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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 […]

MGM aims to become ‘powerhouse’ in unscripted

Buoyed by its recent deal with Mark Burnett that gave it The Apprentice and Survivor, MGM says it will become a ‘powerhouse’ in unscripted programming in the international market. The US studio is best known for its features, and more recently TV drama including Fargo, Vikings and Teen Wolf. However, it is now has some […]

News brief: Survivor spin-off for TV4

TV4 in Sweden has ordered a romance-tinged spin-off of Zodiak Media’s Survivor reality format. Mastiff Sweden will produce Survivor Love Edition, which will see seven girls and guys stranded on an island working as pairs to survive. It will TX as Robinson – Love Edition next year with 30-episodes forthcoming. Elsewhere, Canal 5 in Italy […]

MGM buys Mark Burnett prodco

US studio MGM has taken a 55% stake in Lightworkers Media, the production company run by Mark Burnett, his partner Roma Downey, and Hearst Entertainment. The deal, which also includes Burnett’s One Three Media, includes all of the prodcos’ key intellectual property, giving MGM control of series including Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Bible […]

Europe’s most valuable formats

The UK is the most lucrative formats market in Europe, while TF1 is the leading broadcaster and Money Drop and Come Dine with Me are the most successful formats in the region, according to new research. Endemol, ITV and FremantleMedia, meanwhile, are Europe’s most successful formats distributors. Knowing the value of your content is a […]

News brief: US Survivor reaches 30

CBS has commissioned two more seasons of evergreen competition reality series Survivor, taking it into its 30th edition. The most recent edition, Survivor: Blood Vs. Water, ends with a finale show and a one-hour live reunion programme this Sunday (December 16). Mark Burnett and host Jeff Probst will executive produce seasons 29 and 30, which […]

TV’s conscious effort

Cruel critiques and manufactured conflict have been replaced by supportive smiles, warm hugs and a belief that shows should seek to transform someone’s prospects or help them grow emotionally in an ongoing raft of caring sharing formats reports Andy Fry. There was a time between 2003 and 2009 when factual and entertainment formats seemed to […]

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, […]

Mark Burnett plots third-party sales, Beyond the Bible follow up

Mark Burnett’s prodco One Three Media is moving into third-party sales for the first time, the prolific producer has told TBI. In a wide ranging interview, the Bible and Shark Tank producer also revealed he is working on a third faith-based scripted series that will follow his upcoming miniseries for NBC. On the distribution front, […]

Global formats: sing and the world watches with you

TBI has teamed up with Eurodata TV Worldwide once again to uncover the most successful format of 2012. Using data from more than 71 countries, we present the shows that had viewers glued to their seats in 2012. Amandine Cassi, head of research at Médiamétrie Eurodata TV Worldwide, pores over the results and highlights the […]