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Canada’s CityTV returns to ‘Got Talent’ after decade hiatus

CityTV in Canada has ordered a second season of competition format Got Talent, almost a decade after the show last aired in the country. The new nine-part version is again from Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Fremantle, and will follow a new batch of Canadian hopefuls as they get their shot at fame in front of a celebrity […]

ITV Studios Entertainment rebrands & hires Syco’s creative director

Love Island’s UK producer ITV Studios Entertainment has been rebranded as Lifted Entertainment and appointed a senior exec from The X Factor outfit Syco Entertainment to work across its creative output. Lee McNicholas joins Lifted Entertainment as creative director for the company’s North division, with a remit to lead production and development from the company’s offices at MediaCityUK, […]

News round-up: Covid delays UK’s ‘Got Talent’; Wowow visits Harbour Rights; Parade lands ‘Derelict Rescue’

Covid delays UK’s Got Talent UK commercial broadcaster ITV has been forced to delay production on entertainment format Britain’s Got Talent following the country’s latest Covid outbreak. The 15th season of the show, from Fremantle and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment, had been scheduled to start filming in late January but ITV said production had been […]

Simon Cowell strikes Sony deal to take full control of ‘X Factor’, ‘Got Talent’

Music mogul Simon Cowell is taking full control of Got Talent and The X Factor prodco Syco Entertainment, after striking a deal with Sony Music Entertainment. The agreement will see Cowell personally buying out Sony’s stake in the joint venture, with ownership of all of the TV formats being moved into a privately held company, […]

TBI’s forward thinkers: Fremantle’s Vasha Wallace

Vasha Wallace, EVP of global acquisitions & development, Fremantle Streamers started dipping their toes into the format business last year, how do you think this will change in 2020? We are going to see the streamers continue to grow and go from being US-based platforms to becoming more local platforms with a focus on local […]

The case for TV and TikTok

TikTok has become one of the most talked-about social media launches of recent years, but producers and broadcasters are still in the dark on how best to navigate it. Manori Ravindran explores the do’s and don’ts for those working with one of the world’s fastest growing apps There’s a justifiable level of bewilderment about one […]

Fremantle, Syco & Hunan TV to co-develop China-based Got Talent series

Fremantle, Syco Entertainment and Hunan TV have partnered to co-develop a 13-part series for China, based on the Got Talent format franchise. The series will be known locally as China as Dian Feng Zhi Lu, which translates to World’s Got Talent and will appear in April on Hunan TV. Dian Feng Zhi Lu will bring […]

MIPCOM Hot Picks: The Greatest Dancer

Distributor: Fremantle Producer: Syco Entertainment, Thames Channel: BBC One (UK) Concept: Dancers audition in front of a hidden audience in hopes of partnering with top dancers and becoming the greatest in their field Fresh from a rebrand, Fremantle will hit the market with a major prime-time dance format from Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Fremantle-owned […]

Acun Medya taps int’l head from Simon Cowell banner

Acun Medya Global has hired Syco Entertainment’s head of international, George Levendis (pictured), as its chief operations officer. Levendis has been with Syco, the Simon Cowell joint venture with Sony, since January 2011. He oversaw all aspects of its international operations including the expansion of 50 versions of Got Talent and X Factor formats globally. […]