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Formats round-up: BBC & NBCU strike pact; ‘How To Look Good Naked’ returns to France; ITV orders quizzer ‘Riddiculous’

BBC & NBCU strike ‘groundbreaking’ format pact The UK’s BBC and NBCUniversal in the US have formed a development partnership to find and fund the next wave of unscripted programming ideas. The joint unscripted partnership – described by the companies as “groundbreaking” – will be open to all UK-based production companies and see the two […]

Endemol Shine scores sales for VR format ‘Your Home Made Perfect’

Endemol Shine Group has struck its first international deals for VR property makeover series Your Home Made Perfect, selling the format into the Netherlands and France. The Netherlands’ RTL 4 has commissioned Simpel Media, part of Endemol Shine Netherlands, to produce an eight-episode run of the format, which will air in a primetime slot next year. […]

Newen fast-tracks English expansion with Reel One acquisition

Newen Group’s acquisition of Reel One Entertainment sees the TF1 Group-backed producer-distributor look to crack the English-speaking market and exploit European IP in the US, Canada and UK. The deal marks the French firm’s first concrete move into the English-speaking market, having previously acquired the likes of Denmark’s Nimbus, as well as Dutch formats firm […]

Banijay scripted chief Candilis moves to France Télévisions

France Télévisions has confirmed the appointment of Banijay Group’s head of scripted, Takis Candilis, as second-in-command of the French pubcaster. He will take up his new position on February 26 and replace Xavier Couture, but also take on extended responsibilities, which include all genres. Couture left France Télévisions this week after announcing his exit to […]

Superights hires sales chief after Favennec exit

French kids TV distributor Superights has hired Nathalie Pinguet to become deputy general manager following the exit of Morgan Favennec last month. The role effectively makes Pinguet head of sales and acquisitions at the Paris-based business. Pinguet is best known as deputy director of youth programming and deputy head of programming for TF1 Group’s kids […]

Newen debuts €50m UK drama fund

France’s Newen Group has created a €50 million (US$54.8 million) drama investment fund. TF1 Group-owned Newen will seek to invest in high-end scripted series from the UK to build up its portfolio of English-language content through sales arm Newen Distribution. To support the plan Newen has created an advisory board that includes veteran UK TV […]

Leroux to lead UK base for Newen

Julien Leroux will lead a London office for French production and distribution firm Newen Group. The exec has been named executive VP, sales and content development for Newen Distribution UK. The new base, details of which first emerged last year, is planned in order to boost sales of high-end programming and work on more English-language […]

Major Euro nets pact for MCN investments

France’s TF1 Group and Italy’s Mediaset have bought into ProSiebenSat.1’s Studio71, with the German media group taking a stake in TF1’s Finder Studios, as Europe’s multichannel network market consolidates. In what’s being described as a strategic digital media alliance, TF1 and Mediaset will take stakes of 6.1% and 5.5% respectively in Germany- and US-based MCN […]

Thuillier to top TF1 news net

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has named Thierry Thuillier as CEO of its news channel LCI. Thuillier will take over the role as of August 16, working alongside deputy CEO Jean-François Mulliez. Thuillier, who began his career as a journalist, was director of France 2 between 2013-15 before joining Canal+ Group as director of sports. He […]