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Dancing and X Factor exec lands Fox job

Former BBC Worldwide and Syco programming exec Rob Wade is the new head of alternative programming at Fox. Wade becomes president, alternative entertainment and specials at the US broadcast network. He has worked on the US versions of several big international entertainment shows. He was showrunner on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and exec producer […]

ITV, Syco plot Making a Murderer-style doc series

UK network ITV and reality show guru Simon Cowell are working on a Making a Murderer-style true crime series. The Investigator: A British Crime Story will feature the former police officer Mark Williams-Thomas, who unmasked Jimmy Saville as a paedophile in the ITV doc The Other Side of Jimmy Saville. Williams-Thomas will look into the […]

US X Factor axed as Cowell returns to UK show

US broadcast network Fox has cancelled The X Factor after three seasons and the format’s creator and judge Simon Cowell is returning to the UK to shore up the original version of the talent show. Fox last week cited poor ratings for its version of the format as a key reason for its underperformance. The […]

Originals and English reshape US Hispanic TV

TV channels chasing US Hispanic viewers are programming an ever increasing amount of original content to win share among the young and increasingly affluent target demographic, reports Stewart Clarke. Eyeball-winning original programming and moves by some to programme English-language channels and content for the US Hispanic population are shaping the Latino and wider media sectors […]

De Mol poaches key executive from Simon Cowell

John de Mol’s Talpa has poached Simon Jones from Simon Cowell’s Syco. Jones, who was COO at Cowell’s company, will become CEO of Talpa’s new US division, Talpa Media USA.   Prior to Syco, Jones worked at ITV and FremantleMedia. He was the executive producer of American Idol and has also worked on the Got […]

Peter Chernin buys into YouTube channel operator

Peter Chernin’s investment vehicle has bought a stake in Base79, the digital company that operates a bouquet of YouTube channels. The Chernin Group (TCG) has paid US$10 million for a 25% stake in the company, which said it will use the cash to invest in technology and to launch channels in new territories. The company […]