‘Ninja Warrior’ could feature at LA Olympics as TBS partners with int’l athletic bodies

Japan’s Tokyo Broadcasting System Television (TBS) is working with international athletics bodies in a bid to get the course from its hit format Ninja Warrior (aka Sasuke) included in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games. TBS, which created the format in 1997, said it is collaborating with World Obstacle, the Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO) […]

Japan’s TBS expands into Korea with Naver & Shine Partners webtoon firm

Japan’s Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) is looking to tap into the webtoon phenomena by launching a new production company with Korean internet giant Naver and local manga company Shine Partners. Studio TooN, which will be based in Korea, will develop original webtoons with Japanese and Korean creators, with shows then adapted into TV dramas, anime and […]

Japan’s TBS outlines global co-production & investment strategy

Japan’s Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) is looking to expand its presence around the world by investing in international shows and striking new coproduction partnerships. The news comes ahead of US festival SXSW 2022, where TBS global producer Ryutaro Ichikawa will outline his company’s strategy, which includes seeking partners outside of Japan to coproduce shows with. […]

SPT takes global rights to Japanese lifehack show ‘Time Is Money’

A Japanese celebrity-skewing format from Ninja Warrior creators Tokyo Broadcasting System Television (TBS) has been picked up for global distribution by Sony Pictures Television (SPT). Time Is Money – The Celebrity Lifehack Show is based on the TBS primetime show Jitan Seikatsu Guide Show, which is based around a panel of celebrities who show off their favourite […]

WarnerMedia’s TBS links with BuzzFeed for ‘The Sims’ reality show

WarnerMedia’s US cabler TBS has linked up with Buzzfeed to launch a reality show based on the classic life simulation game The Sims. The Sims Spark’d is a four-episode show that will follow 12 players as they compete in both skills and elimination challenges in a bid to impress celebrity judges and win a $100,000 […]

WarnerMedia tweaks TBS, TNT & truTV teams as Thom Hinkle exits

WarnerMedia is rejigging the senior programming team at TBS, TNT and truTV following the exit of head of original content Thom Hinkle after less than a year in the role. Hinkle, who took up the job in October, is being replaced by Sam Linsky and Adrienne O’Riain, who will now jointly oversee scripted originals. Linksky […]

WarnerMedia’s TBS adapts South Korean social media format for US

WarnerMedia’s US cable network TBS is preparing to launch a local version of a South Korean talent format, with the exec who took The Masked Singer to America attached as exec producer. Celebrity Show-Off is based on MBC’s format My Little Television, which follows contestants as they attempt to claim the highest number of views […]

TBI Weekly: Pulling back the curtain on HBO Max

When the major US studios and tech giants unveiled plans to launch their own streamers, no one knew quite what that meant. Fast-forward two years, and things are becoming much clearer. Disney+ is going global with a smorgasbord of library content and an array of originals such as The Mandalorian; Apple TV has unveiled a […]

Corie Henson leaves Fox to oversee unscripted for WarnerMedia’s TBS, TNT & truTV

WarnerMedia has appointed former Fox and Electus exec Corie Henson to head up unscripted for its TBS, TNT and truTV brands. Henson becomes EVP and head of unscripted programming for the three networks, with a remit across creative development and production. She reports into Brett Weitz, general manager of TBS, TNT and truTV. She was […]

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