Space Race

Endemol to launch Mars mission

Endemol-owned Darlow Smithson Productions has partnered with an international space programme, which is attempting to establish a permanent human colony on Mars. DSP is working with Mars One, which selects and trains astronauts, on the project. The producer will create a “worldwide TV event” featuring candidates as they prepare for the mission. Programming around space […]

Watch this space

Almost 60 years after the Americans and Russians battled for supremacy of the stars, two new reality TV formats are engaged in their own space race, while more broadly factual space programming is becoming hot property with Nat Geo set to launch its Cosmos reboot on Sunday (March 8). Huw Fullerton reports. Who will win […]

Rewriting The Bible

Television’s most consistent independent producer Mark Burnett tells Jesse Whittock about the success of History miniseries The Bible, why its sequel ended up with NBC and his plans to expand further into international distribution and create Arabic-language programming What do you do if, 13 years after producing the reality show that redefined  US primetime television, […]

Burnett, Branson go to space with NBC

NBC is continuing to bet big on primetime with the commission of a competition reality series from The Bible‘s Mark Burnett and Richard Branson in which everyday people compete for the chance to travel to space. The commission of Space Race comes weeks after the expensive Million Second Quiz ended following a two week daily […]