. The partnership, which received funding from Northern Ireland Screen, will see Fizz work with Nice One to co-develop and co-produce a range of formats for local and national broadcasters. The tie-up responds to […]

30 years of TBI: The TBI 20 (2003)

TBI turns 30 this year, and to celebrate we will be publishing a series of archive articles chronicling the evolving television and entertainment landscape since 1988. In 2003, TBI asked the industry to nominate the top 20 executives in the business at that point, and results brought together some of the biggest names in the […]

Raft of Secret Life of 4 Year Olds deals

The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds format has been picked up by broadcasters across Europe. The format observes a group of 4 year olds in detail, showing how they play and interact with each other in a real nursery setting. The show was created by UK prodco RDF, which is part of the Banijay […]

Blink poaches Boomerang exec producer

British producer Blink Films has expanded its team by drafting in Boomerang executive Jon Lloyd as creative director of popular factual. This comes soon after Tin Roof Media bought a majority stake in London-based Blink, which is behind shows including Secret Nazi Files and The Brain with David Eagleman. Lloyd was most recently executive producer at […]

Ex-Zodiak US chief creates Pandemo

Veteran exec Jonny Slow has launched a new US-based content company, Pandemo, and has a show in development for MTV in the US with the prodco set up by Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun. Slow exited Zodiak Media last year. Having been COO of Zodiak Media (now Banijay Group), Slow oversaw the reorganisation of the […]

Zodiak Americas boss Slow exits

Jonny Slow is leaving the US division of production and distribution group Zodiak Media. Having been COO of Zodiak Media, Slow oversaw the reorganisation of the group’s US activities and creation of Zodiak Americas in 2012, becoming CEO of the new division. Zodiak announced last night that he had resigned. It said he will continue […]

Mentorn poaches BBC doc specialist

Mentorn Media’s Scottish office has poached Iain Scollay, a documentary specialist from UK pubcaster the BBC. Scollay will be Mentorn Scotland’s creative executive, a role in which he will develop ideas and executive produce and make programming. He’ll be based in Glasgow. Scollay is best known as a BBC filmmaker behind docs for the Cutting […]

MTG Studios makes its move

MTG rebranded Modern Studios and created MTG Studios two years ago with little fanfare. However, subsequent deals for Paprika Latino and Novemberfilm have helped put it on the map. TBI speaks to its CEO, Patrick Svensk, about creating a Scandinavian-owned Studio and to the people running its latest and most notable acquisition, UK-based distributor DRG. […]

Hat Trick poaches Wipeout exec from Endemol

Hat Trick has recruited Andy Rowe from Endemol and he will join the UK indie producer next month. Rowe’s recent credits include exec producing six episodes of Total Wipeout for BBC1 in the UK. While at Endemol he also launched Golden Balls and 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow. As a series producer Rowe has […]