Rupaul’s Drag Race

BBC Three revs up more ‘Drag Race UK’

BBC Three has renewed its hit local adaptation of RuPaul’s Drag Race for a second season.  The format, produced by World of Wonder, will return to the digital offering next year, and applications are now open for second season contestants. The first season of the programme, which launched 3 October, has drawn 6.5m total requests […]

Viacom bolsters Pluto TV with seven new channels

Viacom has further bolstered its Pluto TV AVOD with seven new channels. The most noteworthy of these channels is one solely dedicated to VH1’s popular series RuPaul’s Drag Race, which is made up of episodes from the show’s first five seasons. There are also channels dedicated to other VH1 series Love & Hip Hop and Black Ink Crew. The […]

RuPaul prodco launches LGBT-themed SVOD net

The prodco behind RuPaul’s Drag Race is launching a pop culture-, drag- and LGBT-themed subscription VOD service. World of Wonder (WOW) is lining up WOW Presents Plus, which will offer original series from Drag Race breakout stars such as Valentina, Bob the Drag Queen and Detox. It will also offer shows from emerging talent such […]

Hulu set for RuPaul drama

Hulu is set to develop RuPaul’s half-hour dramedy series loosely based on the Drag Race star’s life. The subscription VOD service will be working with both the star of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams for the project, currently titled Queen. Queen is a fictionalised version of RuPaul’s rise from club kid to drag […]

Deal round-up: Discovery buys Lebron James series

Discovery Networks has bought Latin American distribution rights for the new LeBron James series Cleveland Hustles. The show follows NBA superstar LeBron James and his business partner and friend Maverick Carter as they give local entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch business ideas and rejuvenate Cleveland neighbourhoods. In its latest deal with international producer and distributor […]

New owners, CEO for Canadian LGBT net

A Canadian LGBTQ network has got a new majority owner and CEO. OUTtv has appointed Brad Danks as its CEO, while Vancouver-based private equity firm Stern Partners has secured majority ownership of the network. James Shavick will remain a shareholder and chairman of the board after ten years as CEO and majority owner. Shamsh Kassam, CFO […]

Passion ups Elin Thomas

Passion Distribution has promoted Elin Thomas to director of global sales. Thomas (pictured) joined Passion last summer after almost two decades at BBC Worldwide, latterly as its international formats chief. At Tinopolis-owned, UK-based distributor Passion, Thomas is credited with growing overall and format sales with notable deals for entertainment series RuPaul’s Drag Race and Worst […]

UK’s truTV lands America’s Got Talent

The British version of truTV has landed the latest season of US reality competition series America’s Got Talent. The exclusive deal with distributor FremantleMedia International marks one of the biggest deals truTV has struck since launching in the UK on digital free-TV last year. Produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment, America’s Got Talent […]

Buyers line up for RuPaul’s Drag Race

Passion has sold US drag queen competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race to a host of broadcasters. Discovery’s female-skewed TLC channel has acquired it for Germany and Turner’s TruTv has snagged UK rights. In Brazil, pay TV channel operator Globosat has picked it up for its Multishow channel. In Canada, the OutTV specialty channel has bought […]

Sony Max acquires Passion’s Man V Food Nation

Pan African broadcaster Sony Max has acquired rebellious food format Man V. Food Nation after striking a deal with distributor Passion Distribution. The sale comes ahead of DISCOP Africa at the end of October. The Sony-owned network bought season one of the Adam Richman-fronted series as well as two accompanying specials. This latest deals follows […]