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News round-up: eOne to adapt Trivial Pursuit gameshow; Pippa Harris named Bafta TV VP; Red Arrow Studios sells Gravitas Ventures

eOne to adapt Trivial Pursuit gameshow Hasbro-owned Entertainment One (eOne) has partnered with LeVar Burton Entertainment (LBE) to adapt Hasbro’s trivia game Trivial Pursuit into a gameshow format. Actor, author and TV host Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) will present the show as well as executive produce, alongside Tara Long and Geno McDermott from […]

Unscripted round-up: Rocket takes ‘Essex Lorry Killers’ doc; Protagonist crowned ‘The Kings’ distributor; Channel 4 heads for Beverly Hills

Rocket takes ‘Essex Lorry Killers’ doc Rocket Rights has acquired international distribution rights to one-off British documentary Hunting The Essex Lorry Killers. Produced by UK-based Expectation for BBC Two, the film tracks the investigation into the death of 39 Vietnamese migrants who suffocated in the back of a lorry in October 2019 whilst being trafficked […]

Factual round-up: BBC heads ‘Inside Dubai’; ‘The Beatles And India’ goes global; Netflix acquires Peter Tatchell doc for Oz & NZ

BBC heads ‘Inside Dubai’ UK pubcaster the BBC has commissioned Inside Dubai: Playground Of The Rich, a new three-part factual series from Spun Gold TV, for its BBC2 channel. The 3 x 60-minute series goes behind the scenes of the fast-growing city which now counts 52,000 millionaires and billionaires among its three million inhabitants.  A tax […]

Pre-sale deals take Spun Gold’s ‘Diana’s Decades’ worldwide

Broadcasters and platforms around the world have struck pre-sale deals with UK distributor and production funding broker Silverlining Rights for the upcoming ITV docuseries Diana’s Decades. Silverlining has revealed that is has secured a substantial proportion of the production budget at development stage through pre-sales to broadcasters including Network 10 in Australia, TVNZ in New Zealand, SVT […]

Round-up: SBS & Vice Media renew partnership; Viasat World & ZDFE strike factual deal; TVF International strikes first-look with Attitude Pictures

SBS & Vice Media renew partnership Australian broadcaster SBS has renewed its content partnership with Vice Media Group, with new programming for its SBS Viceland TV channel and SBS digital platforms. The agreement includes more than 1,000 hours of Vice Media Group content, with exclusive access to more than 600 hours of new, original programming. […]

News round-up: Sky Studios invests in Longboat Pictures; Travel Channel orders eerie doc series from Karga Seven; Love Nature lands on Xumo in US and more…

Sky Studios invests in UK prodco Longboat Pictures Comcast-owned Sky Studios has acquired a minority stake in Longboat Pictures, a new London-based indie prodco specialising in TV drama. Longboat was founded last year by LA-based director-producer Julie Anne Robinson and former ITV commissioner Victoria Fea. Under the deal, Sky Studios’ investment will help to accelerate Longboat’s […]

ITV orders gameshow special from Spun Gold

ITV in the UK has ordered a new format that pits previous contestants of major TV gameshows against each other. Quizmaster will be hosted by UK presenter Jeremy Vine and will feature 15 previous contestants of shows including Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Mastermind, The Chase, Fifteen To One and University Challenge. They will […]

Animal rights group PETA hits out against Discovery’s ‘Man vs. Bear’ competition

Animal rights group PETA is hitting out against Discovery’s forthcoming Man vs. Bear in the latest wave of animal welfare concerns raised around recent TV series. The organisation has said Discovery is “normalising exploitation” with the commission of Kinetic Content’s competition series, which finds a group of three grizzly bears – all of whom were […]