Rising Star

Rising Star adaptation leads Sri Lankan content “renaissance”

A local adaptation of Keshet International’s Rising Star is having a transformative impact on Sri Lankan broadcaster Hiru TV. Manori Ravindran reports. A “renaissance” in Sri Lankan entertainment programming has led to more demand than ever for large-scale offerings that leverage audience engagement. Unlike the island nation’s monolithic neighbor to the north, India, it has […]

Rising Star gets five-series deal in Sri Lanka

Keshet International has struck a multi-series deal for Rising Star in Sri Lanka. Asia Broadcasting Corporation-owned digital channel Hiru TV has ordered five series (52 x 90 minutes) of the interactive talent format, in which home audiences can vote in real-time via a free voting app for singing contestants of their choice, while judges vote […]

Keshet Int’l sets up Lat Am production hub

The international arm of Keshet is opening up a new production hub in Mexico to service the Latin America and US Hispanic markets, TBI has learned. Keshet MX will make Keshet-originated, third-party and coproduced shows in the region, with Frank Scheuermann (below left), who joined KI from Sony Pictures Television’s Colombian prodco Teleset last year, […]

Keshet International adding to the MX

In December, Keshet International’s Asia chief, Gary Pudney, told TBI about the distributor’s plans for new offices and staff in the region. As NATPE Miami starts, the company’s Latin America boss, Kelly Wright, picks up the story, telling Stewart Clarke about plans for a Mexican production unit and an expanded local sales team. Keshet International […]

10 MIPTV takeaways: #1 No Rising Star, but Roots established

The years when everyone was talking about one show at the MIPTV market are over. MIPTV takeaways: #1 no Rising Star, but Roots established MIPTV takeaways: #2 VR now a reality? MIPTV takeaways: #3 Vivendi puts Europe in the spotlight MIPTV takeaways: #4 eclectic talent on the Croisette MIPTV takeaways: #5 where’s the party?  MIPTV takeaways: #6 the many […]

Deal Monitor: week starting November 30

A round-up of all the key deals in international television this week (beginning November 30, 2015; most recent from top). France Télévisions Distribution has sold The Parenthood Instruction Manual into Gabon, with prodcos Princesse M Productions and Watara Productions creating a local version Cartoon Network has created a free app for smartphones and tablets, Cartoon […]

Caroline Beaton: Why niche is the new normal

In an increasingly fragmented TV landscape, should broadcasters and producers focus more on niche formats than on trying to recreate the entertainment and reality juggernauts of the noughties, says Viacom International Media Networks senior VP, international programme sales Caroline Beaton. We’re told we are living through a ‘golden age’ of television, with intensifying competition for […]

Buyers Briefing: Devi Noviana, RCTI (Indonesia)

Name: Devi Noviana Title: head of international acquisitions Ahead of the ATF market in Singapore, TBI spoke to key buyers in the region about their acquisitions strategy Describe the profile of the channel for which you are buying? RCTI’s target audience is Male/FemaleABC 5+ and most of our programming is general entertainment with local drama […]

Berger exits ABC

Lisa Berger is exiting her post as the top reality exec as US broadcaster ABC after less than a year. Berger was appointed executive VP, alternative programming to replace John Saade in September last year, but is now leaving the Alphabet. Rob Mills, VP of alternative series, will oversee the reality unit until a full […]

ITV scraps Rising Star ahead of launch

ITV has scrapped its version of the Rising Star format before it has launched. The UK commercial broadcaster was one of a raft of buyers of the interactive singing competition format, which was hugely successful in Israel. However, it has now decided not to push ahead with the UK series amid concerns over ratings and […]

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